Title – Hate: A Love Story
Author – Laurel Ulen Curtis
Release Date – October 11, 2014
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Life can be messy,
And love can be too.
Most people say that it’s not important where you’re going, but instead, how you get there.
Unfortunately for me, the journey to love was absolutely agonizing. Love and Hate wrestled with my life day after day, year after year, and the only way to stop it was to let one of them win.
I fought to love harder. But I loathe my love story.
Laurel Ulen Curtis, what have you done to me? This story was one sucker punch after another. I had barely met the characters when a series of events, an unlikely combination of tragedies, would change their lives and their love forever. Laurel didn’t pull any punches with Hate: A Love Story. From start to finish this book was as genuine in its emotions as it was witty and heartfelt. Whitney and Blane’s story is one that will leave you feeling changed, somehow made better by the acceptance of human flaws and the careful navigation of irreparable grief.
“She didn’t just look tortured. She looked incomplete. As though a piece of her beautiful soul had wilted at the loss of his.”
Whitney is one of the most genuine characters I’ve come across in a very long time. Laurel crafted this character to be raw and insecure. Afraid and strong. Broken and real. The connection I forged with Whitney was immediate and steadfast. My soul connected to hers completely because she felt entirely honest, right down to her anger, shame and jealousy at all the wrong moments. I want to give Laurel a giant hug for exposing what it means to be human and for not writing characters who are perfectly in control of their thoughts and emotions. I loved this book so much because I could feel it. My heart ached, broke, bled and skipped a beat seemingly effortlessly as I made my way through Whitney and Blane’s story.
“Love. It’s the only immortal thing in this whole damn world, if you ask me.”
This was definitely an ugly cry book for me. Hate: A Love Story settled itself deep within me thanks to the incredible storytelling and phenomenal writing skills of Laurel Ulen Curtis. My emotions were beyond my control from the moment I began this book. Whitney and Blane’s journey is hauntingly beautiful. Their story is wracked with tragedy and heartache while fate seems relentless in its mission to cause total devastation in their lives. This book was unpredictable and at every turn I felt the loss of control as fate took over their lives.
“My dad always said the only way to stop something from following you, was to chase it.”
This book was chaos, in the most stunning way. The pacing was great, starting off when our characters first met as children and jumping ahead in time through their most important moments together. I was unquestionably consumed by the storm that was this story and I happily rode out the laundry list of tragedy to find even a sliver of a happily ever after. It’s been a while since I’ve read something so emotionally charged. I already want to re-read this book so I can get more time with Blane. Hate: A Love Story is an absolute MUST READ. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hate and you’ll love. You may even love to hate.
Aside from raving reviews from some of my closest advisors, I had no idea what to expect when I picked up Hate: A Love Story. What I ended up finding inside was anything but hate, and so many dynamics that I love, love, loved! Laurel Ulen Curtis has put a twist on a second chance, friends to lovers romance, giving it a refreshing feel. This standalone was a complete breath of fresh air and I’m certainly kicking myself for not picking it up sooner.
“I should have gone to him despite the void. Loved him through the hate. And embraced a friendship that had been several years in the making.”
I saw so much of myself in the heroine, Whitney, that my heart ached for her. She was always willing to put herself on the line and do whatever she could to help those she loved, no matter the cost. I admired that and it made me love her instantaneously. The way that she carried her feelings and her losses, yet never gave up hope, was so special and difficult to put into words. And of course we have our leading man, Blane, who was such a conundrum to me. From the first moments we see of him with Whitney, readers could see they had a special relationship. As he grew and changed from a boy to a man, there were so many mistakes and miscommunications that I wanted to smack him. However, there was also something about the description of his smirk and his determination that I tumbled down the rabbit hole. I was rooting for him and could feel his emotions in my own heart.
“It was amazing how much life worked like a river, carving a path, twisting and turning and washing away all kinds of sediment. If one way wouldn’t yield, it carved another. Often you were just along for the ride, but every now and then it dumped you somewhere beautiful. Somewhere you didn’t expect to find and wouldn’t be able to find again if you tried to do it all over.”
My favorite part of this novel was the difficult journey that these two characters had to go on in order to find each other. So many times when I read a second chance novel, I don’t have the opportunity to invest myself in the beginning stages of the relationship – that first time around. However, due to the things that happened between this couple, I had a deep-rooted need to figure out where they would end up. The way they got from point A to point B was gut-wrenching at times, yet felt so natural that it often surprised me. No part of the storyline felt forced or for dramatic effect, which I was a bit timid about the more that I delved into it. Laurel Ulen Curtis is a diamond that I have discovered, only she’s one that I want to share with the world. If you’re looking for a read full of feels (and some amazing comedic relief), Hate: A Love Story is an absolute MUST read!
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Laurel Ulen Curtis is a 27 year old mother of one. She lives with her husband and son (and cat!) in New Jersey, but grew up all over the United States. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, and puts that to almost no use other than forecasting for her friends and writing a storm chasing heroine! She has a passion for her family, laughing, and reading and writing Romance novels. She’s also addicted to Coke. The drink, not the drug.