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The following is from Goodreads:
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
I picked this book up on a whim at the end of February after watching A Dash of Ash’s reading vlog on YouTube where she read this and absolutely adored it. I had been seeing it around for a while before that, and I had been seeing it get a lot of hype. Honestly I don’t know what took me so long to pick it up because I absolutely adored this book.
I feel like I say this with all the reviews that I’ve been doing lately, but this book took me quite a bit of time to get through. But not in a bad way, like I wasn’t enjoying the story or that it was a struggle to get through. Because it’s the complete opposite of that. I loved this book, and I didn’t want it to end, so I took my time with it.
It was the first book I read by Talia Hibbert, and I will probably pick up more by her. Her writing was so easy to read and fall into. She was able to create such lovable and relatable characters that I wanted to keep reading. But at the same time, I didn’t want to leave these characters. I wanted the world for them both and wanted them to be together in the worst way.
I think my favorite part of this book was the banter between Red and Chloe. Especially because they started out hating each other in the beginning of the story. It was one of those enemy to lovers type books, but it was also a slow burn romance. So naturally there was going to be a lot of banter. And I ate that up.
My favorite scene between the two had to have been when Chloe tries rescuing a cat in a tree outside her apartment complex. And Red finds her in the middle of the tree, struggling to get down. Then he has to go up and rescue her while simultaneously rescuing the cat. I’m not sure if I’m doing it justice by the way I’m explaining it, but it was funny not only reading the banter between the two characters, but also reading their internal monologues.
Because that’s another thing that Talia Hibbert did well: dual perspectives. It alternated between Chloe’s perspective and Red’s perspective so I was able to understand what both were thinking and feeling, which gave a more dynamic reading experience.
Another aspect of the story that was done well (at least to the best of my knowledge) was the chronic illness representation. Now, I’m not someone who has fibromyalgia, so I can’t say for sure that what Chloe dealt with was accurate, but from what I know of the illness just from Googling and what other people are saying about it on Goodreads, what Chloe deals with seems to be accurate. And that made me so emotional when I was reading because of the way that Chloe was treated by her “friends” and her ex. And the fact that she was struggling with abandonment issues.
And it made me even more emotional in the way that Red treated her. Like the badass she was. Like she wasn’t her illness. Which made the relationship so great. I think it was summed up pretty well in the line:
I need you. I’m desperate for you. I’m something without you and I’ll survive without you, but I don’t fucking want to.
I think that’s the epitomy of a healthy relationship. Which made me root for them when they were struggling. And it wasn’t just Chloe who was struggling, but Red too. He had trust issues from being in a toxic, abusive relationship prior to being with Chloe, which he struggled with a lot during the story.
So overall, I guess you could say that I really enjoyed this book. Even if it did take me three weeks to get through. That doesn’t matter because the story was so good. And I’m sorry if this all seems like a jumbled mess, but that’s honestly the state of my mind after finishing this book.
There you have it. Those are my thoughts on Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I definitely plan on reading more by this author in the near future because I really enjoyed this one.
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