BOOK REVIEW ~ LOVE LIKE CRAZY BY MEGAN SQUIRES

Love.
Life.

All things that can be considered—and oftentimes are—just a bit crazy.

With an alcoholic father and an absentee mother, seventeen-year old Eppie Aberdeen has learned firsthand that life’s circumstances aren’t always sunshine and roses.

So Eppie doesn’t expect the fairytale, because reality certainly isn’t one. She’s not waiting on the handsome prince with his white horse to come to her rescue. But even though she’s not waiting on it, that doesn’t stop nineteen-year-old Lincoln Ross from driving straight into her heart with his teal and white campervan and his too tall stature and perpetually goofy grin.

It’s difficult to believe in a happily ever after when a happy now is quite hard to find. But Lincoln gives Eppie hope that despite the odds, a true and unconditional love might actually be out there. A revised fairytale. A new kind of love story.

But then again, that might just be plain crazy.
4-4.5 stars!!
Welp, I didn’t expect this cute cover to hide such a deep and meaningful story. Though it started off slow in the beginning, the witty dialogue, quirky characters each with their own brand of eccentricity, and heartwarming romance quickly won me over. By the end of the book I was alternating between awww-ing and smiling. Written in the same vein as The Fault in Our Stars and Bright Side, this YA book really charmed me and was a total escapism kind of story.
Eppie Aberdeen is a social pariah in her town. Growing up with a messed up family background and a perceived suicide attempt slapped to her name, Eppie doesn’t expect to find anyone who thinks she’s different than what gossip brands her as. On a day just like any other, she comes across a dog victim to a hit-and-run and hauls him to the clinic for medical attention. It’s there where she meets the mysterious hero Lincoln who helps her out.
Lincoln Ross also has a tough upbringing. With a wealthy but egoistical family constantly looking down upon his achievements, he’s not quite sure what his life goals are and is just living life by the day. When he sees Eppie bringing in the wounded dog, he’s touched by her compassion and offers to help and a friendship between two kindred souls is lighted.
For the first 20% I wasn’t too sure what direction this book was going in but right after that the story really picked up. It’s all about filtering the bad, magnifying the good and balancing the two out. For once it’s refreshing to have a hero who isn’t damaged or a bad boy, just a normal sweet guy any girl would feel lucky to call her boyfriend. Eppie is also a terrific female lead who doesn’t let her past dictate her future. It’s subtle but the way the book is structured hints at an epic reveal about Eppie’s character and when it was revealed, I was pretty shocked. Did not expect it at all. It only ignited every motherly instinct in me and made me admire her resiliency even more.
The romance was really tender and built up over a foundation of trust and respect. These two characters are some of the sweetest and most considerate characters I’ve read about and again, it’s refreshing to read about a realistic romance than develops over time and isn’t spontaneous.
There were only a few things that bothered me but didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book too much. First, these teenagers don’t speak like regular teenagers but then again, neither did Hazel or Gus from The Fault in Our Stars so I’m okay with giving them a pass on this. For me personally, I LOVED that their dialogues were intelligent, witty, and thought-provoking. Then there was a heartbreaking scene with the dog Herb and the author never revisited him again. It wasn’t exactly clear what the dog’s fate was and while I was reading the rest of the book my mind kept going back to Herb. And lastly, I thought the ending was rushed. There were multiple revelations near the end and I felt like they were tied up too nicely but it didn’t bother me to the point where I got annoyed.
This is a book I would recommend to those looking for a sweet, deep, and motivational romance with two unforgettable main characters and supportive side characters. It was humorous, satirical, at times emotional, and provided a unique reading experience in the YA genre.