REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover a.k.a unpopular opinion here

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TITLE: Ugly Love
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
PUBLICATION: Published August 5th 2014 by Atria Books
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)S
OURCE: Own
RATING:  

 

2★★1/2 

 

AMAZON | B&N 
 
 
 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 
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.
 

 

REVIEW:

 

Ohhhh. How do I put my thoughts into words? Just to let you know, this review is from a hardcore fan of Hoover. Her books may not have 5stars from me, but she’s one of my auto-buy authors. I mean, obviously. There’s a lot of new releases yesterday and Ugly Love is the first one I dived into.

I’m going to make this review as clear as possible. God knows how muddled my mind is right now. So I’ll just break into Plot, Characters, her writing, etc etc

Writing. POV’s. As ever, Hoovers writing is beautiful. She has this lyrical way of writing that compels you to NOT stop reading. And even though Colleen is a writing goddess for me, I PERSONALLY think that she made a mistake here. Like, a huge mess mistake. MINI SPOILER AHEAD. ***SKIP THIS PART IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILES ABOUT THE POV’S*** Ugly Love is on Tate and Miles’ POV.  Tate on present day. And Miles’ six years ago. I  AM SO MAD ABOUT THIS. You see, I can’t properly have my Tate and Miles feels because EVERY TIME I read Miles’ POV she’s with this girl: Rachel.  His first love! And you guys, THEY ARE SO FREAKIN SWEET. Like, you might think that this book is about them, not Tate and Miles’. And this is why I’m so so mad, because while Rachel and Miles are making sweet dovey love to each other (in Miles’ POV) , Miles and Tate are f***ing (in Tate’s chapter) GUYS, IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.

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I mean, I am sorry. But even though those Rachel and Miles events took place six years ago, it’s kind of hard to not feel that as if Miles is cheating, or that he is screwing two girls at the same time. I don’t think you can actually feel me if you haven’t read the book. But guyssss

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I was so tempted to skip Miles’ POV but I CANNOT. Because I like torturing myself. Also, because I want to know him, what made him that way, what made him such a stupid tamer version of CHRISTIAN GREY. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. Which brings me to my point two.

CHARACTERS. Likeable but Stupid MC and Intense but Stupid Love interest.

Tate wasn’t annoying. At first. Like any Hoover heroine, I found myself liking Tate so hard. She’s just sooo… easy-going and a little funny also screwed up and did I already mention, stupid?

“I’m so screwed up. Everything he says should send me running, but instead, it makes me want to wrap my arms around him and give him whatever it is he’s willing to take from me.”

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Oh Tate, what is the matter with you. You’re young (23), you have a perfect career ahead of you (as an RN) and according to that guy who keeps flirting with you even though he already have a wife, you’re hot. So… WHYYYYY. ***MINI SPOILERS AGAIN*** There’s even this scene when they’re having S-E-X (sorry, there might be K-I-D-S) and Miles says another name. And you know what? She just said to ‘continue’

“I let him use me to get rid of his pain”

Seriously girl,

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Tate a.k.a taking masochism in a whole different level.

I don’t like her making Miles look like a god or a very perfect swoon worthy guy because HE IS NOT.

Miles. Look, I get it. He’s broken I mean, the guy haven’t even had  S-E-X for six years! Even kiss, na-da! That’s how broken he is. His past really was a little traumatic, but Miles was such a douchebag and cruel to Tate through out the book that when it finally revealed his hurtful past, I just… MEH.

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There’s no even tears. The title said Ugly Love, well you got that right! There is nothing beautiful about this book. Maybe the parts in Miles’ POV, but he’s not even spending those moments with Tate. Tate and Miles’ lovey dovey moments were in the last few pages. UGH. Here is the conversation they usually have:

Miles: I CANNOT LOVE U

Tate: It’s ok..

Miles: I just wanna have sex but i cannot luv u tho. u in??

Tate: sure

Miles: *having sex*  Oh, Racheeeeelll OH WAIT UHMM

Tate: just continue

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I give up, Tate. I give up.

Miles keeps saying that he is not capable of love or that he doesn’t want to love again or that it is just sex that he really just wants and Tate was oh so hurting, but she just keeps letting him

“Make me leave, he says, his voice pleading and warm against my throat. “You don’t need this…I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.” I don’t tell him to go. I shake my head. “I can’t.”

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I am so done.

PLOTLINE. What I love most about CoHo’s book are the depth in her stories. Well, I don’t know about this one. Whether we admit it or not, whe had this plotline before. In books, movies… Have you heard Friends With Benefits? The difference is that the guy in that movie is less douchey and ugh I cannot even think of more insulting word for Miles but I seriously want to insult him.

