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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
What a gem of a book! I had heard mixed reviews on this, but had also seen it recommended to those who enjoyed "Some Girls Do" by Clodagh Murphy, so I gave it a shot. (I
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME is my favourite Sarra Manning book so far out of all her YA and adult books. Even if Sarra's books don't sound like a perfect match for you, she makes them fit. I learned to give every book of hers a chance because in the end I could hardly say I disliked one word of her writing. Neve is like this very real girl who could live in the flat above you or the nice girl who helps you pick up the stuff you accidentally dropped in the grocery store. She was so relatable it was no surprise I felt a strong kinship for her. She was unlike any other fictional chick lit girl I had met so far and I wanted her to be real so badly and be friends with her. Perhaps reading her story felt so emotional and real because she is dealing with a major issue so many women deal with today, losing weight and honestly evaluating your body image. Max was the perfect male counterpart for Neve! Everyone keeps describing him a man slut. But we are granted the pleasure to know him a totally different way from the moment we meet him. He might be a tease, but he's honest and gentle and cuddly, and such a sexy sexpert. Neve wants to have Max in her life because he is so much more experienced than she is and she hopes he can kind of train her for her one true love, William. I can't imagine anyone being Team William after meeting Max first. William sends letters Neve's way, but any scene with Neve thinking about him or talking to him kind of lost me for the time it lasted. No wonder, because they didn't have Max in them, too. You can see he's my absolute favourite out of all the chick lit book boys. The sex scenes that were a major part of Neve and Max's relationship long before feelings came into play, were some of the best I've read so far. I love how Sarra Manning took Neve on this adventurous experience of first real love and showed her how being loved, physically and emotionally could feel like, if you just found the right person. Every time Max and Neve got together my heart kept growing. Grab a copy of YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME and see for yourself how amazing their chemistry and love story is. 5/5 ***** YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME – Yes, I do. Very much! YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME was my highlight in the end of 2013. Who would've thought I'd rush through this 555 page book in no time and fall in love with the characters so much that I still think about them when I finished the story months ago. When I muse what Neve and Max would be up to right now a cheeky smirk of the Max kind steals over my face.
This is a heavyweight of a book, coming in at 555 pages. But it's worth it. It doesn't drag or bore you and your hooked after the first couple of pages. Neve Slater is 25 years old and has never been in a relationship. She's an archivist and intellectual and has always had weight problems. Her goal is to become a (British) size 10 before William, the love of her life, returns from a 3 year trip to LA. Neve was morbidly obese and has managed to get herself down to a size 16. Realizing she's going to need some practice if she's going to snag William, Neve decides to have a fake relationship until he comes back and finds that wild boy Max is up to the challenge. They get to know each other and when William comes back, Neve is torn between Max and William, for whom she has done so much. Let me tell you, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likable and real. What woman doesn't have body image/weight problems? I loved how Sarra Manning has written this book. I didn't really like Unsticky, her debut adult book, but this one more than enough made up for it. I am hoping her third venture into books geared towards adults will be just as entertaining. I can hardly wait for its release later this year!