Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Ugly Love: A Novel
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.
Ugly Love was an interesting and intense read for me. Probably because the entire book I was just waiting and trying to prepare myself for the horrible things that had happened to have Miles be the way he is. That and I kept reading reviews about how people cried and how amazing this book was so I was waiting for something big to happen.
So what did I think of the book? Well I was a little disappointed in it. I loved the Tate chapters, but hated the Miles chapters so it was up and down for me. I will start with the good, Tate. Tate is a doormat in this book. She lets Miles use her and do whatever he wants, lets him make all the rules, even when it makes her feel terrible afterwards. Even when he makes her feel horrible and she thinks that is it, she still lets him back in no problems. She can't stay away from him. She realizes this is a problem. She realizes she turned into one of those stupid girls, but she just can't seem to help it. The way her chapters were written was lovely. I loved the imagery and everything. How she was water and just the wake behind him when he walked. How she just gets carried away and can't help herself. It was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. You want to just get Tate to stand up for herself and not let Miles use her like that. You want to scoop her up and save her from letting him make her feel bad. But you can't. And I got it. From the way she described everything I got it. I loved it and hated it at the same time. Loved how it was written, but hated how he treated her.
Now the not so good, the Miles chapters. I did not like them at all. When Miles sees Rachel for the first time and says how she is like poetry and the formatting changed I thought oh no! What happened? Did I get a bad copy of the book? Then I realized it is supposed to be that way, supposed to be like a poem. But it wasn't really. It was just really annoying to read. Every time I got to a Miles chapter I cringed. It took me out of the story and I kept thinking why is this formatted this way? I do not like. That and what was written itself. It did not sound like a teenage boy. It was just...I found it a little creepy honestly. I felt like Miles was a bit too in love with Rachel right away. I didn't really see it as real, true, good love. I saw it as he was obsessed, and not in a good way, with her. She seemed to like him too, but I never got that she was as obsessed with him as he was with her.
So I kept waiting for the Miles chapter where we would learn the horrible, terrible thing that happened that makes Miles cut himself off from most everyone. What makes him never be able to love again? Well when I found out I must say I was disappointed. Sure it is terrible, but if he wasn't so creepily obsessed with Rachel it might have been okay. Maybe if I connected more with their relationship I would have felt worse for him. If it would have been written differently I would have enjoyed it more. If it would have been with Tate I probably would have cried. I loved Tate and wanted nothing but good things for her, even if she was a doormat. Tate was beautiful with her words, Tate made me feel, but Miles turned me off. So the big terrible thing that happened ended up being just oh, okay, that is why you are all messed up? Yeah it is bad, but come on. It could have been much worse and I expected much worse.
So overall I enjoyed half of the book and didn't like half of the book. That makes it hard to review, and it makes me sad that I didn't love this story like Colleen Hoovers other books. Oh well. I will still be eagerly looking forward to her next book.
Rating: ★ ★ ★