Review: Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann

Title: Love is for Losers

Author: Wibke Brueggemann

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

The Blurb

A laugh out loud look at first love, loss and trying to avoid the girl of your dreams. What a stupid expression that is in the first place: To fall in love. Like you fall into a ditch or something. Maybe people need to look where they’re going. As far as Phoebe Davies is concerned, love is to be avoided at all costs. Why would you spend your life worrying about something that turns you into a complete moron? If her best friend Polly is anything to go by, the first sniff of a relationship makes you forget about your friends (like, hello?), get completely obsessed with sex (yawn) and talk non-stop about a person who definitely isn’t as great as you think they are. So Phoebe decides isn’t going to fall in love. Ever. But that was before she met Emma.….. Love is for Losers is a hilarious, life-affirming novel about all the big stuff: love, sex, death, family, heartbreak, kittens, and kisses that turn the whole world upside down.

The Review

Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann is a brilliant story about love and loss. It covers a whole spectrum of issues such as losing your best friend to first love, LGBT representation, disability representation, parental issues among many many others.

The story follows Phoebe Davies who is a little bit of an outsider. She isn’t really comfortable with anyone but her close circle of friends and family however when she is forced to widen that circle we see her grow and Phoebe see’s how good life can be if you stop being so judgemental and let people in.

Phoebe is your classic flawed character. She is likeable but some of the things she does are not. She is quick to judge and sentence people when they act in a way that she deems inappropriate and she is always getting the wrong end of the stick but oddly it is these failures that make you like her and make her seem much more human.

I really enjoyed Love is for Losers. It is a great addition to the YA genre.

Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann is available now.

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