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Five Ways to Fall Out of Love, by Emily Martin

enchantedtoreadyou's review

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3.0

Three stars for this fun YA contemporary about falling in, out, and back into love. There is of course a love triangle, and I kept going back and forth about who I liked. The characters were okay. I didn't really like any of them. They all did things that made me cringe. This was an ok contemporary. It wasn't my favorite, but it was fast and a good read if you need something fluffy.

asparagusisreading's review

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emotional hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

A big thank you to Emily Martin and those at NetGalley and Inkyard Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this arc.

Content + Trigger Warning: estranged-divorced parents, teens drinking and under the influence, discussion of sex, description of oral sex and foreplay, minor biphobia

Representation: a bisexual male main character/love interest

FIVE WAYS TO FALL OUT OF LOVE by EMILY MARTIN is a YA rom-com following high school student Aubrey Cash as she navigates her romantic and platonic relationships in her life. The problem is, she has learned not to trust or rely on love. It just never seems to work out and her theory only continues to be proven with all of the relationships crumbling around her. First, there's her parents that seem to be on their way to a divorce. Then there are the friendship breakups. Don't even get started on the disaster of a homecoming date with Webster and falling for his cousin, Holland. 

It's Aubrey's world and they are all just living in it. One of my favorite things in books is when an author can write some incredible side characters that I'm rooting for them just as much as I'm rooting for the main characters. The side characters in this? Chef's kiss. I adored the story behind Veronica and the journey of Reese and Kevin. I wanted more page time with them! Webster and Holland being cousins vying for Aubrey's love left room for comparison between the two and let me tell you, I was definitely flipping sides just as much as Aubrey was. They're both great boys and make some mistakes, but they are promising love interests and tried their best.

Even though I was so sucked into the story that I read this in a span of 2 days, I will be giving it a 3 star rating. The premise was promising and I enjoyed reading about high school characters that felt realistic, that felt similar to someone I may already know. But I felt there were a few issues with the story that made it difficult for me to give this a higher rating. For starters, the main character and narrator of the story, Aubrey Cash, is an unlikeable character. She does have her flaws and issues that she learns from in the story. However, I was not a fan of some comments she would make about her friends, especially some relating to Webster's bisexuality. They felt a bit ignorant or like she wasn't listening to what he was saying. Another issue I had with the story was how some plot points felt repetitive. Then again, that could just be typical high schooler behavior trying to figure out themselves and making the same mistakes along the way.

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kkatiecheung's review

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emotional funny hopeful medium-paced

4.25

amiefiremoon's review

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3.0

I didn't love this book, it hit me wrong. I feel like crushing on someone who treated you terribly isn't healthy and created drama for drama's sake. Also, why even mention that Webster is bi if it really has nothing much to do with the story? The author does a good job with character development - you know their personalities almost immediately - I just didn't like any of the characters, except Holland.

moggmogg's review

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3.0

YA neighbors; misunderstanding

book_lover21's review

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emotional reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

keahiinfra's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

stephaniesbookreviews's review against another edition

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lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

This was a quick, easy read and for awhile I thought it would be a solid 3 stars. Unfortunately, it ended up going really downhill for me. Aubrey was a completely unlikable character. The cynical stuff I could understand, but she was such a little brat to almost everyone. And I hated how poorly she treated sweet, adorable Holland. Webster was so whiny and had such a chip on his shoulder that I found it a little surprising that we're supposed to be rooting for Aubrey to end up with him? While there was a little bit of good banter, it was not enough to save the book for me. This one definitely wasn't for me and I don't think I'll try anything else by this author. 

caitbower's review

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5.0

OMG THIS WAS SO DANG GOOD. I was having a hard time picking a new read and pick up this one randomly. By the first page I was HOOKED. This books is my favorite type of read, the one you can’t put down, the one you can’t stop reading. Loved this book a whole lot!!!

What’s so great about it?? Besides everything...
- The drama!! Man I love drama!! This was like watching a TV show honestly and I sucked up every minute.
- Love Triangle / Friends to Lovers trope

cecireda's review

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3.0

3.5

I’m really not a fan of miscommunication and the fact that for like 80% of the book she was dating his cousin was a bit weird for me. It would have been better if they were only friends or dated for less pages. It just felt like the main couple was not the focus for most of the novel.

For the good:

I liked the bi representation and the few snippets we got dealing with biphobia. I also liked how the characters after finding out about the miscommunication actually tried talk about it.

Anyway I would be up for giving this author another chance even if this one was not my cup of tea.