This Love Story Will Self-Destruct

This Love Story Will Self-Destruct

This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, struct...

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Title:This Love Story Will Self-Destruct
Author:Leslie Cohen
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Edition Language:English

This Love Story Will Self-Destruct Reviews

  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

    4.5 stars

    Before I start with a brief synopsis, I just want to say that the writing was superb. It is the author's debut novel and it was written with such care, I was very impressed.

    We are introduced to Eve and her group of girlfriends as they navigate friendship and love in NYC. There are a group of guys who always seem to be just around, cue in Ben. Eve is anxious and over analyzes everything, that she feels most

    I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

    4.5 stars

    Before I start with a brief synopsis, I just want to say that the writing was superb. It is the author's debut novel and it was written with such care, I was very impressed.

    We are introduced to Eve and her group of girlfriends as they navigate friendship and love in NYC. There are a group of guys who always seem to be just around, cue in Ben. Eve is anxious and over analyzes everything, that she feels most of her relationships are doomed from the start. Ben is not her typical type and also has a connection to her former life that she is not aware of; they have a moment and a series of meet-ups soon after lead to the story of Eve and Ben.

    The characters are relatable and the dialogue is authentic, it felt very real. I felt very connected to Eve, and often as I read I would say "me too" when she was working through the feelings or thoughts in her head.

    I read this book in 1 day, as I had to get to the ending to see what transpired. It was a quick, delightful read. I highly recommend.

  • *The Angry Reader*

    ***ARC received for an honest review***

    Have you ever grabbed a handful of brightly colored candies and tossed them in your mouth thinking "all right! m&m's!" only to discover you now have a mouthful of skittles? That's what this book did to me - an unexpected tart flavor with a surprising deliciousness. I thought I was going to get sugary sweet, but instead I got something to chew on.

    A large portion of this book is about how Eve is neurotic and self-destructive and a hot mess. Cohen doesn't

    ***ARC received for an honest review***

    Have you ever grabbed a handful of brightly colored candies and tossed them in your mouth thinking "all right! m&m's!" only to discover you now have a mouthful of skittles? That's what this book did to me - an unexpected tart flavor with a surprising deliciousness. I thought I was going to get sugary sweet, but instead I got something to chew on.

    A large portion of this book is about how Eve is neurotic and self-destructive and a hot mess. Cohen doesn't dip her toes in the crazy pool - she goes in with a cannonball. Eve has to be one of the most believable, relatable and all-around lovable characters I've met. During her bizarre inner-monologues I thought "cool. Leslie Cohen has been inside my head." I found a story and an author that allowed me to connect to the characters on this visceral cerebral level. There was little physical description of Eve or Ben - but their beautiful idiosyncrasies were there in vivid detail.

    Ben is...okay, this is gonna sound rude. But Ben seems so incidental to the story...until he doesn't. I was all about Eve - riding the Crazy Train with my girl wondering "what's this guy doing here?" Til suddenly Ben felt like air - necessary. Cohen pulled the disparate strands of her multi-hued story from the air and weaved them together at the end - a bold tapestry of a story.

    I am jittery. A worrier. An overachiever. My husband is my rock. My anchor. And this is a love story that reflects real life - Quirky. Mundane. Stressful. Brilliant. A couple of times the story was so painful I had to set the book down and walk around. Twice I read paragraphs out loud because I needed to experience the writing on more levels. And while I didn't cry I did get a little teary - more than once.

    So yeah - not a romance. Not silly. Definitely way more book than indicated by the cover or the blurb.

    Way more book than I anticipated - in the best way possible. If you're looking for a love that's not about throbbing members, glamorous women and unrealistic expectations but about cockroaches, pajamas and the *Potato Chip Incident* this is the story for you.

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  • She  Always Reads

    Have you ever read a book and when the conclusion came, you were honestly a peace with it. This love story will self-destruct was so calming and satisfying the whole way through that I for sure thought I would be let down by the departing words. But I was wrong, this book just left me in such a tranquil state of mind that was in awe.

