the romantics By Leah Konen ; Reviewed by Melanie Chavez


The romantics is a rom-com about Love, narrated by Love. The main character, Gael, is a hopeless romantic whose life crumbles up as his parents separate and his girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right but she does not anticipate the intrusion of the rebound. Gael falls for the next girl he meets, Cara. Unfortunately this causes him to miss out on a starting relationship with his first true love, Sammy. Throughout the book, Love explains no matter what she does, she cannot force people to do anything. She also points out that there are many types of love and that even one little seemingly insignificant moment in fact have a very important, beautiful purpose.

Characters in this novel have very different but wonderful personalities. Each one of these pictures represents a character in the book. An example is The romantic, which represents Gael, shows that he indeed puts all his effort in every relationship but it will not always work out.

Personal Review

I would recommend this book for any fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowel. I strongly feel like this novel will attract readers from all ages. One of the things I liked about the book was Konen's recognition that every high-schooler thinks their relationship is the one that is going to last forever. So when Gael's relationship is destroyed in the worst possible way, he starts questioning Love and losing his own self-confidence. This book will take you back to the memories of your first love and even your first heartbreak. I also very much appreciated how Love reminded the readers that the end of a relationship is also the beginning of a new one, something Gael himself experiences, when he meets the Rebound. In addition, Konen also achieves to send the message that love is not only present in relationships but in family and friends also. The Romantics is a funny and amusing writing that will take you from tearing up to smiling from ear to ear. This novel is perfect for anyone who needs a positive impact of love and good humor in their life.

What others are saying

“The Romantics is practically perfect in every way, just like love—and Love. My heart is bursting at the seams.” – Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of TTYL and The Infinite Moment of Us
“Yup. That’s what teenage love feels like. From meet cutes and slow burns to heartbreak and divorce, Leah Konen takes a look at love in all its forms and gives it a voice.” – Adi Alsaid, author of Let’s Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes
“Altogether practical, clever, yet hopelessly romantic, this book will make you question whether many of life’s small, seemingly insignificant moments might in fact have one very important, very wonderful purpose.” – Lucy Keating, author of Dreamology
"You could love someone, you could pick the right person, you could give your life to them, and you could. still. get. hurt."― Leah Konen, the romantics

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