I haven’t reviewed a book on the blog since I posted my review of Daisy Jones &The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid but, thankfully, I spent most of my recent holiday reading (and burning) on a sun-bed so, starting today, I’ll be sharing reviews of the books I managed to read in the last two weeks. It isn’t the first book I read whilst I was away (my review of that one will be out early next month, for my blog tour date) but first book I’ll be reviewing is Out of Love by Hazel Hayes.
A novel for anyone who has loved and lost, and lived to tell the tale.
As a young woman boxes up her ex-boyfriend’s belongings and prepares to see him one last time, she wonders where it all went wrong, and whether it was ever right to begin with. Burdened with a broken heart, she asks herself the age-old question . . . is love really worth it?
Unintentionally, having read Reputation earlier in the year, it seems I’ve fallen down the Youtuber-turned-author rabbit hole with my latest – and long overdue – read, Out of Love.
You know when you just know you want to read a book before you’ve even picked it up? That was exactly the case with this one and, let me tell you, it delivered.
I assumed this would be a light hearted break-up story, purely based off the gorgeous green, yellow and white colour palette of the cover, but — as I delved deeper — I realised it was so much more.
An unnamed narrator takes the reader through the end and the beginning of their relationship. Whilst I am yet to experience being in a relationship myself, I find reading about relationships in whatever form incredibly interesting. Starting with the break up is an unusual, but captivating twist as the reader is already aware that the worst has happened (instead of waiting several hundred, sometimes thousand, pages to come to that conclusion) yet it doesn’t stop you from wondering just how they got to that point.
In a style that is raw, spiky and honest, Hayes takes the reader through the highs and lows of the relationship. Although I did have some reservations about the fact that the narrator was nameless, and remained that way, I think this actually added to the story as it makes the reader realise that it could be anyone.
Out of Love is not only about a breakup, Hayes also manages to cover topics such as writing, grief, mental health, family, relationships and sexuality with a sensitivity and honesty that’s incredibly rare in romantic — or any — fiction. It made for a sometimes quite brutal, upsetting read but – even though part of me wished it was just a sweet romance – it’s necessary that there are romances which cover relationships that aren’t working or aren’t necessarily romantic at all.
My only problem with this book is the fact that, at times (completely my own fault), the timeline could muddled. I found myself getting lost a few times regarding where we were in the story and timeline but — once I figured it out again — I was all good.
Sometimes I struggle to see why books are hyped so much on people’s blogs and bookstagram but – in the case of Out of Love– I completely understand. It wasn’t what I expected it would be, and was completely different to the romantic fiction I usually gravitate towards, but it made for an interesting, emotional and thought provoking read.
You can buy this book here.