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A sharp, witty collection of stories about brilliant, broken women that are just the right amount wrong. Whether diving into complicated relationships or wrestling with family ties, the girls and women who populate this collection―misfits and misanthropes, bickering sisters, responsible daughters, and unhappy wives―don't always find themselves making the best decisions. A w A sharp, witty collection of stories about brilliant, broken women that are just the right amount wrong. Whether diving into complicated relationships or wrestling with family ties, the girls and women who populate this collection―misfits and misanthropes, bickering sisters, responsible daughters, and unhappy wives―don't always find themselves making the best decisions. A woman struggles with a new kind of love triangle when she moves in with a divorced dad. A lonely teenage beach attendant finds uneasy comradeship with her boss. A high school English teacher gets pushed to her limits when a student plagiarizes. Often caught between desire and duty, guilt and resentment, these characters discover what it means to get lost in love, and do what it takes to find themselves again. Utterly singular and wholly unforgettable, Duffy-Comparone's stories manage to be slyly, wickedly funny at even their darkest turns and herald the arrival of an irreverent and dazzling new voice.


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A sharp, witty collection of stories about brilliant, broken women that are just the right amount wrong. Whether diving into complicated relationships or wrestling with family ties, the girls and women who populate this collection―misfits and misanthropes, bickering sisters, responsible daughters, and unhappy wives―don't always find themselves making the best decisions. A w A sharp, witty collection of stories about brilliant, broken women that are just the right amount wrong. Whether diving into complicated relationships or wrestling with family ties, the girls and women who populate this collection―misfits and misanthropes, bickering sisters, responsible daughters, and unhappy wives―don't always find themselves making the best decisions. A woman struggles with a new kind of love triangle when she moves in with a divorced dad. A lonely teenage beach attendant finds uneasy comradeship with her boss. A high school English teacher gets pushed to her limits when a student plagiarizes. Often caught between desire and duty, guilt and resentment, these characters discover what it means to get lost in love, and do what it takes to find themselves again. Utterly singular and wholly unforgettable, Duffy-Comparone's stories manage to be slyly, wickedly funny at even their darkest turns and herald the arrival of an irreverent and dazzling new voice.

30 review for Love Like That: Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Giveaway Win!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    Love Like That is a collection of short stories all with a slightly twisted or almost dark take on humanity and love. Yes, love like "that" with "that" being something a bit less than ideal. We have a woman dating a man with a child from a previous marriage, she is not sure what she thinks of this package deal. There is the little girl whose mom & dad are separated and her mom seems to be taking things to extremes. The stories are mostly about love that is a little bit off. I enjoyed them for th Love Like That is a collection of short stories all with a slightly twisted or almost dark take on humanity and love. Yes, love like "that" with "that" being something a bit less than ideal. We have a woman dating a man with a child from a previous marriage, she is not sure what she thinks of this package deal. There is the little girl whose mom & dad are separated and her mom seems to be taking things to extremes. The stories are mostly about love that is a little bit off. I enjoyed them for their quirkiness and their dark wit. I will be keeping my eye on Emma Duffy-Comparone to see what else she writes. She's also fairly local to me and a lot of these stories were set in New England. I won a copy of this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I won this in a goodreads giveaway. It’s a depressing read which I didn’t expect from this cover nor the description

  4. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Krall

    Love Like That is a short story collection that portrays women who have some kind of heartbreak and their struggle to recover. They have all made wrong choices which impacts their lives and the lives which impacted their lives and the lives of others. Although I found this book to be very dark , I still enjoyed reading it. I received this Ebook from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kea4

