ARC Review: Five Ways To Fall Out of Love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Five Ways To Fall Out of Love by Emily Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

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Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.

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As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even more ways to fall back in? 

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Five Ways To Fall Out of Love

Compelling relationship quagmire!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💙💜💛💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤

The setting: High School

The Hero(s): Webster – The summer after his parents divorce, he moved in across the street from Aubrey. They spent all their time together and became fast friends, then when she asked him to the homecoming dance he stood her up, never telling her why.
Holland – Webster’s cousin who meets Aubrey at a party at Webster’s house on New Year’s eve in their senior year of high school. Holland attends a rival school, but is extremely attracted to Aubrey and treats her great.

The heroine: Aubrey – grew up in a home where her parents fight non-stop about anything and everything. Aubrey has little faith in everlasting love and sometimes figures why even put yourself through that. She is focused on school and hangs out with her friend Reece.

The Love Story: For the longest time I had not idea where this one was going as Aubrey worked through the relationship issues left with her after growing up with parents that seem to hate each other, seeing her best friend fall in and out of love with different guys all the time and Webster standing her up and turning on her the first time she puts herself out there.

I have to admit I was kinda hoping she would end up with Webster because she seemed to think about him so much. However, it became such a quandary when she started dating and falling for his cousin. I had no clue how things could turn out if she ended up with Webster after his cousin said the “L” word. I began to think this was one of those that would somehow end up being touted as a coming-of-age story and she would end up going off to college alone and focusing on herself.

Also, I really liked Holland. He was hot, nice and sweet. Webster was nice as well, once we get to know him. He was bisexual and I liked how that was dealt with in that he said when he found himself attracted to guys or masc non-binary individuals he started thinking he must be gay, but when he was attracted to girls, he thought maybe he was just confused before, then he finally determined to just love who he loved and not worry about it.

Though the fact that Webster was bisexual was not really an issue in the romance other than the fact that there was some miscommunication between him and Aubrey about how she felt on the issue. The book was more centered on Aubrey’s fears about commitment and how to move forward in a relationship when you are so afraid one of you might someday fall out of love!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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