This Love Story Will Self-Destruct
This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.

This Love Story Will Self-Destruct Details

TitleThis Love Story Will Self-Destruct
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501168536
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance, New Adult

This Love Story Will Self-Destruct Review

  • Cia Black
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever read a book and when the conclusion came, you were honestly a peace with it. This love story will self-destruct was so calming and satisfying the whole way through that I for sure thought I would be let down by the departing words. But I was wrong, this book just left me in such a tranquil state of mind that was in awe.It's exactly as the synopsis describes it to be, which was again oddly satisfying. This is the story of past acquaintances and what ifs. It was remarkably told throu Have you ever read a book and when the conclusion came, you were honestly a peace with it. This love story will self-destruct was so calming and satisfying the whole way through that I for sure thought I would be let down by the departing words. But I was wrong, this book just left me in such a tranquil state of mind that was in awe.It's exactly as the synopsis describes it to be, which was again oddly satisfying. This is the story of past acquaintances and what ifs. It was remarkably told through Eve and Ben point of view. Each very distinguishable in their own voice and expressions. The characters are the most genuine and realistic bunch,  and throughout the book, you can see how each member of this odd group of friends grows from college years to marriages and jobs. It was comforting to see these New Yorkers come and go through the storyline. I appreciated that Cohen didn't go for the usual instalove connection with her characters. You see their flaws, their weaknesses so to speak. The attitudes, the diversity of the friendships.  It funny when I think about it. My husband and my path crossed multiple times over the course of our lives before we actually met. Maybe that is why it resonated with me so much. I appreciated every part of this and how Cohen intriguingly manifested a relationship through the entwinement of some pretty pivotal points of their lives. This is a book that can easily be enjoyed be enjoyed by 16-year-old teen girl worrying about her high school sweetheart and what maybe come of them to a woman of a more mature age looking for a heartwarmingly sweet, witty, lovely love story that has withstood the test of times.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.4.5 starsBefore I start with a brief synopsis, I just want to say that the writing was superb. It is the author's debut novel and it was written with such care, I was very impressed.We are introduced to Eve and her group of girlfriends as they navigate friendship and love in NYC. There are a group of guys who always seem to be just around, cue in Ben. Eve is anxious and over analyzes everything, that she feels most I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.4.5 starsBefore I start with a brief synopsis, I just want to say that the writing was superb. It is the author's debut novel and it was written with such care, I was very impressed.We are introduced to Eve and her group of girlfriends as they navigate friendship and love in NYC. There are a group of guys who always seem to be just around, cue in Ben. Eve is anxious and over analyzes everything, that she feels most of her relationships are doomed from the start. Ben is not her typical type and also has a connection to her former life that she is not aware of; they have a moment and a series of meet-ups soon after lead to the story of Eve and Ben. The characters are relatable and the dialogue is authentic, it felt very real. I felt very connected to Eve, and often as I read I would say "me too" when she was working through the feelings or thoughts in her head. I read this book in 1 day, as I had to get to the ending to see what transpired. It was a quick, delightful read. I highly recommend.
