Title: Almost Love
Author: Louise O’Neill
Pages: 320 Pages
When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.
So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.
Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.
But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.
And love is supposed to hurt.
Almost Love by Louise O’Neill is one of the most uncomfortable books that I have read in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely love Louise O’Neill’s writing style and I have felt the exact same way reading the other books she has released (Only Ever Yours and Asking For It). O’Neill has an uncompromising way of writing stories that put you in situations that you either have strong feelings about or that make you feel unsettled.
Further to this, I personally feel that O’Neill creates characters that aren’t necessarily likeable. I really didn’t like Sarah. She was condescending yet felt everyone was looking down their noses at her. She made silly decisions but then felt that she was the injured party. She just wasn’t a character to fall in love with.
But that is the power of Louise O’Neill’s writing. She doesn’t allow you to rest on your laurels. She challenges you as a reader. If you read for escapism then Louise O’Neill’s books are not for you but if you like to be put in a situation that feels fraught with tension then pick up her books (all of them) today.
Almost Love by Louise O’Neill is available now.
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