Tuesday, June 14, 2022

REVIEW: Can't Look Away by Carola Lovering


 I've never read a book by Carola Lovering but I can tell you that I will now be looking into what else she's written and be procuring those asap. Can't Look Away was nuts and I couldn't put it down. The basic premise--girl meets boy, falls in love, relationship ends + girl meets other boy, falls in love and tries to live happily ever after, even though there are still deep feelings for boy number 1--isn't new. The love story of to twenty somethings at the beginnings of their lives is one we can all identify with and made that part of the story relatable. It's what she builds around Molly, Jake, and Hunter that makes it so that you can't look away (sorry! I couldn't help it). Primarily, it's Sabrina and what a complete obsessed psychopath that she is that kept me on my toes. She was so cringe-y and made me want to face palm so many times and yet at the same time I had a teeny tiny bit of sympathy for her. Just a smidge though. Mostly I just wanted her to clue in and move on. While Sabrina was busy plotting and planning, Molly, Jake, and Hunter were finding themselves, together and apart, and growing up. 

Fast forward a decade later and life seems to have settled down, though clearly it has not. Molly and Hunter are happy, minus one major aspect--having a second child and Sabrina should be completely content and happy with how things are in her life, but noooo, she has to be a little psychopath and can't leave well enough alone.

Can't Look Away had me pick it up every second I could and now I can't wait to dive into her previous novels. 

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In 2013, twenty-three-year old Molly Diamond is a barista, dreaming of becoming a writer. One night at a concert in East Williamsburg, she locks eyes with the lead singer, Jake Danner, and can’t look away. Molly and Jake fall quickly and deeply in love, especially after he writes a hit song about her that puts his band on the map.

Nearly a decade later, Molly has given up writing and is living in Flynn Cove, Connecticut with her young daughter and her husband Hunter—who is decidedly 
not Jake Danner. Their life looks picture-perfect, but Molly is lonely; she feels out of place with the other women in their wealthy suburb, and is struggling to conceive their second child. When Sabrina, a newcomer in town, walks into the yoga studio where Molly teaches and confesses her own fertility struggles, Molly believes she's finally found a friend.

But Sabrina has her own reasons for moving to Flynn Cove and befriending Molly. And as Sabrina’s secrets are slowly unspooled, her connection to Molly becomes clearer––as do secrets of Molly's own, which she’s worked hard to keep buried.

Meanwhile, a new version of Jake's hit song is on the radio, forcing Molly to confront her past and ask the ultimate questions: What happens when life turns out nothing like we thought it would, when we were young and dreaming big? Does growing up mean choosing with your head, rather than your heart? And do we ever truly get over our first love?

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