Love Me, Love Me Not
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother.
When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.
As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.
Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.
Love Me, Love Me Not
The only information about this book I know of before I start reading was it’s Title, Author’s name, and it’s genre. Yep. That’s it. I have to say, it might actually be one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading this book. Hahaha.
When I read the title I immediately thought about that ~Thing we do when we were young where we pick up a flower and every petal we remove we say,” s/he loves me. s/he loves me not.” (Please tell me you know about that. Hahaha) and I must say, I was a little bit disappointed when I didn’t see that scene anywhere in the book. 😂
Love Me, Love Me Not has this aspect where I haven’t read anywhere else before: having a foster kid as the main character. It was nice reading about how foster children struggle on finding where they stay and/or how to fit in.
I really liked how the Campbells treated Hailey like she’s part of their family. How welcoming they were when Hailey first arrived at their house. How kindhearted they are. How Gil and Gigi treated Hailey like their own child. Hay, can we have more people like the Campbells in the real world? Because we really need them.
It was nice having to read about a football player and is a popular kid at school actually having the biggest heart and not a bad boy/ a player. Because c’mon, those are mostly not true. I really liked Brad’s character: he’s just so sweet and caring!
The friendship Hailey have with Brittany is very tight. You can definitely tell from reading their story that it’s the kind of friendship that can last forever.
Hailey, she’s one strong woman. When she decided to break up with Chase so she can finally be free is the best decision she made. She was hesitant at first because ~ change. Some of us, even though we know how intoxicated we feel around people, we still can’t let those people go because we grew up with them. We fear that upon letting them go, we might not find anywhere else to be. But that is wrong… so very wrong and Hailey proved that. When she let go of Chase, there’re a lot more people — good people — who replaced Chase and are always there whenever she needs them.
There are times when I get annoyed with Hailey because c’mon, why didn’t she tell anyone about the conversation she had with her Mom? I get where she’s coming from but still!
aaaaandd that’s all. I totally recommend reading Love Me, Love Me Not. It’s a quick and fun read. Perfect when you’re in a slump or if you’re looking for something to read by the beach!
MY RATING: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
SM KOZ is a medical writer from North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and numerous pets. She has a BS in Biology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, photographing nature and her family, gardening, travelling, and attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to decorate birthday cakes. Love Me, Love Me Not is her first traditionally published novel.