    Love Like That: Stories by Emma Duffy-Comparone looked like a good book. Its not. I like short stories because in just a few pages you have to connect with the characters your reading about and jump into their journey. This is not that kind of book. Instead of opening up with the strongest piece of work we are treated to an awful family with no true ending. Why would I want to read any more after that? I did not like the writing style. I did not enjoy these depressing and unfunny stories. The charac Love Like That: Stories by Emma Duffy-Comparone looked like a good book. Its not. I like short stories because in just a few pages you have to connect with the characters your reading about and jump into their journey. This is not that kind of book. Instead of opening up with the strongest piece of work we are treated to an awful family with no true ending. Why would I want to read any more after that? I did not like the writing style. I did not enjoy these depressing and unfunny stories. The characters are stuck in places because of dumb decisions they have made. The cursing feels really out of place. Not to mention I did not like any of the characters. The only thing I liked was the front cover. https://theworldisabookandiamitsreade...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Emma Duffy-Comparone has written a collection of short stories that are filled with tragic characters in raw and vibrant stories. These characters draw you in, keep you turning pages, and stick with you long after their story has ended. I have a hard time describing it as “funny” and “joyful” which are words used to describe it on the back cover of the ARC, but I did enjoy reading it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I was excited by the concept of this book, so I entered to win a copy via a Goodreads Giveaway (and I got lucky!) Short stories are wickedly enticing because they usually pack a big punch of literary calories on a small plate. Each story held promise. Each character possessed a flawed realism. The characters were deeply human and it was easy to make a connection to their plights. Maybe we have been in a similar situation or know a friend of a friend who’s been there. Unfortunately, although I be I was excited by the concept of this book, so I entered to win a copy via a Goodreads Giveaway (and I got lucky!) Short stories are wickedly enticing because they usually pack a big punch of literary calories on a small plate. Each story held promise. Each character possessed a flawed realism. The characters were deeply human and it was easy to make a connection to their plights. Maybe we have been in a similar situation or know a friend of a friend who’s been there. Unfortunately, although I believe it to be intentional, the abrupt endings were just that: abrupt. I was left wanting more. Without closure from the author, there is a nagging sense that I must invent my own ending. Unfortunately, my life has been a bit hectic for me to tap into my imagination and make everything a happily ever after for these women. Each woman came holding such emotional baggage and absolutely nothing got resolved. In fact, I feel their lives somehow became far worse than how each story introduced them to us. Not for lack of creativity I rated this three stars. The author certainly painted vivid imagery which brought me to each time and place. One description in particular left me realizing just what a talent she is: “Out the window, her favorite maple was already naked, its leaves a red dress around its ankles” (p. 186). There is no doubt author Emma Duffy-Comparone is a powerful writer. Hopefully, more of her work is coming down the pike and I will certainly give it another go as she certainly has a way with words.

  8. 5 out of 5

    A.L. Goulden

    I thought I'd try this one because I love character-driven stories about women and the cake on the cover (as well as the blurb) suggested a sweet, uplifting experience. It was actually quite dark time and again, but I kept going because sometimes life struggles are not a piece of cake to resolve. This work of literary fiction has a lot of imagination in terms of the range of character situations (separated triplets, the aftermath of a car accident that killed an infant, a teenager who almost has I thought I'd try this one because I love character-driven stories about women and the cake on the cover (as well as the blurb) suggested a sweet, uplifting experience. It was actually quite dark time and again, but I kept going because sometimes life struggles are not a piece of cake to resolve. This work of literary fiction has a lot of imagination in terms of the range of character situations (separated triplets, the aftermath of a car accident that killed an infant, a teenager who almost has sex with a grown man, oddly portrayed domestic abuse) but there were no firm resolutions, which even thoughtful literary works should have sprinkled here and there. The trouble I had with this was that there wasn't a thread or structure to connect these women. I don't know why I expected there to be one but so many of the stories are very depressing and maybe having a common theme or some sort of connection might have made it carry more purpose or lift. Character details were given with sharp, succinct delivery (great in short stories) which shows me that Duffy-Comparone has a gift for storytelling and she definitely proved imagination in telling unique stories. I'll look for her next work but I did not feel the joyful connection promised in the synopsis. Thank you, Henry Holt and Company and Emma Duffy-Comparone for an eARC copy of “Love Like That” in exchange for an honest review (via NetGalley).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Note when you pick this up that the knife is in the middle of the cake. This isn't a light and uplifting collection of short stories but rather a sharp and entertaining look at a variety of (mostly) young women. You might like some of the women and might despair of others; you might also recognize some of them. I was taken by how one woman pulls her bra out of her shirt sleeve like a rabbit from a hat-a comparison I'd not thought of before but which totally works. It is piercingly funny in spots Note when you pick this up that the knife is in the middle of the cake. This isn't a light and uplifting collection of short stories but rather a sharp and entertaining look at a variety of (mostly) young women. You might like some of the women and might despair of others; you might also recognize some of them. I was taken by how one woman pulls her bra out of her shirt sleeve like a rabbit from a hat-a comparison I'd not thought of before but which totally works. It is piercingly funny in spots but bleak in others. I'm a short story fan and like to read them one at a time, which allows me, I think, to appreciate each on its own merits. Thanks to edelweiss for the ARC. A nice debut and I'm going to look for Duffy-Comparone in the future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Foster

