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Book 121: Love is a Thief

Join the quest to take back what love stole!

Kate Winters is an ordinary girl, with a not-so-ordinary mission: take back what love stole!

Kate Winters might just be ‘that’ girl. You know the one. The girl who, for no particular reason, doesn’t get the guy, doesn’t have children, doesn’t get the romantic happy ever after. So she needs a plan. What does she like doing? What didn’t she get to do because she fell in love? What would she be happy spending the rest of her life doing if love never showed up again?

This is one girl’s journey to take back what love stole and maybe find love again along the way Feel-good, witty and addictive; Love is a Thief is the book everyone’s talking about.

I sort of just made some notes while reading and here they are:

^ Opening scene read like a Bollywood movie with Kate bawling her eyes out in the airport over the French boyfriend who left her for an upgrade.

^ British writers and their annoying footnotes. It’s not a textbook! However, the Tom Cruise footnote…

I have an obsession with Tom Cruise and his attitude to life. He is passionate about everything he does, enthusiastic, dedicated, committed. If you ask Tom Cruise to wash up dirty dishes, he’d wash them up so hard those plates would gleam. If he gets angry, he’s like a raging bull. Tom Cruise commits to everything 110% and I aspire to be more like that. So when questioning my own attitude to life or when facing its hurdles, obstacles, the odd broken heart, I ask myself the following: ‘What would Tom Cruise do?’ then I try to embody the spirit of Tom. More often than not life starts to feel pretty damn good. Try it. Say it. ‘What would Tom do?’ Feels good, doesn’t it? I love you, Tom! I actually love you!

…was unnecessary. It is the truth about TC’s commitment, but still, this footnote was never needed. Her love for TC could’ve been incorporated into the story. I love me some TC, but not in that way. 

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^ Maybe she should’ve tried asking ‘What would Jesus do?’

^ Annoying Chad! I couldn’t stop seeing him as Andy Serkis.

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^ So, I um, met Peter Parker and this was the result:

“Peter Parker, as in spider man?’ Federico asked.

“No silly,” Beatrice chortled, “although he was terribly serious…”

IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE! Peter Parker is obviously named after Spiderman and he doesn’t smile, but this PP is not Spiderman! Didn’t you have a childhood friend named Peter Parker, Federico? Some common sense! Are you that dense? Parker didn’t have any chemistry with Kate. I think I had more chemistry with him than Kate.

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^ I loved Gabriel 2.0! He was the best character in this messy story and I wish the story focused on him instead of boring Kate and the even more boring Parker.

^ The bold words were EXTREMELY annoying.

^ I love that plain old boring but good looking Peter was jealous of the even dreamier Frenchman, Gabriel. Why do most good looking Frenchmen get named Gabriel? Why do writers stereotype Frenchmen? Why can’t we get a Frenchman who is not dreamy for once? I write about Frenchmen and they’re not all dreamy. What was I saying about Frenchmen again? 

^ Kate is obnoxious, rude, inconsiderate, whiny, bratty, silly, downright annoying, childish… let’s get to the point: I hate her. 

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^ The story jumped around from here to there to over the cliff. Half of the time I didn’t know what the writer was talking about.

^ Federico, Kate’s friend, ties with her for being most irritating characters.

^ Instead of being funny, the story ends up being whiny and trashy. In a nutshell, this story is about a stupid grown woman who still acts like a child and whines whenever a boy breaks her heart. I’m glad Gabriel did. He should’ve stomped on it too. Stomp on it HARD and leave it in smithereens.

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^ Love was not a thief. Kate was just a selfish bore and this story just dragged. She should’ve just moved on with her life. I didn’t feel sorry for her and as far as I was concerned, Gabriel dodged a bullet.


Eh! I like the blue, though.


The bog standard public display of being over your last relationship is when you get yourself into a new one. It’s like holding a giant banner in the air that reads:


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Another book to set on fire!

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16 thoughts on “Book 121: Love is a Thief”

  1. So what I like about your review is that several of the things you hit on include a lesson about writing. This is why writers are constantly saying that one of the keys to becoming a writer is to read a lot. You can learn what works well, and you can learn things that do not work. For example, just from this book, here are a few of the key takeaways that apply to writing:
    1. Sentimentality is bad. If you open a book with someone crying, you’ve already alienated the reader. The reader is not yet connected to the protagonist and therefore couldn’t possibly care about why they are crying. It ends up making your character feel uncomfortable. Essentially you’re telling your reader they are supposed to feel sorry for the character instead of letting the journey allow them to feel that way on their own.
    2. Picking the right protagonist. If your protagonist is the most boring member of the cast, you picked the wrong character to follow.
    3. All the characters appearing the same. While stereotypes can help bridge gaps quickly, they’re just a starting point for a character, and to make them interesting, they should break a lot of stereotypes. If all your love interests are perfect, they’re also boring, and unrealistic. Readers want troubled, flawed, wounded souls who we still care about. Give us someone we can’t stop thinking about and who we yearn to read more about, not because of some boring perfect image, but because of their flaws. Those are the most interesting things about a person anyway, and what makes them different from the next guy. Otherwise, we could just pick the next guy that came along.
    4. Avoid things that pull the reader from the story, like weird font, bold words, blocks of italicized words, etc. While there may be a reason as a writer you’re trying to emphasize a portion of text, the result is usually that you disrupt the reader’s experience and pull them from the story.
    There were several other great points in your review, but my comment is starting to look like its own blog post. Great analysis of the book, Diana. Without even reading it, you gave me a lot to contemplate about writing! I find I do the same thing a lot when I’m reading. If I really don’t enjoy a book, I think about why, and apply that to my own writing, looking to avoid the elements that didn’t work in the book I read.

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    1. Some of us read a lot, but it still doesn’t help with our writing. You made some wonderful points, Mandie! I wish this was a blog discussion for others to learn from those points. I must admit, though, that I once read a book that opened up with a crying character and I was already feeling sorry for her and wanted to know why she was crying. I dislike perfect love interests as well unless done right which is a rarity. I am in love with characters and I am willing to give them chances, but some of them need major developing before allowing them to run free on paper.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I really appreciate it. 💙

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