    It's exactly as the synopsis describes it to be, which was again oddly satisfying. This is the story of past acquaintances and what ifs. It was remarkably told throu

    Have you ever read a book and when the conclusion came, you were honestly a peace with it. This love story will self-destruct was so calming and satisfying the whole way through that I for sure thought I would be let down by the departing words. But I was wrong, this book just left me in such a tranquil state of mind that was in awe.

    It's exactly as the synopsis describes it to be, which was again oddly satisfying. This is the story of past acquaintances and what ifs. It was remarkably told through Eve and Ben point of view. Each very distinguishable in their own voice and expressions. 

    The characters are the most genuine and realistic bunch,  and throughout the book, you can see how each member of this odd group of friends grows from college years to marriages and jobs. It was comforting to see these New Yorkers come and go through the storyline. I appreciated that Cohen didn't go for the usual instalove connection with her characters. You see their flaws, their weaknesses so to speak. The attitudes, the diversity of the friendships. 

     It funny when I think about it. My husband and my path crossed multiple times over the course of our lives before we actually met. Maybe that is why it resonated with me so much. I appreciated every part of this and how Cohen intriguingly manifested a relationship through the entwinement of some pretty pivotal points of their lives. 

    This is a book that can easily be enjoyed be enjoyed by 16-year-old teen girl worrying about her high school sweetheart and what maybe come of them to a woman of a more mature age looking for a heartwarmingly sweet, witty, lovely love story that has withstood the test of times.

  • Brandice

    I just Loved

    ! I was intrigued from page 1 of the prologue and while the story had predictable elements, it was deeper and more relatable than I expected.

    This is a story about Eve and Ben, college acquaintances via mutual friends, in their senior year at Columbia University. Besides having mutual friends, Eve and Ben are pretty different. The story follows them through their 20s - jobs, friendships, relationships, learning about themselves, and trying to answe

    I just Loved

    ! I was intrigued from page 1 of the prologue and while the story had predictable elements, it was deeper and more relatable than I expected.

    This is a story about Eve and Ben, college acquaintances via mutual friends, in their senior year at Columbia University. Besides having mutual friends, Eve and Ben are pretty different. The story follows them through their 20s - jobs, friendships, relationships, learning about themselves, and trying to answer some of life’s most challenging questions.

    While the book can generally be described as contemporary fiction, and maybe even chick-lit by some, I got more from it. There were elements of tragedy in the story that I didn’t see coming. I liked all of the relationship dynamics throughout the book - family, siblings, friends, and romantic relationships. More than one that sounded a bit familiar.

    I enjoyed the writing in

    and also enjoyed both characters’ varying perspectives. I never disliked Ben, but he really grew on me as the story continued.

    Maybe I loved the book because I felt so many of the story’s elements, as well as Ben and Eve’s feelings, were relatable. Maybe the predictable elements will turn some readers off from this level of enjoyment - I’m not sure, but I’m glad

    read this one.

    .

  • Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀

    Wow! This book surprised me in the best of ways. I was just browsing through Net Galley and the title is what got my attention. I was expecting a ring pop, something cute and yummy and instead I got a freaking

    diamond!!! I love finding these hidden gems!

    This reads like a coming of age story with quirky characters, subtle humor and there are so many layers of complexity in how these characters responded to both big and small life changing events. The book starts with Eve and Ben i

    Wow! This book surprised me in the best of ways. I was just browsing through Net Galley and the title is what got my attention. I was expecting a ring pop, something cute and yummy and instead I got a freaking

    diamond!!! I love finding these hidden gems!

    This reads like a coming of age story with quirky characters, subtle humor and there are so many layers of complexity in how these characters responded to both big and small life changing events. The book starts with Eve and Ben in their college days and follows them into their 20's. They meet several times during college but there is absolutely no interest on both sides. Just another person you are forced to make small talk with because you run in the same circles. Eve is actually in a very toxic relationship with someone else initially and you get to understand why she made some really bad decisions later.

    Eventually while Eve is working as an aspiring music reporter and Ben is an engineer working on building the Freedom Tower, these two have a

    over a table of chicken wings and thus begins their romantic relationship. These two could not be any different. Ben is a logical guy, quiet and maybe considered boring. Eve is more quirky, emotional, unpredictable and a tad bit over dramatic. Her personality is probably the result of people walking out of her life in different ways and so she has huge trust issues. She does not believe in happily ever after and this leads to self-sabotaging her relationship with Ben.

