Not Your Basic Love Story

- Lindsay Maple

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Stubbornly independent Becky isn’t looking for love, but when sparks fly on a flight to Mexico she learns her carefully planned life might be the opposite of what she needs. What begins as a fun vacation fling with a tall, sexy stranger turns into so much more. The problem? Dev and Becky couldn’t be more different. Back home in Vancouver, Canada, their relationship grows, and their two worlds collide.

Can a roommate-hating city girl with a diet of chicken nuggets and cheap wine make it work with a vegetarian, non-drinking, Sikh man who lives with his rambunctious multigenerational family in the suburbs?

As Becky navigates her way through a culture she knows nothing about, she is faced with one of the most important decisions of her life: change her plans for how she’d imagined her happily-ever-after, or walk away from love.


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Rising Action for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

meh, nothing special:
Despite the title, Not Your Basic Love Story is a pretty basic love story.

Rebecca’s attitude is pretty annoying for most of this; very ‘not like other girls‘ with an inconsistent feminist attitude. She likes to claim loudly she’s a feminist to others but seems very concerned about not being married at the age of 29. Her motives are tied up in her friends getting married and having children, and you never see her actual goals or desires.

I didn’t appreciate the assumption that Fight Club is an obscure reference that girls wouldn’t get – are there really people in the world that haven’t heard of Fight Club? We’re back into ‘not like other girls‘ territory – especially when Rebecca mentions not bringing up her chick flicks for fear of what Dev thinks. She does this a lot, claims one thing to Dev and then thinks about how she’ll tell him the whole truth later. Not to mention, I made it to 7% and was already annoyed at how often Rebecca gets caught up in her thoughts, ignoring the people around her she’s actively interacting with.

Even without all the instalove and misunderstanding tropes, I doubt I would’ve loved Not Your Basic Love Story… Nothing is ever fully addressed, and a lot of big issues are swept under the rug.
Not to mention, the whole ‘solution’ is something that could have easily been dealt with earlier if any of the characters were actually open or honest, making the whole central conflict feel shallow.
I liked parts of this book, but there weren’t enough of them, and they weren’t good enough, to overcome a lot of huge issues.

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