Title: Love Is For Losers
Author: Wibke Brueggemann
Publication Date: 25 February 2021
Synopsis Did you know you can marry yourself? How strange / brilliant is that?
Fifteen-year-old Phoebe thinks falling in love is vile and degrading, and vows never to do it. Then, due to circumstances not entirely in her control, she finds herself volunteering at a local thrift shop. There she meets Emma . . . who might unwittingly upend her whole theory on life.
Format: Paperback courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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Representation: Phoebe is a lesbian, Alex has Down Syndrome, Emma is a lesbian.
Content warnings: parental neglect, sexual shaming.
Phoebe was a breath of fresh air to read about. She doesn’t understand this whole love thing, and thinks that it’s for losers. Her best friend, Polly, has decided that Tristan is more interesting to kiss than to hang out or be around.
So Phoebe feels rejected, and it doesn’t help that her doctor mum has decided to go off to yet another country and save the people there, rather than raising her daughter.
The book is told in diary entries, which I love a lot, and it was an awesome insight into Phoebe’s personality and the way she thinks.
This book feels very authentically written by a 15 year old student who is in the midst of navigating her GSCEs, her sudden loss of friendship with Polly, her godmother Kate’s designer cats, and needing a job.
I laughed out loud so many times reading this book, and I know reviews have been mixed on goodreads, but I thoroughly loved this book.
I also flew through this book – it was such a quick read, and I was so wholly captivated by Phoebe’s story and I needed to know what happened next. So much that I read this book within 24 hours.
Emma and Phoebe’s friendship, was so lovely, and their romance was wonderfully slow burn and I just adore them together so much! I need a sequel just on their silly selves.
This was an easy 5 stars from me.