Things I Know About Love [NOOK Book]

Overview

Livia Stowe has never been lucky in love. While her friends were going to parties and dances and on dates, Livia was being shuffled in and out of hospitals, making her dating life difficult.

But this summer is going to be different. Cancer-free for over a year, Livia’s boarding a plane to visit her brother as he studies abroad at Princeton University. She’s determined to ...
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Things I Know About Love

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Overview

Livia Stowe has never been lucky in love. While her friends were going to parties and dances and on dates, Livia was being shuffled in and out of hospitals, making her dating life difficult.

But this summer is going to be different. Cancer-free for over a year, Livia’s boarding a plane to visit her brother as he studies abroad at Princeton University. She’s determined to make the most of her trip, recording every moment of it in her private blog. Maybe she’ll even have a fling with a cute college boy!

America is bright, exciting, and filled with romantic possibilities. And then Livia meets Adam, and her plans for summer fun become so much more. Entranced by the magical New York City that he shows her, Livia is smitten, but is she really ready to risk her heart again?

Things I Know About Love is funny, unforgettable, and a bit heartbreaking—just like first love can be.
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Editorial Reviews

ALAN Review - Kelly Gotkin
Livia Stowe is a 17-year-old Brit off to America for a summer holiday. She keeps a blog about the experience, but it has a set purpose: Livia is on a mission to figure out love. This trip, and her goal, is complicated by her struggles with leukemia. Finally in remission, Livia looks forward to a chance at a normal life and sees her trip as a new beginning. Her hope continues to grow once she meets Adam, a fellow Brit also visiting America. Their romance, and its heartbreaking conclusion, make Livia's story impossible to put down. Le Vann captures the voice of a teenager looking for love in this short and fast-paced novel. The story doesn't dwell on Livia's cancer, so it's suited for readers looking for a lighter read. It's a novel that will make readers smile, laugh, and cry along with the characters from start to finish. Reviewer: Kelly Gotkin
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—British teen Livia is winging her way to New Jersey to visit her brother, a student at Princeton, when she begins her private blog. She has decided that this will be a summer of discovery, and her blog will reflect "the love I have known, and the love I have yet to know." The truth is, though, that Livia doesn't know much about love between men and women because she has spent most of her teen years in treatment for leukemia. Now that she's in remission, she determines that this is her perfect chance for adventure. Despite her naïveté and insecurity about her looks, she is ready to step out, and she discovers that America is chock-full of handsome guys who look at her with great interest. Ironically, it's Adam, also from England, whom Livia wants. Adam, who thinks she is the most beautiful creature on Earth, who starts his own blog about their romance, and who is with Livia day after day, and with her when she collapses in New York City after a busy day of sightseeing. And it is Adam who writes the final blog about what happens to Livia, the great love of his life. This romantic account of first love will be treasured by teen girls, but will require that large boxes of tissues be on hand.—Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Livia, 17, is determined to find romance. She's fought leukemia most of her teen years and hasn't had much time for boys. Now she's flown from her native England to visit her older brother, an American Studies major at Princeton University, who is staying in the States over the summer. The expats of Princeton seem to adore her, particularly her brother's friend Adam. In her private blog, Livia chronicles her history of failed relationships and the thrill of finding what she believes to be true love with Adam. Near the end of the trip she falls ill, and upon returning to England she learns that her leukemia is back. The premises of the book, both the blogging and the romance, get off to a shaky start. Livia is a friendly, observant person, though, which makes the idea of every attractive young man in Princeton falling in love with her more palatable than one might think. And Nicholas Sparks fans will rejoice at Livia and Adam's doomed relationship. Good for a quick cry. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606842935
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 147
  • Sales rank: 1,076,152
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • File size: 295 KB

Meet the Author

Kate le Vann was born in Yorkshire, England, but has lived many places, including Princeton, New Jersey. She’s written for magazines and newspapers, including CosmoGIRL!, Vogue, Company, and The Big Issue. She visits New York City as often as she can, but she’s also been there twice chasing after boys. The first boy was not that into her. The second showed up to the airport an hour late because he was buying plastic spoons at Ikea and lost track of the time. She married that one. She lives in England with her husband and two daughters. 
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  • Posted September 17, 2010

