In this wry and hilarious queer romantic comedy, fifteen-year-old Phoebe realizes that falling in love is maybe not just for losers.
Did you know you can marry yourself? How strange / brilliant is that?
Fifteen-year-old Phoebe thinks falling in love is vile and degrading, and vows never to do it. Then, due to circumstances not entirely in her control, she finds herself volunteering at a local thrift shop. There she meets Emma… who might unwittingly upend her whole theory on life.
This is a laugh-out-loud exploration of sexuality, family, female friendship, grief, and community. With the heart and hilarity of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed Sex Education, Wibke Brueggemann’s sex positive debut is required reading for Generation Z teens. Think of this as Bridget Jones’ Diary, if it were written by Bridget’s daughter.
The diary style format of this book, combined with Phoebe’s sarcastic humour, worked well for me, and I found myself enjoying it more than I thought I would.
I really liked Kate (and the cats!) and her presence in Phoebe’s life, that was lovely. Much like Phoebe though, I did sort of want to yell at her mum.
Phoebe isn’t always a likeable main character – the way she keeps people at a distance translated through the pages for me. But that said, I loved her friendship with Alex (from sort of bumbling, awkward and a little rude to proper friends) and the way she really was just unsure of everything.
I found her crush on Emma sort of obvious, but still sort of adorable. Plus the ending made me having feelings (ugh!!) because it was all cute.
I also loved all the little side plots around the charity shop – especially find of the week, that sounded so fun 🙂
Buy Love is for Losers from Amazon UK.