Book Review: This Love Story Will Self Destruct

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When a book is blurbed “A young Norah Ephron.” chances are HIGH that I'm gonna read it. This debut novel is equal parts cute and infuriating. Told over the span of 6 years, from alternating perspectives, we follow Ben and Eve from college, into adulthood, and all over New York City. 

One of the most delightful aspects of this book for me was the way that NYC is truly a third protagonist. Each chapter starts with an address or location in the city, some of which I know and walk by on a regular basis. If you don’t live in or love the city, this aspect of the book might not be as fun to you.

Ben and Eve are both well drawn characters who the reader gets to know through out the years and pages. I found them both to be very realistic, in a way that made them feel almost too real—I was just as annoyed by them as I was invested in their stories. 

If you compare this story to When Harry Met Sally (as it seems many people are doing) I think you will likely be disappointed. But, it’s a completely enjoyable, cute, and heartwarming story in it’s own way. This would be a great summer read: breezy with out being superficial, and romantic with out being cheesy. 

If you know me, you know I love reading love stories. The more angst, drama, and emotional turmoil the better; this is not one of those love stories. While the ending is satisfying the story is not a page turner or one that will make you “feel all the feels” it is an honest, and quite realistic book. 

I still pass by them sometimes: the streets, apartment buildings, bars, and restaurants, all part of this story. And while they are unremarkable to most, they possess the unique ability to stop me dead in my tracks...A part of this story will always remain in those places, as if stranded in time.
— This Love Story Will Self-Destruct, page 1-2

Rating: 3/5

For fans of: The Assistants by Camille Perry, 500 Days of Summer, Love stories with a side of reality.