    A stockpiling of dramatically bad, complex and detached situations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Those reviewing this book did not give it ample chance - in my opinion this book is humorous, poignant, and articulate in all the right places.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dan Roussel

    One of the best collections I've ever read! Witty, precise, and polished. Emma Duffy-Comparone is a star. One of the best collections I've ever read! Witty, precise, and polished. Emma Duffy-Comparone is a star.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy Byers

    Great book!! Loved the characters!! I want more!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Terrible. Disappointing. Why did I finish reading this? This collection of short stories are not in any way funny or joyful as advertised. How do you find joy in a woman being beaten then sleeping with her daughter afterwards? In a babysitter having a fatal accident that kills a 19 month old baby boy? the restaurant where a teenage girl (14 I think) almost has sex with guy over a decade older, doesn't, but comes back years later to finish that story. A missing triplet and the sisters left behind Terrible. Disappointing. Why did I finish reading this? This collection of short stories are not in any way funny or joyful as advertised. How do you find joy in a woman being beaten then sleeping with her daughter afterwards? In a babysitter having a fatal accident that kills a 19 month old baby boy? the restaurant where a teenage girl (14 I think) almost has sex with guy over a decade older, doesn't, but comes back years later to finish that story. A missing triplet and the sisters left behind. I just don't get how any of these super depressing stories appeals to a reader. I love to read and will pick up any story. This book just totally turned me off. I did finish it simply to see if any of the stories caught my attention or made me feel anything but disgust. This one really was a let down. I won this book in a goodreads giveaway, thank you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barred Owl Books

    So I don't usually quote anyone else's review's but this one from Refinery 29 is spot on! “A witty, provocative short story collection, filled with women who are delightfully difficult.” Who doesn't enjoy a little bit of wrong? So I don't usually quote anyone else's review's but this one from Refinery 29 is spot on! “A witty, provocative short story collection, filled with women who are delightfully difficult.” Who doesn't enjoy a little bit of wrong?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Conner Horak

    Love Like That tells the stories of flawed and unique women in all their hilarious, disturbing glory. In them lies deep truths which I greatly admire the collection for, but it's just so gosh darn entertaining. I'll guaranteed at least one chuckle per page. From a young bride adjusting to her life with a new step son who may or may not have it out for her, to a doomed family beach excursion that ends shitty (in more ways than one..), Emma Duffy- Comparone commands these stories like a seasoned p Love Like That tells the stories of flawed and unique women in all their hilarious, disturbing glory. In them lies deep truths which I greatly admire the collection for, but it's just so gosh darn entertaining. I'll guaranteed at least one chuckle per page. From a young bride adjusting to her life with a new step son who may or may not have it out for her, to a doomed family beach excursion that ends shitty (in more ways than one..), Emma Duffy- Comparone commands these stories like a seasoned pro. It's hard to believe it's a debut.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daphne Manning