    The eccentricity of these characters balanced out the grave situations and life changes they went through. At one point Eve and Ben find out they are connected in a most shocking way. My emotions were in overload and I acutely felt Eve's pain. The fact that she dealt with her pain by personifying bread and writing songs about how a pair of gloves feel when one of them is lost just made her that more appealing to me.

    I can't believe this is the author's debut novel. The writing was magnificent, complex and emotionally intelligent. I dare anyone to read this book and not be blown away. Highly recommended!

    COME FIND ME!

  • Dianne

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Boy meets girl, girl doesn’t even acknowledge him on her radar, perhaps because he is reasonably safe, a little bland, not a bad boy? Eve is anything but stable, mature, she is a dreamer, waiting for her dreams to arrive and unfold themselves in front of her. She likes to think she is living life on the edge, but her own thoughts and insecurities keep tripping her up.

    Ben is a young man who thrives on order in a chaotic world. He isn’t worthy of Eve’s notice until years later

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Boy meets girl, girl doesn’t even acknowledge him on her radar, perhaps because he is reasonably safe, a little bland, not a bad boy? Eve is anything but stable, mature, she is a dreamer, waiting for her dreams to arrive and unfold themselves in front of her. She likes to think she is living life on the edge, but her own thoughts and insecurities keep tripping her up.

    Ben is a young man who thrives on order in a chaotic world. He isn’t worthy of Eve’s notice until years later when their paths continue to cross long after they were “out in the world,” and even then, it isn’t some magically, eye-opening experience, but there is something. The pull of opposites attracting? Eve finally deciding to get off the crazy train and grow up just a little? Ben needing to add a pinch of chaos in his orderly world?

    Funny how a character can irritate a reader, especially when she is so realistic, shallow, but far too realistic. Eve is that girl who wants to live life in the fast lane, complete with the drama, the bad choices and the ability to do it all in the shallow end of life. She has been damaged by her past, and it becomes her shield, her reason for why she is the way she is, which is often unappreciative (ie: her stepfather and her attitude towards the man).

    I wanted to know more about Ben. Being less “volatile or quirky” doesn’t mean he isn’t just as complex.

    Love is a funny thing, there is no rhyme or reason, it’s an attraction that just is. Real love doesn’t worry what others think, it isn’t life in the fast 24/7. Will Eve learn this before it is too late? Perhaps she will never find that “perfect love,” perhaps she will find what she needs as opposed to what she thinks she wants. Will Ben be there to cross her path one more time?

    by Leslie Cohen is superbly written, there is no doubt that Ms. Cohen is a gifted wordsmith. She did evoke emotions from me, not sure all were good ones, but I was drawn in, partly because I needed to hope I could find that missing connection, that AHA moment when everything made sense and I could return to reality feeling settled, feeling I could like BOTH main characters. It didn’t happen, but maybe it’s just me, because I DO like Leslie Cohen’s sense of writing style, sharp, edgy and strong enough to create a world where not everyone feels warm and fuzzy.

    I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.

    Publisher: Gallery Books (January 23, 2018)

    Publication Date: January 23, 2018

    Genre: Fiction | Domestic Life

    Print Length: 336 pages

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  •  Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

    is an all-consuming read. Leslie Cohen's debut rendered me completely useless on a snowy Sunday in April (yes, April. Spring is drunk). This book had the perfect balance of funny and light-hearted moments with depth and emotion. Highly recommended for seekers of "can't put it down" reads.

    Eve and Ben meet in college in Columbia University. They're opposites but you know what they say about that, right? Eve is a free-spirited and artsy aspiring music journalist w

    is an all-consuming read. Leslie Cohen's debut rendered me completely useless on a snowy Sunday in April (yes, April. Spring is drunk). This book had the perfect balance of funny and light-hearted moments with depth and emotion. Highly recommended for seekers of "can't put it down" reads.

