Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 352
“Just let it go.”
That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.
Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.
Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?
I had a very hard time getting into this because I was so uncomfortable. I’m talking “wearing jeans that are two sizes too small and getting motion sickness while sitting in the middle seat of an airplane on a 10 hour flight next to two arm rest stealing people who also have motion sickness and bad body odor and someone is eating smelly fish” uncomfortable. Through the freaking roof levels of uncomfortable! Everything that was happening made me cringe, the situations were an absolute nightmare.
This book was definitely an interesting (though also infuriating) take on the difficulties of love and how different people handle situations in different ways. The St. Clair family and the Bennett family were both dealing with some heavy shit, and they each were handling their situation in a drastically different way. Though I’m positive there is no “right way” to deal with cheating, divorce, and slowly crumbling family dynamics, but it was frustrating to read about both situations. The St. Clair residence seemed to be a bit in denial, but with subtle cruelty and hatred sprinkled in that had me a little concerned was going to lead to the “unintentional” death of a character. Meanwhile, over at the Bennett household, the parent was acting like the child and tossing blame for their own bad behavior on their offspring, and that really bothered me.
There were so many unnecessary complications that arose in this book simply from a lack of communication between the characters. So many misunderstandings and secrets. Does nobody learn that honesty is the best policy anymore? Lies just make everything so much worse. LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS AND THEIR POOR DECISIOSN, HADLEY AND SAM. Sheesh.
I was invested in this story because it was wildly different than anything I had read before. I mean, similar concepts, but twisted in a different way that intrigued me while also making me feel really weird, but still intrigued. I kept reading because I needed to see how the author was going to tie the loose ends. Good thing I wasn’t holding my breath for an “AHA! So THAT is how this all works out! Brilliant!” ending, because I did not get it. Overall feelings on this book are just, meh.
Were you as uncomfortable reading this book as I was? What did you think about the ending?