    Emma Duffy-Comparone has comprised a surprising array of stories of love . Love in all its complexities and pitfalls. It brutal on one page a d delightful on the other. We meet lovers who compromise and hold firm in their love and devotion. I found myself reliving old infatuations and sympathizing at the inevitable. If you are looking for your cake and are willing to eat a bit of emotion too, here is your New Years read. Happy reading

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    An interesting, well-written collection of short stories. A lot of the characters were victims of their own self-absorption and poor choices so it was hard to identify with them, but it was a satisfying book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    This Feral Housewife

    A real look and families and dynamics within them. Love and anger all mix together to make life. But always know that family is forever.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dave Banfield

    This reminds me of Surfer Rosa by the Pixies - when that album dropped, it was hard for people to understand. Kim Deal and Black Francis were an odd but perfect pairing, and together they perfected the clean/distortion sound that would be copied by every alternative band (including Nirvana) for almost a decade. Duffy-Comparone is doing something similar here. Instead of clean/loud, it's high/low. Her characters are working class. The settings are unglamorous - beach towns, schools, farms. Everyo This reminds me of Surfer Rosa by the Pixies - when that album dropped, it was hard for people to understand. Kim Deal and Black Francis were an odd but perfect pairing, and together they perfected the clean/distortion sound that would be copied by every alternative band (including Nirvana) for almost a decade. Duffy-Comparone is doing something similar here. Instead of clean/loud, it's high/low. Her characters are working class. The settings are unglamorous - beach towns, schools, farms. Everyone is on the grind, with no time to be particularly beautiful or doomed. And yet, the writing is sneaky spectacular. Nabokov said that literature is read with the spine - that's how Duffy-Comparone's stories hit. You almost don't know you're reading them. The lack of effort on the part of the reader speaks to the skillfulness of the writing. She packs information into small, rhythmic packages, like this sentence from "The Zen Thing": "It is an unfortunate and terrifying thing, much like the six-pack Luke has taken to drinking each morning before he calls his daughter, Matilda, who is eight, and who, because he cannot bear to tell her, and because his wife is certain he will come back, still thinks he is on a business trip." A consummate stylist, Duffy-Comparone operates across a spectrum of tone and voice. "The Offering" uses a gentle, backward-looking first person narrator. "Exuma" is written in close third, and is structurally almost an epic poem: composed of sections that resonate internally and then narrow down to one short sentence that often re-orders our understanding before giving way to the next section. "The Package Deal" (which might be the best in this collection) is an amazing hybrid of self-help and second person narrative. Just specific enough to qualify as fiction, just generalized enough (Duffy-Comparone writes about The Boyfriend, The Kid) to complete the illusion that you're somehow reading two texts at once. That's literature. This is a remarkable debut. It's "women's literary fiction" that - by never condescending to its characters - makes us aware of how often, even now, women writers take the easy way out. This book is sure to be disliked by some. People won't agree with the character's choices. They will want Duffy-Comparone to moralize or apologize. She'll refuse. Instead, she'll show you something you haven't quite seen before - and that's art, folks. In five years, this debut from Duffy-Comparone will be the book that everyone claims to have read "when it came out." My advice? Save yourself the trouble of lying, and get it now.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matt Chisling (MattyandtheBooks)

