Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann
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What a stupid expression that is in the first place: To fall in love.
Like you fall into a ditch or something.
Maybe people need to look where they’re going.
As far as Phoebe Davies is concerned, love is to be avoided at all costs. Why would you spend your life worrying about something that turns you into a complete moron? If her best friend Polly is anything to go by, the first sniff of a relationship makes you forget about your friends (like, hello?), get completely obsessed with sex (yawn) and bang on constantly about a person who definitely isn’t as great as you think they are.
So Phoebe isn’t going to fall in love, ever.
But then she meets Emma . . .
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Love is for Losers is the hilarious story of Phoebe Davis, a teen girl with zero plans to fall in love. Phoebe has watched her best friend fall in love and completely lose all of her brain cells in the process so Phoebe won’t be doing that, at all. She’s going to join NASA and fly to Mars and be totally independent and never fall in love because love is for losers. This book was such a refreshing look on teen life, Phoebe isn’t at all perfect, she’s struggling with exams, falling out with her best friend and failing at finding a job but she’s also enjoying herself, making new friends and starting new ventures at the charity shop.
I adored Phoebe, her story is told in the format of what I can only describe as short diary entries. Each entry was short, two or three pages at most, it could be a paragraph of how her day has panned out, a short panicky sentence or bullet points of pros and cons. The author perfectly executes the chaotic mind of a teenager, she’s witty, sarcastic and always self-deprecating, she’s your very typical teen who lives in skinny jeans and stalks people on Instagram. I found Phoebe so relatable and I absolutely loved her journey of discovery as she figured out who she was crushing on and how that played out.
Love is for Losers includes a variety of drama from cats birthing kittens to friendship break ups, not including Phoebe’s guardian’s hook ups and the charity shop thievery! From exam stress to grieving the loss of a family member, Love is for Losers also touches on some very important and sobering real life occurrences, whilst exploring the hilarious outtakes of teenage years. I loved this life-affirming and laugh out loud book and would definitely recommend it.
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