Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Date of Publishing :August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
I’ve been putting off writing this review for the longest time. It feels like almost a lifetime ago that I read Ugly Love (because I’ve read about 9235647 books since then) but in truth it’s only been three weeks.
A slight warning: This book has been marked as New Adult Fiction but it has some mature scenes, mature sex scenes so if you’re a bit young, this may not be the book for you to pick up yet.
Okay. Where do I even start? Reading Ugly Love has been a kind of a revelation—and it’s left me without much to say.
But I’m going to try.
A brief intro into the book: Ugly Love begins with Tate who moves to San Francisco to stay with her brother Corbin while she saves up to move into her own apartment and studies nursing. And so she meets Miles, who is her brother’s neighbor and friend.
Time and time again, we’ve read books where the girl is scared of letting anyone in, she’s been hurt before and she’s closed off. And then the guy kind of pulls her out of her shell and teaches her love again.
Ugly Love is just the complete opposite. Tate is so simple. She is a student, but she’s also working. She’s attracted to this hot neighbor and she has a good relationship with her brother and she’s trying to avoid the guy who keeps hitting on her. She’s just another girl. Except, not quite.
Miles, on the other hand, is all wounded and mysterious. He’s got a wall, an armor around him and he doesn’t want to let anyone in and that includes Tate. He’s not looking for any kind of relationship and that’s worked out for him since six years. But Miles is obviously attracted to her so there’s something there.
There and then begins a sort of a friends-with-benefits kind of a relationship and we see how slowly it becomes more.
The book is written in dual voice so while we learn the present from Tate’s POV, we also learn about Miles’ past and the reason for his current state of mind. And the two voices are very, very persuasive—both in their inner monologues and their intensity. Both impactful, both heart wrenching and both so vastly different from each other, that it is difficult to reconcile the two in your mind.
The book is filled with raw pain, both Miles’ and Tate’s. Unrequited love blossoms and is then crushed; hearts learn love and are then destroyed and broken to pieces. Ugly Love is a type of book that has you giving up any and all semblance of control over your tear-ducts from the first page. But in my personal experience—these are characters you will want to cry for. Characters that will cut you wide open while you crave their happy ending.
Characters that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
The journey that Tate takes isn’t an easy one. She has to decide if Miles’ closed off nature is worth it, if he is worth it and I found myself gritting my teeth in anticipation of every word she said and every reaction he gave. It’s funny, actually. The things that so many other couples take for granted—a sideways glance, a stroke of thumb on palms, a smile—it’s whopping growth for these two.
It’s also kind of sad for the very same reason.
Miles has a lot of ground to cover, emotionally. Some of the things I like about Miles were that he wasn’t this all-knowing, all-seeing sex god. He didn’t fall in love at first sight with Tate. He was the same with other people as he was with Tate. And most importantly, he grew. As a character in a book, as a person with emotional issues and as a lover. It was difficult—as these changes in life mostly are—and he took it up as a challenge. It was arduous but he tried. Whether he succeeded or not is the crux of the book.
Corbin (Tate’s brother) and Ian (Miles’ friend) were the two secondary characters in the book. Both with fresh perspectives and unique voices, it was a pleasure to read them both. There was also Cap but he’s in a complete different league of his own. You can only read to find out.
I haven’t read too much of Colleen Hoover. But there’s no two ways about it—she’s an insanely talented woman who can make you ugly cry in a matter of four or five chapters. That being said, she’s not only explored the ugly facets of love, but also the parts of human nature that have the strength to endure pain and heart break. And the way she does it is absolutely amazing.
Ugly Love is definitely worth reading. While I wouldn’t say that this is the best book of the year, it’s damn well close 😀
“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.”
“I didn’t fall in love with you… I flew.”
“Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it all up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again.”
“It may be a small piece at a time, but my past is yours now. All of it. Anything you want to know, I want to tell you. But only if you promise me I can also have your future.”
“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know who’s eyes you need to squeeze them in.”
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