Lydia: "You must be sure you have a shot. But you don't. Romance is for other people."
Jeremy: "Do you actually think I believe that?"
Chris Howard is content with being "Best Friends Forever" with Lydia Jamison, but Lydia secretly wants to go out with him. Meanwhile, Chris' older cousin Jeremy and Amanda have a tumultuous love-hate relationship. After a recent fight with Amanda, Jeremy starts pursuing Lydia and refuses to leave her alone.
Lydia is at first disgusted, because Jeremy has been a pest to both her and Chris in the past. Chris doesn't believe that Jeremy has a chance with Lydia, and does nothing about it. But as Jeremy refuses to give up his pursuit....
Romance is for Other People is a unique novel told from first person from the point of view of two main characters: Chris and Lydia and their experiences with first love and first heartbreak.
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Thank you to the author, Lee Wolf, for gifting me with a copy of Romance Is For Other People in exchange for an honest review! Visit my blog for a full interview with the author! (www.blueeyebooks.blogspot.com) 1. The plot. One thing that's essential to recognize about this book is that it's solely a coming-of-age romance and nothing more. Once you get that through your head, all of the angst that just saturates the plot is sometimes the sole thing pushing the book forward makes sense. The author made sure that there was always something that was moving forward so it never was boring. 2. The characters. Reiterating what I said above, you really have to acknowledge the angst. At first, I was disgusted with it because I kept thinking 'why don't they just talk to each other and act more mature??' However, that's my more mature self talking. Casting my mind back to my middle school and early high school days, it's entirely accurate. It's kind of funny actually, how Lydia and Chris take the round about way to acknowledge their feelings for each other but it also really endeared me to them. One thing I just couldn't shake however, was the feeling that Lydia was playing the complacent female. Just the fact that she considered Jeremy solely because he called her beautiful. They didn't even have any actual conversations besides him constantly calling her beautiful. Another thing that really bothered me is the concept of love that's thrown around, especially by the older characters (juniors and seniors in high school). Speaking from experience, if you don't know how significant love is at the beginning of high school, you definitely do by the end. 3. The ending. I simultaneously loved and didn't love the ending. While the love thing was all fixed and I it was cutesy and adorable and wrapped up nicely, it was also be presumptuous and unrealistic in my opinion. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say anything further but the ending in general was a meh for me. 4. The writing. The writing in general is very nice. It's very to the point with just the right amount of description and emotion. However, there are more than a few typos throughout the book. They aren't simple spelling mistakes but rather replacing his with her or her with my (possessive articles). This made several passages confusing and I had to read them several times to understand exactly what was happening. The Final Verdict: While a very cute and realistic coming of age romance, it could use some editing and tweaking. 3 stars
Chris and Lydia are just friends, but Lydia has been in love with Chris for years. When he finally agrees to take her to a high school dance, Lydia figures that this could be her shot of showing him how she really feels. But her BFF role was clinched with Chris' impromptu remark: "Romance is for other people." Ouch! Written in he said/she said fashion, story seems to reflect the rocky bumps of high school relationships. Rather than being a conventional ride of ups and downs, however, story actually coasted bleakly across a dry, underdeveloped plot. All I kept on hearing was each of them whining about the "status" and the "meaning." This is SO high school. Things shake up a bit when the awkward twosome turns into a complicated foursome. It seems some other guy might be trying to get back at his ex-girlfriend by flirting with Lydia and Chris doesn't like it, but then the ex-girlfriend might have an ulterior motive too. It was just a mess. And then going back and forth between the Chris and Lydia POV didn't help much, and then, to top it off, we go back in time. Not only did the story lack clarity and consistency, but it also had some typos. Now, normally I can bypass typos if the story is captivating enough, but, in this book, there were a few that didn't make sense. For example, "and before I even thought about it, I put my arm around my shoulder. I could feel him stiffen...I finally took my arm off his shoulder and gave a disappointed look." I think this was supposed to be "I put my around his shoulder." I mean, how can you put your arm around your own shoulder? I thought this story would be a fitting read of candy crushes and puppy love and, to a point, it is; but it just didn't suit me.