The Romantics

The Romantics

by Leah Konen


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Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419727504
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 755,436
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Leah Konen grew up in a small farming town in Washington before moving to North Carolina. After studying journalism at UNC, she headed to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she enjoys biking around Brooklyn and binge-watching TV.

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The Romantics 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TheMissCharley More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Gale Brennan's story before it even began. The editor left a foreword of sorts telling of how the story impacted her life in a particular moment. Or rather, how the narrator impacted her life. You see, Leah Konen doesn't tell just another love story where the two nerdy people end up together. No, Leah Konen tells a romantic comedy love story from the perspective of Love herself where nobody ends up with who they should. The idea of the story being a sort of romantic comedy style story is an inside joke of itself. One of the main side characters (I guess you could call her a secondary character, but she really felt like a primary character.) Sammy Sutton, freshman at UNC, loves romantic comedy movies, but Gael Brennan loves Alfred Hitchcock. Throughout the story Sammy shows Gael different things he never experienced before, including romantic comedies. See how it's a bit of an inside joke? You'll just have to read the story to get it, I guess. Anyways, The Romantics tells its story from a very different perspective. Leah Konen takes an idea and personifies it brilliantly into a loveable narrator. I think you could compare it to the narrator in The Book Thief being Death. (Am I correct in that? I ashamedly still need to read it.) The story easily could have been told from a number of perspectives, including Gael, but Love gives a sort of third person omniscient viewpoint, while also being in first person. Love knows everything going on, but she also gives it from a personal viewpoint. You, get it? The format, however, is where I truly fell in love. Each chapter heading has a different "symbol" or image. Then, there are some drawings or sections of handwriting like a pros/cons list (You'll have to read it so what about!), a texting conversation, and did I mention the cool drawings? I don't normally mention formatting, but in some cases (like this book!) I love it. Footnotes even make an appearance in this book to describe the types of lovers who exist. I found it really interesting how Love broke down a complex idea into simple patterns of how people love each other. (It reminded me of an essay I had to write freshman year... but that's a different story.) Overall, I loved each character in the book. Due to the occasional different point of view chapters and flashback chapters in the book, I felt I connected with each character, whether they were secondary or primary, on a more personal level than most standalone books. Gael Brennan is the protagonist of the story, but it could be argued that many others are a close second. Mason, Anika, Sammy, Cara, etc. They all had separate chapters (If I remember correctly!) where they had their stories told. This book, The Romantics, is a phenomenal read for year-round, all audiences, everything. I highly recommend it, and I rated it five stars on Goodreads!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating 4.5 Stars THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE. And by ADORABLE I mean that it had me laughing at the funny moments (there was a scavenger hunt in a zoo), cringing at the awkward parts as we all tend to do in a romantic comedy and going “aww” (a word I almost NEVER use) when everything was cute and fluffy. The one liner on the cover sold me on reading this book – ‘A rom-com about love. Told by Love’ – and I loved every second of it. Let’s break it down: WRITING: One of my favourite parts about this book was that it was ACTUALLY told from Love’s perspective, but we got to saw Gael’s thoughts with commentary from Love on what he was thinking. It was ADORABLE, with all these sidenotes about the different types of people who fall in love including Dreamers, Loyalists, Serial Monogamists, Romantics and Cynics, and it was such fun to read that I honestly didn’t want the book to end. PLOT: Just like your typical romantic comedy, this book is about a Grade A Romantic who gets cheated on his girlfriend and his best friend and is then on the search to find The One, and all this mishaps that happen along the way. The fact that Love was narrating this book made this SO MUCH MORE FUN because you constantly got to see the small things that Love did to set Gael on the right path including small signs, rain (because when do rom-coms NOT have a scene in the pouring rain) and even THE AIRPORT SCENE. CHARACTERS: One of my other favourite parts about this book was HOW MUCH it concentrated on family. As Gael’s got cheated on and dumped, his parents were also separating. There was a lot of anger and lashing out, but I LOVED THAT parental control and influence were such a big part of the story. More than ANYTHING, I loved Gael’s baby sister, Piper with her Scavenger hunt skills, French phrases and the optimism only an eight year old can have. I also loved Mason, Gael’s best friend despite what he did. He is one of the ONLY fictional best friends I’ve found it in me to forgive for cheating because this guy was ADORABLE in his own right and strangely loyal. I loved Sammy Sutton, Cara and all the other characters in this book too but MOST OF ALL, I LOVED LOVE. The narration and mishaps were what brought this book to life and made it one I will definitely remember. CONCLUSION: One of the most hilarious and adorable love stories I’ve read in a while – told by Love itself! If you’re looking for a read that will have you laughing and rooting for everyone involved, PICK UP The Romantics. 4.5 stars.