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  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC received for an honest review***Have you ever grabbed a handful of brightly colored candies and tossed them in your mouth thinking "all right! m&m's!" only to discover you now have a mouthful of skittles? That's what this book did to me - an unexpected tart flavor with a surprising deliciousness. I thought I was going to get sugary sweet, but instead I got something to chew on. A large portion of this book is about how Eve is neurotic and self-destructive and a hot mess. Cohen doesn't ***ARC received for an honest review***Have you ever grabbed a handful of brightly colored candies and tossed them in your mouth thinking "all right! m&m's!" only to discover you now have a mouthful of skittles? That's what this book did to me - an unexpected tart flavor with a surprising deliciousness. I thought I was going to get sugary sweet, but instead I got something to chew on. A large portion of this book is about how Eve is neurotic and self-destructive and a hot mess. Cohen doesn't dip her toes in the crazy pool - she goes in with a cannonball. Eve has to be one of the most believable, relatable and all-around lovable characters I've met. During her bizarre inner-monologues I thought "cool. Leslie Cohen has been inside my head." I found a story and an author that allowed me to connect to the characters on this visceral cerebral level. There was little physical description of Eve or Ben - but their beautiful idiosyncrasies were there in vivid detail. Ben is...okay, this is gonna sound rude. But Ben seems so incidental to the story...until he doesn't. I was all about Eve - riding the Crazy Train with my girl wondering "what's this guy doing here?" Til suddenly Ben felt like air - necessary. Cohen pulled the disparate strands of her multi-hued story from the air and weaved them together at the end - a bold tapestry of a story. I am jittery. A worrier. An overachiever. My husband is my rock. My anchor. And this is a love story that reflects real life - Quirky. Mundane. Stressful. Brilliant. A couple of times the story was so painful I had to set the book down and walk around. Twice I read paragraphs out loud because I needed to experience the writing on more levels. And while I didn't cry I did get a little teary - more than once. So yeah - not a romance. Not silly. Definitely way more book than indicated by the cover or the blurb. Way more book than I anticipated - in the best way possible. If you're looking for a love that's not about throbbing members, glamorous women and unrealistic expectations but about cockroaches, pajamas and the *Potato Chip Incident* this is the story for you. For more reviews...
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 3.5 StarsBoy meets girl, girl doesn’t even acknowledge him on her radar, perhaps because he is reasonably safe, a little bland, not a bad boy? Eve is anything but stable, mature, she is a dreamer, waiting for her dreams to arrive and unfold themselves in front of her. She likes to think she is living life on the edge, but her own thoughts and insecurities keep tripping her up.Ben is a young man who thrives on order in a chaotic world. He isn’t worthy of Eve’s notice until years later My Rating: 3.5 StarsBoy meets girl, girl doesn’t even acknowledge him on her radar, perhaps because he is reasonably safe, a little bland, not a bad boy? Eve is anything but stable, mature, she is a dreamer, waiting for her dreams to arrive and unfold themselves in front of her. She likes to think she is living life on the edge, but her own thoughts and insecurities keep tripping her up.Ben is a young man who thrives on order in a chaotic world. He isn’t worthy of Eve’s notice until years later when their paths continue to cross long after they were “out in the world,” and even then, it isn’t some magically, eye-opening experience, but there is something. The pull of opposites attracting? Eve finally deciding to get off the crazy train and grow up just a little? Ben needing to add a pinch of chaos in his orderly world?Funny how a character can irritate a reader, especially when she is so realistic, shallow, but far too realistic. Eve is that girl who wants to live life in the fast lane, complete with the drama, the bad choices and the ability to do it all in the shallow end of life. She has been damaged by her past, and it becomes her shield, her reason for why she is the way she is, which is often unappreciative (ie: her stepfather and her attitude towards the man).I wanted to know more about Ben. Being less “volatile or quirky” doesn’t mean he isn’t just as complex. Love is a funny thing, there is no rhyme or reason, it’s an attraction that just is. Real love doesn’t worry what others think, it isn’t life in the fast 24/7. Will Eve learn this before it is too late? Perhaps she will never find that “perfect love,” perhaps she will find what she needs as opposed to what she thinks she wants. Will Ben be there to cross her path one more time?THIS LOVE STORY WILL SELF-DESTRUCT by Leslie Cohen is superbly written, there is no doubt that Ms. Cohen is a gifted wordsmith. She did evoke emotions from me, not sure all were good ones, but I was drawn in, partly because I needed to hope I could find that missing connection, that AHA moment when everything made sense and I could return to reality feeling settled, feeling I could like BOTH main characters. It didn’t happen, but maybe it’s just me, because I DO like Leslie Cohen’s sense of writing style, sharp, edgy and strong enough to create a world where not everyone feels warm and fuzzy.I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.Publisher: Gallery Books (January 23, 2018)Publication Date: January 23, 2018Genre: Fiction | Domestic LifePrint Length: 336 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.Arc received in exchange for a review.More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an HONEST review. That being said: I hated it. Eve was truly insufferable. She was a garbage person I could not stand from the beginning. At 37% (kindle) I had to force myself to keep going. Ben (our other lead) doesn’t even come into the story until the halfway point. Ben was a gem and didn’t get nearly enough of a plot or character development. When he entered the story, it was a relief because it meant dealing with Eve a Let me start by saying I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an HONEST review. That being said: I hated it. Eve was truly insufferable. She was a garbage person I could not stand from the beginning. At 37% (kindle) I had to force myself to keep going. Ben (our other lead) doesn’t even come into the story until the halfway point. Ben was a gem and didn’t get nearly enough of a plot or character development. When he entered the story, it was a relief because it meant dealing with Eve a little less. The fact that he tolerated her and put up with her (for lack of a better term) “quirks” boggles my mind.And the italics. FOR THE LOVE, the italics. Pages and pages and pages of Eve’s thoughts in italics made me feel like I was losing my mind. The writing was well done. I just really hated the story. I wanted to like it so much.
