Mina’s life is going according to plan; she’s acing AP Calc and is perfectly content with her nonexistent social life. Though only a high school junior, Mina knows time is an investment, and she’s putting all her capital into academics. Oliver, a child abuse survivor who grew up in the foster care system, is ready to burn down his old life and start from scratch—complete with a new name and emancipation papers—in L.A. When the two are thrown together through circumstance and develop an unexpected connection, they discover how hard it is to keep the past in the past.
Content warning: sexual assault, recollections of child abuse, discussions of suicidal thoughts, and mention of miscarriage.
Listen to it! Read it! Obsessed with LAOS
Wow, Love and Other Sins took me on a rollercoaster of emotions and I loved every minute of it! I could not stop listening! The narrations were spot on and grabbed my attention right from the start. The complexity of the characters and seeing how their lives collide together undeniably creates the butterflies in your stomach moment. I love how real Oliver and Mina are and it was so cool to be able to hear it from both of their perspectives. This book does not shy away from honesty and the complicated feelings of high school, rebellion and being swept away by love. I especially enjoyed the close bond that Mina shares with her Mom. Love and Other Sins is really unlike any other book I’ve read and listen to and I found it to be so unpredictable in the best way. Definitely will be recommending this one.
I couldn’t stop listening! For lovers of YA contemporary romance
I couldn’t stop listening. I had to know what happened next. When Mina meets Oliver, she loses her mind a bit but that’s exactly what happens sometimes. Mina isn’t a perfect main character at all but that’s what makes her real. And Oliver’s story is absolutely heartbreaking. You’re routing for him from the beginning. That’s partly because he is charming and smart but mostly because you have a clue as to what he has overcome in his life from the start. The author doesn’t use Oliver’s background as some sick secret that she divulges slowly, she warns us right away that his past will not be easy to swallow. But only in the end is the full horror of it fully divulged and fleshed out. Love and Other Sins is not for everyone. But it has this special way of making you feel exactly the way you did when something special was happening in your life: that fluttering in your stomach sensation. It’s an own voice novel about youth and immigration. From what I saw on tiktok, Emilia Ares wrote this right after high school. It’s a fresh and unique perspective full of interesting dialogue, complex dynamics between mother and daughter, and the romance has you pining.
Both of the narrators, Mina’s POV and Oliver’s POV did a very great job narrating this book. Especially wonderful when it came to emotion and accents. Karissa Vacker & Will Collyer did a superb job.