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KateUnger More than 1 year ago
Underneath a unique writing style, The Romantics is really just a fairly predictable slow-burn contemporary romance. The story is narrated by Love, in rather the same way that The Book Thief is narrated by Death. The main character is Gael who’s been rather unlucky in love. In the opening scene he catches his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend. From there Love discusses his mistakes, ranging from Gael’s parents’ divorce to an accidental rebound girl for Gael, and his plan to unite Gael with his true love. I enjoyed the definitions of the different types of people: romantics, serial monogamist, etc. and the relationship advice scattered throughout Love’s tale. The characters in this story were all fine, and the plot was cute. It just wasn’t anything spectacular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amzing it make me want to read it again
BringMyBooks More than 1 year ago
The beauty of this book is that you get exactly what the synopsis tells you you'll get - a rom-com about love, by love. Love is a great narrator, and I loved the tone his(?) narrative voice lent to the story, as well as the philosophical tidbits that were offered along the way. One sort-of negative thing, though - I definitely enjoyed the book, and the subject and situations lent itself to the age group it was supposed to, but I often found myself thinking the tone of the book felt occasionally more juvenile than it should have (considering Gael was supposed to be a high school senior). Overall I definitely think this is a book worth reading, especially if you're in a slump and need something to bring a smile to your face, something that you can get through in a few days.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Romantics by Leah Konen Publisher: Abrams Publication Date: November 1, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care. What I Liked: I was sent an unsolicited galley of The Romantics from the publisher (and this in no way affected my review). I say this because it was sent unsolicited, and I rarely read unsolicited galleys. But I decided to give this book a chance. YA contemporary is not something I usually seek out and/or enjoy, but I was delighted to find that I liked this book. This book is told from Love's narration. It's the story of Gael, after his heart is broken. He tells his girlfriend he loves her... but then finds out that she has been cheating on him with his best friend. The poor guy can't seem to catch a break! Now he has no girlfriend and no best friend. This is the "aftermath", how Gael navigates the maze that is Love. I thought I might not enjoy this book, because I had a feeling that the romance wouldn't be for me. But I was surprised. Technically there is no love triangle or anything like that, though there are multiple love interests. Gael's girlfriend - ex-girlfriend within the first few chapters - could be considered one, though he never tries to get her back. A new girl that Gael meets is the second, and a girl that Gael has known for years is the third. The new girl, Cara, is the love interest that catches Gael's interest but he's not sure he actually likes her (she's represents the Rebound). The true love interest is the third girl, and this is quite evident, in the story. One thing I liked about this book is how raw and emotional it is. We all know the phrase "get hit by the feels"? Or in the feels? Well, this book does that, though in a very subtle way. It's written in a humorous way, but it catches you off-guard with the depth of emotion conveyed in the story. For example, some of my favorite scenes with a lot of emotions were when Gael was feeling angry towards Anika and Mason for cheating behind his back. I LOVE how Gael held on to this anger. I love how he threw this in Anika's face, Mason's face, etc. This is good, typical post-breakup behavior from someone whose been cheated on. Good for Konen for fleshing these emotions out, the hurt and anger and betrayal. On that note, I also liked how while Gael definitely had to work to get over Anika, he wasn't trying to get her back or anything. He accepted the fact that she cheated, he was very mad about it, and he wasn't trying to get her back (and didn't forgive her immediately). Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
UndertheBookCover More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE! I was immediately hooked by the tagline "A rom-com about love, told by Love" and it did not disappoint. While I do feel like this is a perfect book to read around Valentine's Day, I am so happy that I was able to read it when I did. Being able to get under a bunch of blankets and read this adorable book during the Fall was so much fun. Between the super cute cover and the tagline, this book is sure to be an instant favorite! The Romantics follows Gael, a Romantic who is experiencing his first big break up with his first real girlfriend on the heels of his parents' divorce. Heartbroken and angry, Gael stops believing that love is real. That is, until "fate" introduces him to Cara as she runs straight into him on her bicycle one night. Gael believes that Cara is his "dream girl" and decides that this Rebound girl is the one for him. But Love has other plans for Gael, ones that don't involve the Rebound girl, but rather the one that has been in front of Gael all along. In order to get Gael back on track, Love has to break some of her own rules and learn what it means to really care about someone. Not only did this book have a super cute plot, but it had Love as the narrator. Yes, you read that right, Love. She