    Eve and Ben meet in college in Columbia University. They're opposites but you know what they say about that, right? Eve is a free-spirited and artsy aspiring music journalist while Ben is an analytical engineering student. Despite meeting multiple times in college, Eve can't seem to hold onto his name. The reader is dropped throughout moments in their twenties. Flash-forward three years after they first meet, Eve works at a restaurant and is dating a guy who is more interested in the drugs part of "sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll." Even more time passes and they run into each other again, but this time sparks fly.

    Eve's self-destructive behavior is the product of her troubled and tragic childhood. Her father walked out on her mom and sister and never looked back. Her mother perished in the 9/11 attacks. Her fear of abandonment and attachment has gotten her in trouble in past relationships. She always seems to pick the wrong guy, until Ben. Ben is the ying to her yang. He is well-adjusted, level-headed, and brings a sense of calm to her neurotic tendencies. I really loved them as a couple. I love Ben's patience with Eve and how supportive he is.

    This book is very much about Eve coming to terms with her past but it's also a story of just how powerful the good kind of love can be. There was a part of Eve that identified with so completely. There is a scene that she experienced between her father that I connected with on such a personal level. I totally understood Eve's character and reluctance to jump into something completely due to fear.

    New York City is a secondary character in this novel, pushing and pulling Eve in different directions. Her past is tethered to different parts of the city. When she moved away, the city called her back. Ultimately, she found herself in the city where she experienced so much pain. I really liked experiencing the culture and the landscape of the city.

    It seems like my streak of finding great debuts continues into 2018. I read most of this book in one day because I simply couldn't put it down. Will Ben and Eve end up together or will Eve's propensity to self-sabotage ruin them? Cohen is a yet another author I'm going to keep an eye on.

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  • adaline

    Do you ever start a book and instantly get that sinking feeling in your gut because you know with every fiber of your being that you're just

    ?? I always feel absolutely horrible not finishing arcs, but when I don't care about characters at the 20% mark, I know I'm not going to care to see their journey to the end of the book.

    Everything about

    Do you ever start a book and instantly get that sinking feeling in your gut because you know with every fiber of your being that you're just

    ?? I always feel absolutely horrible not finishing arcs, but when I don't care about characters at the 20% mark, I know I'm not going to care to see their journey to the end of the book.

    Everything about

    grated on my nerves. It had that writing style I loathe in which everything in such a way to seem super deep, except it's really just incredibly shallow. It felt forced, like the author was trying to create sentences that could be pulled from the book and used as "deep" quotes to be plastered on some dreamy photo of a beach or sunset.

    not only had the fake-deep writing though, but also sections of paragraph that made little to no sense. I don't know if the author was trying to go for some sort of abstract style of describing things & events or what, but it didn't work for me in the slightest. At 3% in I was already struggling to keep up with the metaphors and descriptions.

    And Eve. Oh, sweet lord, I had to deal with pages upon pages of

    . Look, I love quirky characters. I love characters with depth and tortured pasts, who perform questionable actions because of it. But Eve. My god. I don't think I've ever hated a main character so quickly. She's the epitome of a quirky character gone wrong. Her past was traumatic, but leaves me hard-pressed to understand how it ended with her becoming such a scattered, brainless character. Her actions were irrational or incredibly dramatic, and even with being inside her head throughout almost 30% of the novel, I still don't feel like I ever got a good understanding of what drove her so forcefully to do the inane things she did.

    Besides the writing and Eve, there were also a few other things that made me decide to toss this one aside. After reading others' reviews (god bless you people who made it through this), I learned that the real main love interest doesn't even appear again in the story until 50%. And yeahhh, there was no way I was going to make it until then with the asshole that was Eve's current boyfriend. Aside from that, I've also seen mention of Eve cheating which doesn't surprise me in the slightest but still makes me want to bang my head against the wall. I can only hope that one day we'll have romance novels without cheating.

    Overall,

    was one of those books that was just not for me. Between the writing style, Eve's narration, and Eve herself, I was unable to drag myself to the halfway mark. I'm disappointed, because I feel like the characterization of those within the novel was strong (as annoying as they were), and there was a glimmer of potential throughout what I read. Unfortunately though, anything truly memorable and enjoyable failed to be executed.

    *2 out of 5 stars*

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