Summary: Hadley Arrington is the career-driven editor-in-chief of her university’s prestigious newspaper. Jack Diamond is a laidback student whose good looks have made things even easier than they need to be. She’s the girl who came out of nowhere and kissed him in the rain. He’s the boy who made her do something crazy.
When the stakes seem too high, they have to decide if they’ll let their love show or if they’ll walk away for good.
Review: I’ve been struggling to come up with an introduction worthy of its value. But I guess, I have to be contended with what I could only come up with: genuine! Yes, folks, Love Show by Audrey Bell is truly New Adult. The one that truly belongs to the genre. Where it tries to deliver problems and situation of a person in this age. Their future careers. Their friends. Their relationship. This is a rare gem. I absolutely loved what I read and I highly recommend for you to give it at least a try.
Hadley is very determined girl. She doesn’t want to get herself involve with someone because of what she had to grew up with: a broken family in a constant move. She poured her time on her studies and her responsibilities as the Editor-in-Chief of the University’s school newspaper. She took her job seriously because it’s been a long time since a woman handled that job. And she wanted to show that she was truly capable. But her friend, David thought she needed a break. So when one time they went out he dared her to kiss a stranger. And that stranger was Jack Diamond. They were mutually attracted but Hadley’s rule of no dating restricted them from moving further. Although they did things that couples do but with no commitment. But the more they are together the closer they got. But Hadley won’t let him stop her from her dream of being a combat journalist. And Jack doesn’t want to get involve with someone who can potentially break his heart because of her career (like his dad).
At first it was bit slow for me but after a while, I finally got the rhythm. And I really, really enjoyed it. I said before that this book tackled what college kids deals. That’s what I really loved about it. She seemed like a bitter girl because of what has happened to her family but it doesn’t sound so suffocating to me as a reader. She wasn’t majority of the time wallowing about it. But you do feel how it affected her life. She’s a very driven girl. And I really get why she behaved that way.
I absolutely connected with Jack. I understand him. Even though you’re in college and even sometimes after that, you still don’t know what to do. I dreaded graduating before. It’s like the real world is too big and you’re not ready. Question like ‘what am I gonna do now?’ enters the mind. Added to the fact, he had a hard act to follow with a very successful brother. But you know what, he wasn’t bitter, he did acknowledge that some of the things that happened were his fault. And I’m glad how raw and real the portrayal of his character was.
Romance? Tastefully done. They were attracted to each other; which was so different from being in love with the person. And I saw that in their relationship. It took him some time before he dropped the L-word. And of course, she was in denial the whole time until she realized when she was in the war zone with her life hanging on a balance, that she needs to admit her feelings for him before it’s too late.
The side character’s has a story to tell, too. Her best friend, David was involved in an abusive relationship. You know sometimes you love the person but that doesn’t mean he’s the right one for you. And that’s what had happened to him. Sometimes you hit roadblocks but you’ll get pass through it when you’re determined enough to head forward.
I liked how it deals with the ending. Sometimes the decisions we made are not the most ideal but that is what we choose and we need to live with it. We have regrets but when second chance to redeem ourselves occurs we should grab it. So yeah, that what has happened to them. I liked that it’s not fairytale-ish type where they don’t get apart; they need to work with what they have and that’s true in life. So in short, Love Show by Audrey Bell? I loved it!
Preview Quote: “But I fell for the girl with a dangerous job and you fell in love and we both decided we needed to keep these stupid promises we made to ourselves when were kids instead of growing up and realizing, things aren’t that black and white.” – Jack