is sassy, funny, informative, and dedicated to making things right with Gael. Throughout the book, Love steps in with comments about the current situation, and even to provide some backstory along with helpful definitions of various types of people, such as Romantic and Serial Monogamist. Having Love be the narrator provides so much insight into things that you probably wouldn't get if you had just the main character, Gael, as the narrator. You're able to learn things from Love herself that really provide more depth to the story and allow you to understand the characters on more than just a surface level. This is such a unique way to tackle a story like this and it really made me fall in, well, love with the whole book! Gael is a Romantic, which plays a rather huge part in the plot of The Romantics. After getting his heart broken by his first serious girlfriend, Anika, he loses all faith in love and is incredibly angry. When Love tries to intervene to help set things right for Gael, the dreaded Rebound rears its ugly head in and throws a wrench in the plan. Cara literally runs Gael over with her bike after he has stormed out of an incredibly awkward birthday dinner, and Gael takes the chance meeting as a sign that Cara may be the one that he ends up with. While Love is trying to help set Gael on the right path, Gael is too busy being in love with the idea of being in love and thinks that Cara is the one for him. He's quite stubborn, which was frustrating at times, and he wanted so desperately to be in love that he almost missed the one that he was supposed to be with. There were so many times that I was almost yelling at him for being so oblivious! But the ending was so adorable, and I couldn't help but smile at the irony of how it all went down. For someone who isn't a fan of rom-com movies, Gael pulled off a picture perfect rom-com ending. Read the rest at:
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't on my radar until I received a mailing from Amulet, complete with matching candy. Love love loved that it was narrated by Love. That alone made it unique, but being able to get various backstories and footnotes was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed Gael and his family, especially his little sister, Piper. The family unit is having some problems, but they were supportive and present and I always love to see that. Overall, it was a quirky and cute read with a fabulous ending. **Huge thanks to Amulet for providing the arc free of charge**
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
A fun, romantic YA novel: Please Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way. I am a mood reader. In order to fully enjoy a novel, I really need to be in the right state of mind. I had just finished a very gloomy, emotional book (A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith) and I was looking to read something lighter. Although the tone of this book was whimsical, it had a lot to say about how our culture and experiences shape our views about love. With it's exploration of the impact of divorce on teens, this fun book had more depth than I expected. What I Liked: Narration: It was so clever to make Love an actual character in this book. This device enabled the reader to see into each character's mind and understand why they were behaving as they did. Love was also able to explain the backstory of Gael's parents' courtship and marriage, which makes it all the more tragic when they split up. Characters: I really enjoyed all the teens who were on the cusp of becoming who they were meant to be. There are moments in every young person's life where choices are made that will affect their entire lives: Do I go to college or get a job? Will I try to hold on to my friendships and romantic relationships from high school? Am I ready to strike out on my own (and possibly fail)? Many of the characters are faced with some dilemma that will have major repercussions. If you read my reviews on a regular basis, I am very critical of YA books that indulge in "missing parent" syndrome. You know what I mean: Mom left home when I was a toddler, and dad is a mess. Mom and dad are so successful, they ignore me until I do something egregious. Dad divorced mom and we haven't heard from him for years (in fairness, sometimes this does occur, but you get what I mean). When I see that, it is an immediate red flag in my book. It just isn't realistic. That's why I particularly enjoyed the two parents of Gael. It wasn't so much that they were always there in Gael's life, it was because they were fully formed characters with complex feelings for each other. They were the inspiration (and the cautionary tale) that motivates Love to intervene on Gael's behalf. What I didn't Like: The Grand Gesture: Now, of course, this kind of event is expected in a lighthearted romantic YA book. But this novel takes the grand declaration way beyond even what the silliest movie Rom-Coms would do. It seemed to suggest that if Gael's timing were off, somehow he would never get to express his feelings for a certain girl. It would have also meant that this girl's feelings for Gael would have fizzled out, if not for The Grand Gesture. I found that to be ridiculous. Aside from the silly ending, I loved how this book showed how children and teens are really affected by a divorce. Not only is it had to live between two households (and deal with two sets of rules and consequences), but seeing a loving relationship deteriorate into bitterness and hate is devastating for kids. I think this book shows that no matter how long you are with someone, without careful tending, even the best relationship can falter.