When I read the blurb, I thought that it’s about two people that will slowly fall in love to each other. I mean it happened before. The guy doesn’t want to commit but he falls in love with the girl anyway. ***MINI SPOILER AGAIN*** It is true, Miles fell in love with Tate eventually. And when I say ‘Eventually’ it means when he realized, Oh no wait, when he’s friend made him realize that Tate is more than just doormat. WHAT IS THAT STORY. I DO NOT KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY LOOKING AT COSMO FOR TIPS TO GIVE TO TATE ON HOW TO NOT BE A DOORMAT AND/OR A BOOTYCALL (there’s a lot btw)

ENDING. This is where my other star came from. Even though I didn’t shed any tear through out the book, I love how things ended. And a little relieved, actually. I want something that can salvage my love for CoHo. Oh and you guys!!!

COHO

PULLED

A MAFI..

YES.

It

is

true.

I do not know why she did this..

But she did..

Oh, she did..

 

I liked it a little though. It wasn’t that annoying and irritating . I just don’t see the point. Look, I still recommend this. Maybe it was a ‘it’s not you, it’s me case’. I really am curious about your response and reactions if ever you’ve read the book. 🙂

If anyone will be looking for me

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20 thoughts on “REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover a.k.a unpopular opinion here

  1. Ugh, I really don’t get why authors keep on writing books about an emotionally unavailable guy. It’s like, why? Why make guys like this and girls like Tate who completely have no self-respect, allowing herself to be someone’s toy for sex? His being broken is NOT an excuse. I wouldn’t read Maybe Someday, and I wouldn’t read this one, either. It would only be a frustrating read for me.

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    1. That’s exactly my thoughts. It’s like *some* authors don’t think that they CAN make a decent love interest and readers will love it. Why does it have to be a doucebag ALL THE TIME?! Sorry to hear that, Faye. Though I am really a fan of her other books, I wouldn’t recommend Maybe Someday and this one either.

  2. I feel like you need buckets of ice for all those wall bumping and headdesking. *gives you ice compress* XD As a reader, I never excuse someone’s action because that’s JUST the way he/she is. Tate needs a slap that would awaken every sleeping brain cells she has left and Miles just needs to get tasered or something. But I’m still kinda hoping this gets resolved along the way and she pulled a Mafi? Color me surprised!

    I’m not sure this book would be for me. I’m a nurse and I feel personally disappointed and I don’t think our fridge has enough wonders to rinse the bitter taste this book might probably leave in my mouth. Here’s hoping you have better luck with the author’s other book!
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    1. *takes ice compress* Thanks, Sarah. This helps a lot =)) This book really surprised me, and not in a good way! And I vote YES for the slapping. UGH, she’s such a doormat.

      Thanks, Sarah! I hope that as well.

  3. Seems like the New Adult reviews I’ve read that you wrote were all from books you didn’t enjoy quite so much. That’s such a shame, I haven’t read a book by this author but was looking forward to seeing if the hype had its reason to be there. Seems like so-so/meeh/blaah. Anyway, great review, Paula and, whatever your opinion is, I’m always glad to see that you’re an honest reviewer. We need more people like you around here coz I see too many people only giving 4-5 stars to EVERY book. That’s just unrealistic!
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    1. I know! It’s not really my intention! 🙁 But of course, I want to be honest. If you ever read this though, I’ll be excited for your review! Seems like I’m part of the minority in this book.

      Awww. Thanks, Lola! I really appreciate that 😀

  4. Yikes. I read your spoiler and this books is definitely NOT for me. This is why I read differing opinions of a really popular book. I need to see opinions on both ends of the spectrum and I’m so glad I read your review because I was actually thinking about trying this book out. Now I know that this might be a wallbanger for me. The thing is, I don’t mind purely physical relationships or the friends with benefits dynamic. But both parties have to agree and be in the same mindeset in the relationship althroughout. And no, I don’t mean when the girl is saying that it’s okay to be f*ck buddies when deep down inside she’s actually hoping for the dudes love. NO. JUST NO. And I hate martyrs. As a woman, I’m pissed off with what Miles represent but at the same time, TATE let it happen. She let herself be a doormat and let herself be used. And that is bloody frustrating. From the title, I know this is not one of those sweet and swoony romances. But from what I’ve read from your review, I will end up hating this book. Better to just stay away. Awesome review Paula! 🙂
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    1. I hate martyrs as well! Though yes, there are people like them in real world. But c’mon! Be reasonable! You deserve more. What I hate most about this book is that Tate didn’t even had that thought. It’s like she thinks that being treated that way is NORMAL. asdfghjkl

      Miles is not a love interest that I expected from CoHo 🙁 Makes me sad.

