The Romantics by Leah Konen

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: November 1st 2016


Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Shortly after suffering through his parents’ divorce, Gael Brennan finds his own relationship falling apart. Now he’s lost his stable family, his girlfriend and his best friend. Love knows that she can make things right for Gael but when he starts falling again – for the wrong girl – things get more complicated.

The narration in this book is fantastic. The story is told through the eyes of Love herself as she struggles to lead Gael to the right girl. It’s a refreshing and unique take on the romantic comedy genre. Konen’s narrator is witty, sweet, and far more interesting than the standard narration style reader’s usually expect. Most books stick to first-person or a sort of omniscient third person void of personality, Konen’s choice to make Love a character and the narrator is a stroke of brilliance.

The actual protagonist, Gael, is also lovable. He’s a die-hard romantic and a film buff. There’s good focus on friends and family and a cast of likeable characters (excluding Anika who’s pretty terrible). However, Gael really just outshines them all, he is such an easy character to root for. It’s impossible not to want the best for Gael even when he’s being difficult.

The ending was rather abrupt. Not to mention entirely predictable, but romantic comedies usually are. There are a few things that are never entirely worked out satisfactorily. There was also some sympathising with a cheater which wasn’t endearing. If the book’s narration had been different it might have felt cliche and more like standard rom-com fodder but the problems are able to be overlooked due to Konen’s creative choices.

From Love’s narration to her descriptions of romantic typings (Cynics, Romantics, Dreamers etc.) The Romantics covers all the bases of a rom-com and goes the extra mile. A quirky and unique contemporary for those who believe in the book of love.


Read this if you’re a fan of: P.S. I Love You


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