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  • Ginger at GReadsBooks.com
    January 1, 1970
    That was messy & gritty & I loved it.
  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet and bitter story about a young couple that was always crossing paths with each other but never actually met… later on, Ben and Eve are a couple, but one of them is keeping a secret that could change the future of their relationship. I read this book in one day, it keep me awake at night, I was waiting for something to happen, the beginning was a little boring, I was almost giving it up then suddenly right in the middle, I felt in love with Ben and Eve!
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  • Diana Iozzia
    January 1, 1970
    "This Love Story Will Self-Destruct"Written by Leslie CohenReview written by Diana Iozzia / Bookworm Banter"This Love Story Will Self-Destruct" is a great new romantic comedy. This is very different than typical will-they-won't-they books, and it's very reminiscent of "When Harry Met Sally" and many Nora Ephron films, both of which are written about in the blurb and in reviews, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks like this. Clearly, if you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of late 80s and 9 "This Love Story Will Self-Destruct"Written by Leslie CohenReview written by Diana Iozzia / Bookworm Banter"This Love Story Will Self-Destruct" is a great new romantic comedy. This is very different than typical will-they-won't-they books, and it's very reminiscent of "When Harry Met Sally" and many Nora Ephron films, both of which are written about in the blurb and in reviews, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks like this. Clearly, if you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of late 80s and 90s romantic comedies: "Sleepless in Seattle" being my favorite. Maybe I'm just a Meg Ryan fanatic.Anyway, we meet Eve and Ben in their college years. Eve is an annoying girl, possibly alcoholic, who doesn't know what she's doing in life. She's been hurt before by the abandonment by her father and the death of her mother. She clings to her stepfather, Arthur, and her college friends as she navigates a passionate but chaotic relationship with Jesse. She meets Ben multiple times over her years until they are finally able to connect and fall in love. Stupidly, Eve cheats on Ben when she sees Jesse years later, and of course, he forgives her. I really don't like cheating plots in romantic comedies. Surely, there have to be other ways for romantic leads to find their way back to each other.I did enjoy this book, but I did have some problems. Sometimes the dialogue is a bit nutty, but it's mostly relatable and realistic. The book sucked me in with a good prologue. Eve asks many sad questions, if an apartment still exists after you move out, if a restaurant stays open after you pay the bill and close the door? Do places still exist in time after you've left? Eve begs the question why it took so long for her and Ben to find each other. I like openings like this. In addition, Jesse is a great character, although he's actually a terrible human. What's interesting to me is that he's written more with a stronger description and story line than Ben is, who is supposed to be our main character. I mean I like Ben, but the book spent so much time on Jesse, that we hardly know who Ben is. Another thing about Ben is that he knows something really important about Eve that takes him about three years to tell her. He's also kinda stupid. She writes him this funny and weird letter apologizing to him, and it takes him too long to finally find it. Also, goodness gracious how many times can characters, places, and things be considered "exotic"? Honestly, I think I read the word at least four times. My least favorite thing about this book is the way that the characters find their ways back to each other. It absolutely infuriates me, actually. Eve accidentally bumps into one of Ben's old friends, tells Glick that she still loves Ben, Glick secretly arranges a meeting, Ben leaves, and then he realizes that the beautiful, kind, innocent woman he's with now has nothing on Eve, so he completely drops Natalie for Eve. I'm not sorry to say that Natalie shouldn't set him free so easily. If I had found out that my significant other secretly still loved his ex and wanted to go back to her, I wouldn't just let him go. This is unrealistic and places no blame on Ben for being a shitty person to her. Yuck.Lastly, I did enjoy this book, despite the slightly unkind characters. But it's hard to find a romantic comedy where the characters are flawless? (Sleepless in Seattle <3) I think this book is a really cool rom-com, and I find it's rare to find such a realistic, honest one in book form. I'd certainly enjoy this if it was turned into a film!(I received a complementary ARC for reviewing purposes.)
