Love Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Love Her Madly

Summary: If you loved Luckiest Girl Alive and The Girl on the Train, you’ll devour this stunning debut novel about an intense best friendship between two college girls which leads to the abrupt disappearance—and presumed death—of one and the survival of the other, who reveals the twists and turns of their relationship seven years later.

Glo never thought she’d become best friends with a girl like Cyn. Blonde, blue-eyed, and stunningly gorgeous, Cyn is the kind of girl other girls love to hate. Yet Cyn is the only person who embraces Glo when she transfers to their tiny liberal arts college in Florida, looking for a second chance to get things right after falling apart at her first-choice school. With her dark sense of humor and bad-girl ways, Cyn is captivating to a nice girl like Glo, and soon they’re inseparable.

Until they both fall for the same guy.

It’s Cyn who suggests they share Raj. Half the time he’ll be Cyn’s boyfriend, the other half he’ll be Glo’s. And for a while, everything goes smoothly. Until Glo realizes that she doesn’t know Cyn or Raj half as well as she thinks. Until Glo and Cyn’s friendship implodes while they’re studying abroad in Costa Rica. Until Cyn disappears one night, setting off a media firestorm and leaving Glo in the dark for seven long years.

Until Cyn resurfaces.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

When the author contacted me about possibly reviewing this book, I was intrigued. It sounded like a “me” book and I was eager to find time to read it.

And ultimately, I did like the book. But it caused me a lot of frown lines and made me want to pull out my best Nancy Regan impression of “Just say no”.

What I liked:

The cover. COME ON- a gorgeous background with just 1 shoe? It hints at all sorta delicious twists.

How the second part was structured- I enjoyed hearing from a voice besides Gloria, but would have loved an additional voice.

Intense friendship storylines intrigue me!

 

What I didn’t like:

Ok, I’m showing my Pollyanna ways, but the casual way that drugs were mentioned and used. Listen I get for some people drugs are a part of the college experience and I’m sure that the fictional use was well-researched. But it’s always jarring to me to see people so freely admitting to “dropping E” as if they were saying “My favorite color is blue.” I’ll just be over her in my bubble now.

This is a bit of a spoiler: YOU DON’T GO OFF TO SOME OTHER COUNTRY AND TAKE PART IN MIND-ALTERING DRUGS. You just don’t. Bad things happen when you do. Why can’t girls just be interested in having like 1 freaking pina colada on the beach and working on their tan lines?

 

Bottom line: This story does have tons of appeal, but also lots of drama and characters that can exhaust you. But if intense friendships ,unreliable narrators, and romantic triangles are your cup of tea- then Love Her Madly will be like literary cat-nip to you!

 

*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

 

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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