    It's time to know a whole flock of fearless, flawed, fascinating, fractures females in Emma Duffy-Comparone's debut short stories collection. Duffy-Comparone's Love Like That out now from Henry Holt Books, drops us off at a moment in time in the lives of nine women at a personal or professional impasse. We meet a teacher who's had enough when the popular girl decides to plagiarize. We meet a young woman who hates to love and loves to hate her boyfriend's kid. We meet a woman who encounters unexp It's time to know a whole flock of fearless, flawed, fascinating, fractures females in Emma Duffy-Comparone's debut short stories collection. Duffy-Comparone's Love Like That out now from Henry Holt Books, drops us off at a moment in time in the lives of nine women at a personal or professional impasse. We meet a teacher who's had enough when the popular girl decides to plagiarize. We meet a young woman who hates to love and loves to hate her boyfriend's kid. We meet a woman who encounters unexpected grief - and basically locks herself in a makeshift castle. These women seem to share some sort of loss - the loss of a family member, the loss of innocence, the loss of singledom, the loss of value for their work. It might sound dour, but the collection is surprisingly warm and complicated. There are many tender moments in this collection - and many others that make for a good laugh. Humour and hardship go hand-in-hand in this collection. It makes for a really comforting read. Duffy-Comparone's writing style is chatty and dry and I appreciated the world(s) she was able to paint for us with such small canvases. These stories are not for a reader who likes everything neatly tied up at the end: The characters are messy, so the endings are as well. But for a smart, sharp, poignant collection, you've come to the right place. A massive thank you to Henry Holt for my gifted copy in exchange for an honest review!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Stouffer

    Thank you to Henry Holt and Company and Emma Duffy-Comparone for an eARC copy of “Love Like That” in exchange for an honest review (via NetGalley). “Love Like That” is a short story collection that tackles the complexities of relationships, and the darkness that surrounds the things we do to find ourselves. If you are a fan of character-centric stories as opposed to plot-centric stories, this may be a book for you. As a note, these short stories have a series of loose endings that are up to inte Thank you to Henry Holt and Company and Emma Duffy-Comparone for an eARC copy of “Love Like That” in exchange for an honest review (via NetGalley). “Love Like That” is a short story collection that tackles the complexities of relationships, and the darkness that surrounds the things we do to find ourselves. If you are a fan of character-centric stories as opposed to plot-centric stories, this may be a book for you. As a note, these short stories have a series of loose endings that are up to interpretation. However, while the title of this book may imply love stories, prepare yourself for stories that are based in darkness and emotional turmoil. I enjoyed reading these stories, but prepare yourself for heavy topics. Some of the stories I enjoyed more than others, and it was difficult for me to connect to the characters in the stories. All in all, I think this was a good collection with great writing (if you love descriptive contemporary writing, this is for you), but it wasn’t my absolute favorite short story collection. CW: ableism, sexual assault, pedophilia, divorce, infidelity, death, death of a child, struggles with conceiving a child, child abuse, domestic abuse, animal abuse, mentions of suicide

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angie Flom

    ~ I received this book as a gift through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review ~ I was drawn to this book by the title, cover and descriptions of "funny and raw and bighearted" and "slyly wickedly funny". I was disappointed. I should have realized the knife was stabbed through the center of the cake and not just cutting a slice. I would best compare this book to a social media post that ends with "..." The stories do not seem to have a resolution and so many are dark and not at all funny. I ~ I received this book as a gift through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review ~ I was drawn to this book by the title, cover and descriptions of "funny and raw and bighearted" and "slyly wickedly funny". I was disappointed. I should have realized the knife was stabbed through the center of the cake and not just cutting a slice. I would best compare this book to a social media post that ends with "..." The stories do not seem to have a resolution and so many are dark and not at all funny. I was hoping to smile, laugh at times or be drawn to the characters and their dilemmas. I did not do any of that. It is a dark book with sad stories - mid 20s manager wanting to have sex with his 14 yr old employee, a toddler killed in a tragic accident, a sister lost/abducted, an emotional abusive mother - which is not at all what was anticipated. Some of the writing is done well, but I did not feel any attachment to the characters. Unfortunately, it is not a book I would recommend to others, although I'm sure there is an audience for these type of short stories out there. I would recommend that the description be adjusted so that it does not seem like a 'feel good' book. Thanks again to goodreads and the publisher for providing me with my copy to review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amber Clark