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Wow you guys. Is Gallery books sure this is Leslie Cohen's debut novel? In all seriousness this book was written will outstanding talent. I didn't know about this book right away. I actually got it as an email from NetGalley. Most of the time, I dismiss these types of emails, but for some reason I clicked on this one and I immediately fell in love. I went on to request it right away. I couldn't wait to get some time to read this. Once I did..I was HOOKED. So thank you NetGalley, Gallery Publishe Wow you guys. Is Gallery books sure this is Leslie Cohen's debut novel? In all seriousness this book was written will outstanding talent. I didn't know about this book right away. I actually got it as an email from NetGalley. Most of the time, I dismiss these types of emails, but for some reason I clicked on this one and I immediately fell in love. I went on to request it right away. I couldn't wait to get some time to read this. Once I did..I was HOOKED. So thank you NetGalley, Gallery Publishers, Simon&Schuster, and whomever else involved. I absolutely loved this novel.Okay, so obviously with the synopsis we meet Eve and Ben. In actuality they aren't together until maybe 30-40% of the book. While a part of me is always anticipating the immediate romance between characters, I actually enjoyed the character buildup of Eve. I didn't enjoy her involvement in drug use (I'm just not that type of person...) but I get some people are and I respected that for the story's sake. I really felt like we were witnessing Eve grow up and adapt to who she was truly meant to be. I do wish we had that sense of closure between Eve and her biological dad like we did between Eve and her step-dad, but that definitely was not a deal-breaker for me.I feel like TLSWSD touches deep in the heart of us somewhere. The dramatics really ground this book and give it that "real" moment, those "real" feelings, and that "raw" emotion that gives us that "ah ha!" moment.Anyways, TLSWSD was quirky, fun, passionate, funny, and at times dramatic when it needed to be. The cover is enticing, the character development of Eve was superb, the funny cute quotes (which I can't quote at this time) were super cute and funny. It gave us something to life the spirits of some of the heaviness inside. This book was great.Would I recommend this book to a friend? You better believe I would.I may have connected with this book because I feel like I can relate to Eve in a way. When I read books like this, it's always easy to throw yourself in one's shoes. Eve made that easy for us to do because she is a girl, on her own, struggling to become who she wants to be in a world that has made it difficult to do. She makes mistakes, she makes rash judgments, she owns up to them, she tries to make herself better. She tries. She's determined. A brilliant way to read of "coming of age" if you will.This wasn't a book about Ben..or he would be on the cover. This book wouldn't be called This Love Story Will Self Destruct, it would be called something like This Love Story Won't Be Allowed To Self Destruct.. Ben wasn't some overbearing guy who made Eve feel like she had to be someone she wasn't. They saw each other throughout college, but never really had the opportunity to know one another. Once they do, it was so normal for them to be in company of themselves that it felt normal. Ben didn't ask Eve to change, didn't keep her from anything. He truly let her be herself and grow! I loved that. GO BEN!This Love Story Will Self-Destruct Releases January 23, 2018! Make sure you pencil this release in because it is one you won't want to forget. A great start to your New Year!Happy Thanksgiving Weekend you Guys!Much Much Much Love,DauntlessReading
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