Sam Bennett falls for Hadley St. Clair before he knows her last name. When Sam finds out she is that St. Clair, daughter of the man who destroyed Sam’s family, he has a choice: follow his heart or tell the truth about the scandal that links their families. Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.
Hadley's family is trying to repair itself after the discovery that her father was having an affair. Sam's family is in a similar situation his mother was the one involved with Hadley's father. After the two teenagers meet at school, they begin to fall for each other, but Hadley is unaware of the connection between their families; Sam regrets keeping this secret from her but worries it could ruin their fragile new romance. Shifting between Sam and Hadley's points of view with anger and disillusionment viscerally apparent in each of their voices debut author Blake puts the teens in a near-impossible situation, adeptly showing how Sam and Hadley can be more adult in handling the complications of romance than all four of their parents. The two scenarios Blake sets up (Hadley's family tries to stay together, while Sam's starts over) both emphasize the painful ways that infidelity takes a toll on entire families. Readers will be left thinking about the ways love can both hurt and heal. Ages 14 up.
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Beautiful story about love and forgiveness
Actual Rating 4.5 Stars
Suffer love is a beautifully written story about love, the consequences of the decisions others/we make, and ultimately forgiveness. It explores not only the relationship between parents and children, but also those between siblings, friends, and lovers.
I loved being able to be in both Sam and Hadley's heads. The way they both struggle and deal with the new reality of their lives was emotional and I was especially drawn to Sam's voice and the battle between his head and his heart. There were definite times when his pain and heartache were palpable. I loved how the author added humor to the main character's inner dialogues that helped lighten the sometimes heavy themes. There were things I could have done without/wished didn't happen (ahem, Nicole; Kat's disapproval with Hadley's choices was a little much at times), but overall I found the book really enjoyable and was captivated until the end.
Speaking of the ending, I did feel that it was a bit abrupt and I would have loved a little more closure/an epilogue, but I think it still works because you're left with what I think the characters are left with - hope that things will be better.
Oh. My. Wow! SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake is completely addictive and full of feeling. This is a stay-up-late and ignore the world kind of read. Unputdownable!
These characters really came to life. Every single person was realistic and richly layered–even down to the minor douche bag jock character. The stakes were extremely high for Hadley and Sam–their emotions poured out of the pages. I felt like I was living and breathing this story. Keep a box of Kleenex handy.
The writing is smart and succinct. Not a single word felt wasted. This debut is NOT to be missed! I LOVED this book!!!