    I received an ARC of this collection of short stories to read and review. Each short story tells the story of a different girl or woman in a very real-world situation, whether it be a strange encounter with a boss, sisters dealing with loss, or a girlfriend dealing with a difficult soon-to-be stepchild (which happened to be my favorite story). I wasn't really sure what to expect here. The cover gives off the vibe of another Hallmark-style love story. What we get, however, is the exact opposite. I received an ARC of this collection of short stories to read and review. Each short story tells the story of a different girl or woman in a very real-world situation, whether it be a strange encounter with a boss, sisters dealing with loss, or a girlfriend dealing with a difficult soon-to-be stepchild (which happened to be my favorite story). I wasn't really sure what to expect here. The cover gives off the vibe of another Hallmark-style love story. What we get, however, is the exact opposite. Each story is obviously short, but also quite complex. Emotions are described well and extremely realistically. I often felt angry or anxious while I was reading. No story ends with a definite, satisfactory conclusion. That may frustrate some readers, but I always enjoy an ending that can be interpreted. I just really enjoyed this book, more than I honestly expected. As someone who has a very melancholy view of the world typically, this book just really fit me. I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to read this in advance of it being marketed to the masses.

  25. 4 out of 5

    A

    I'm finding the negative reviews in here kind of funny. People seemed to have won this book in a giveaway because they thought that it would be fluffy chic lit or something based on the cover. (BTW there is a carving knife stabbed in the middle lol!) Then they're saying they didn't like it because it's "depressing". That's like ordering pie and thinking you're getting apple but you get spinach instead and then saying the "apple pie" is awful. So no, this isn't fluffy uplifting chic lit. It isn't I'm finding the negative reviews in here kind of funny. People seemed to have won this book in a giveaway because they thought that it would be fluffy chic lit or something based on the cover. (BTW there is a carving knife stabbed in the middle lol!) Then they're saying they didn't like it because it's "depressing". That's like ordering pie and thinking you're getting apple but you get spinach instead and then saying the "apple pie" is awful. So no, this isn't fluffy uplifting chic lit. It isn't supposed to be. These are literary short stories that are dark at times, and also really moving and beautiful, with lots of humor in there, too. There is joy in here, even at dark times for the characters. The writing is also pretty joyful, with lots of wonderful descriptions. The review on the cover says it is "razor sharp" and that's exactly right. All the critical reviews on amazon say something similar, too. I thought it was pretty stunning, honestly.

  26. 4 out of 5

    JJ Lapinsky

    Those of you who think you are getting a chick-lit book. STOP NOW. I found out about this book from a friend who loves the chick-lit genre, and she was telling me how much she hated it. She said she thought that with the cake on the cover and the nice title about "Love" that it would be a collection of stories that was more romantic in nature - more like a Hallmark movie, which is my friend's favorite channel. BUT, I was intrigued because I had read some good reviews in Vanity Fair and such, so Those of you who think you are getting a chick-lit book. STOP NOW. I found out about this book from a friend who loves the chick-lit genre, and she was telling me how much she hated it. She said she thought that with the cake on the cover and the nice title about "Love" that it would be a collection of stories that was more romantic in nature - more like a Hallmark movie, which is my friend's favorite channel. BUT, I was intrigued because I had read some good reviews in Vanity Fair and such, so I got a copy myself. It's incredibly well-written and edgy. Totally my style. I like something that has some darkness and humor to it, and this collection delivered for me across the board. I laughed out loud probably ten or eleven times while reading. This book is just what I needed during these COVID times when I'm sick and tired of everyone, and I just want something for ME. Just something that tells the truth about being a woman and trying to make it in the world. I loved it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary G.