      Thanks, Amir! <3

  5. I skimmed your mini-spoilers but I really do get where you’re coming from. I mean, a stupider version of Christian Grey? That is not something I would normally even bother to read and know about. That said, I know I’ll read this because despite my issues with CoHo’s recent releases, I’m still holding out hope that she’ll write something else that I will fall deeply inlove with like I did with the first two books of Slammed series. Anyway, I love this honest review, Paula! The gifs, as usual, are on point! hahaha
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    1. Yes! And then I’ll stalk you (not that I’m not already doing that) because I’m curious about your reaction! I’ll be waiting, Dea! :p

      Hahaha. Thankss!! <3

  6. LOL I skimmed through a bit because of the spoiler thing. I’m so sorry you didn’t love it Paula. 🙁 Now, I have a feeling I won’t like it too because I’ve asked some readers if there was a twist of some sort, but no…I have high standards and expectations for Colleen Hoover. Hopeless for me is still her best work, Maybe Someday was pretty good, I liked the concept but nothing beets hopeless. HAHA Let’s cross our fingers that I’ll love UGLY LOVE
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    1. My first love will always be Slammed 😀 But hopeless comes second! IDK what happened here. Full of bad decisions, if you ask me. I’ll never leave CoHo though. Like you, my expectations for CoHo will always be high, this one just didn’t do it. Tag me though on twitter when you review it! I’m genuinely curious!

      Thanks, Chyna! I hope you’ll like it.

  7. Okay . . . that was equal parts hilarious and traumatizing . . . and if just hearing about the events secondhand is traumatizing . . .

    I’m going to treat this as a safe space and admit that despite LOVING Slammed, etc., I refused to read whatever that last Big Deal Hoover books was b/c CHEATING. So . . . when I started hearing about this one, I was skeptical, b/c while I acknowledge that love stories with zero strife are boring . . . ugly is ugly. I think I’m going to pass on this one. FABULOUS, honest (and hilarious) review 😉

  8. I wish I made that choice 🙁 I had no idea that THIS is what I’m gonna get. I loved SLAMMED too! So much, actually. That’s why I’m a little mad about this. Anyway, CoHo will ALWAYS be a favorite. I just hope she stays away with this kind of theme.

    Thanks, Jessica!! <3

  9. As a critic I think it’s hard for you to understand at only being 18 the complexity of the story. People that have lived lives that have lost, been through heartbreak and devastation can relate to this book. Life is rarely wrapped in a pretty paper and a pretty bow. Life is full of tragedies and heartbreak. Sometimes it’s just about how to get out through to the other side. Sometimes we do dumb things in order to ease our pain and others pain. The main character was in a douche bag he was heartbroken and devastated and didn’t know how that he could possibly love again without hurting again. There was nothing week about Tate or made her a map to walk on. She tried to break through his barriers the best but she knew how and was completely wrapped up in the idea of being with him maybe fixing him but ultimately trying to show him love.

    1. And I don’t want to be all dramatic in here but YES, I do know a thing or two about heartbreak and loss. That’s why I didn’t like the book at all. For me, Tate is such a weak character.. I’ve seen/read a lot of worse scenarios that were able to pull through without doing what Tate did to herself. Maybe because I’m a person who doesn’t agree with all the things that Tate did. Whether its from someone in a book or in real life.

      I agree with all the things you said about life but I don’t agree with how this book shows Tate’s character.

      I didn’t mention this on my review but I guess I’d like the book more if the time setting was different. If Tate was able to actually think. Anyway, I still had a lot of problems with the book that I didn’t mention in here which I know now as a mistake. I still stand with my rating and with my review. Thanks!!

      Oh and age is not something to based on when it comes to knowing pain and loss and heartbreak imo.

  10. Thats the honest review i’ve ever read. Well I’ve got to agree with you. Gosh, i cant believe it CoHo actually spent so much time describing Miles’s feeling for his ex! Thats totally NOT COOL. I mean, we have high expectation from CoHo and this one totally have turned me off too. And Tate who do you think you’re? Is it OK having sex with him while hes saying another girl name and you just said to ‘continue’.What the hell is wrong with you and yet you still let him use you and at the same time you get hurt.

    I know it seems like a very emotional comment lol but thats just my opinion bout the book. Overall, i really love your review. Its great and hillarious too. Good job Paula 🙂

    1. THANK YOU HAZIQAH! A lot are disagreeing with me and honestly, I’m fine with that. If you like the book, that’s cool. Right?

      And I love your comment!! Thank you so much for stopping by <3

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