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    Things I Know About Love by Kate le Vann Review

    If you're looking for a quick and light and fun read I think you'll find this book to be a good fit. Normally opinions on books are vast and varied but the more I heard about this particular story the more I saw this book didn't fit into that mold. Everyone I've talked to or read reviews from seems to agree that this is a "cute" and very "quick" book to get through. With it's 167 pages I think it may be one of the shorter books I've read.

    Livia has led a hard and somewhat sheltered life. She is currently in remission when we are introduced to her and she takes the journey from the UK to the U.S. to visit her brother at college. The book consists mainly of blog posts (which I loved) and it makes it more personable in my opinion. Readers really get the feeling that they're hearing Livia's voice throughout her postings, it doesn't feel so much like a narration. Her character was sweet and likable and I found myself pulling for her to come out on top.

    Adam and Jeff (her brother) are two more characters I enjoyed in this story. Livia and Jeff have a great brother/sister relationship and its touching to read. I was envious. Adam's posts were an additional way to get to know him and I enjoyed the opportunity.

    This is a very short book as I said so the ending kind of rushed up on me but at the same time was not quite shocking. Le Vann gives you laughs as well as tears and for me I thought it was a nice change to read a quick and touching story like this one. If you're not looking for a Tolstoy sized read this might be exactly what you're looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Urgent!Click here!

    BEST BOOK EVER!This is a love and heartbreaking story,but the word sexy is tossed around alot.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Are you looking to read an emotional book about love? If yes, th

    Are you looking to read an emotional book about love? If yes, then get ready to read a heartwrenching story.
    I found this book to be really emotional. It was such a tear jeaker that I cried while reading it.The ending was absolutely sad but it still was worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Read it!!!

    Amazing! Such a heart felt book i couldnt stopped reading. I read it in about 3 hours!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    My new favorite book

    I had picked this book out at my schools library and read it for a class project. So glad that i had done so. Hope to find more fantastice books like this one that have such meaningful ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    awesome

    it was awesome but i broke down and cried in class what the f she didnt deserve to d

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    wow

    This was amazing! So sad but makes you realize you need to live life in the moment.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Ok

    It was super short so there wasnt much plot. There wasnt much of anything. Not a lot of adam :( the way the chapters were written was really cool. I loved nicholas sparks so i liked it but i thought the book was way too short to be a love story

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    everything to do with Love

    I was looking for a short, fun read to have inbetween all the serious books I have been reading. Cute comedy about love? Check. 160 pages? Check. Boy, was I wrong, there is so much more depth then just a teen love story in this one. It amazes me on how you think a story is, or how it's going to go by just looking at the blurb about it and the book cover. Just opens my eyes to the whole don't judge a book by it's cover theory.

    Livia Stowe has gone through so much in her life. Recently, just getting the clean bill of health with her cancer, she feels brand new. Not to the point where she can challange the world, but just enough to go overseas to the US and visit her brother in college. After some whining and pleading to her mother, she get's her chance. USA here she comes! Time to hang out with her brother, travel down the road to New York, and realize what she can about love.

    USA definitely didn't fit her picture of what to expect. It was magical, bright, and had so much for Livia to experience. Especially when her brother's friend Adam starts to show interest in her. He is the older, attractive man, who knows Livia from her hometown and waits to spend time with her, no matter what the cost. After some awkward meetings together, they finally get alone and experience their own type of love with each other.

    Fantasies only last for so long though. Livia starts to develop a sore throat, which a normal person who just seem to be a cold, but for a cancer survivor, it could be life or death. She doesn't want her dream to end, Adam is the one for her, she can go home to England and see him. Livia loves him, but all good things must come to an end. Things I know about Love helps you remind yourself of your first love, your last love, and the love you never forgot.

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