    Love Like That is a group of short stories about women, oftentimes finding them at their worst. There's a woman who finds her boyfriend's son seems more like a stranger, a woman dating a man much older than her, and an English teacher struggling with the system, to name a few. I enjoyed the author's unflinching look at womanhood in all its forms, and her writing style is very lyrical. I'm rating the book 3 stars because the stories didn't leave much of an impression after I was done reading them Love Like That is a group of short stories about women, oftentimes finding them at their worst. There's a woman who finds her boyfriend's son seems more like a stranger, a woman dating a man much older than her, and an English teacher struggling with the system, to name a few. I enjoyed the author's unflinching look at womanhood in all its forms, and her writing style is very lyrical. I'm rating the book 3 stars because the stories didn't leave much of an impression after I was done reading them. This may have been due to the disparate nature of the stories - the characters and situations did not connect to each other besides having female protagonists. If you enjoy short story collections, you might like this book more than I did. Thank you to Henry Holt & Company for providing an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Preston

    Um, I'm of mixed opinions on this one. The cover art is so (to me lighthearted) and the description of the book on the back set different expectation which I'm trying to reconcile with what the book actually was. This book was really heavy, with a lot of tragic short stories that really didn't resolve in a satisfying (again, to me) way. I didn't really feel as if there was an underlying message to most of them and I didn't really feel the 'love' per say as the title implies. Or perhaps it would Um, I'm of mixed opinions on this one. The cover art is so (to me lighthearted) and the description of the book on the back set different expectation which I'm trying to reconcile with what the book actually was. This book was really heavy, with a lot of tragic short stories that really didn't resolve in a satisfying (again, to me) way. I didn't really feel as if there was an underlying message to most of them and I didn't really feel the 'love' per say as the title implies. Or perhaps it would be better to say I felt the sadder side of love only. I think this is more me than the book, but I didn't enjoy it all that much. There's been too much sadness in this year already and I'm not in the mood to be even more depressed. There is definitely an audience for this book I just think I had incorrect expectations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erica Franco

    As others have mentioned, the cover and blurb on the back are rather misleading. This is not a lighthearted, funny read about women experiencing love and finding themselves. The stories cover a range of topics but all are pretty dark and cynical. It's obvious that the author is a talented writer and when taken individually, I actually enjoyed most of the stories. I appreciate reading about darker topics and don't feel stories necessarily need to be wrapped up tidily with a bow. However, as a col As others have mentioned, the cover and blurb on the back are rather misleading. This is not a lighthearted, funny read about women experiencing love and finding themselves. The stories cover a range of topics but all are pretty dark and cynical. It's obvious that the author is a talented writer and when taken individually, I actually enjoyed most of the stories. I appreciate reading about darker topics and don't feel stories necessarily need to be wrapped up tidily with a bow. However, as a collection, I found the stories to be quite depressing because they all have the same dreary tone and outlook. I also felt like the female protagonists were all pretty passive, just letting a melancholy life pass them by. I wish there was more variety in the stories and would have appreciated some strong female characters asserting control over their own destinies.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Love Like That is described as “A sharp, witty collection of stories about brilliant, broken women that are just the right amount wrong.” It’s definitely the perfect way to describe this group of short stories. There’s something extra dark in each story, a brutal honesty, a sharpness, even a gasp. The women have all been through heartbreak in different ways. The choices they make are not perfect. Emma Duffy-Comparone is a skilled and precise writer who brings these vividly drawn and flawed charac Love Like That is described as “A sharp, witty collection of stories about brilliant, broken women that are just the right amount wrong.” It’s definitely the perfect way to describe this group of short stories. There’s something extra dark in each story, a brutal honesty, a sharpness, even a gasp. The women have all been through heartbreak in different ways. The choices they make are not perfect. Emma Duffy-Comparone is a skilled and precise writer who brings these vividly drawn and flawed characters to life. The endings are loose and left to interpretation, which I happen to love because I have the freedom to dream up my own closure and hopes for the characters. Overall, I found the stories dark, emotional, powerful, and raw. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

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