A review by amiefiremoon
Love Is for Losers, by Wibke Brueggemann


"Fair enough, Shakepeare was popular and wrote a lot of plays, but Romeo and Juilet is actually a bit shit, isn't it? It's basically teenagers throwing a major tantrum."

Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann is a wry, witty, sensitive coming of age story. Fifteen year old Phoebe finds herself without a touchstone when her mom (once again) leaves her to help refugees for Medecins Internationale and her best friend, Polly, is solely focused on her new boyfriend. Fortunately, her mom's best friend, Kate, is always there to help guide her through the ups and downs of teen life and be her surrogate family. When Phoebe finds herself unexpectedly developing her first crush, she does everything in her power to fall out of love, but can she succeed before it's too late?

I loved everything about this book! I found the characters to be endearingly flawed and absolutely wanted the best outcome for Phoebe. The pacing was quick and I thought the diary entry style really allowed me to connect with Phoebe's mindset. This is a sweet story that channels all the angst and irritation of first love and redefines what it means to receive unconditional love.

Advanced readers' copy provided courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Available 2021.