In book review

REVIEW: Get a Life, Chloe Brown



Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Genre(s):  Romance, Adult
Release: November 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭/5

Romance books, oh romance books, how I love you so! Expected to love this book, ended up loving this book, now off to read the entirety of Talia Hibbert's backlist... bye. No, really. If you see me screaming about this on twitter, please remember I'm fine.

We follow Chloe Brown, a fat black woman with fibromyalgia, who just wants to get a life. Chloe has lived her life in the confines of her safe bubble, so when she has an almost-death experience in the form of a car-crash, she decides to make a bucket list. Enter superintendent/artist Redford "Red" Morgan, who is tasked with the delightful job of helping Chloe "find her life." After helping her rescue a cat from a tree, the two of them don't hit it off immediately. But, when they discover more about each other's pasts, there might be no turning back for them.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown is pitched alongside works of some of my absolute favorite romance authors (Sally Thorne, Helen Hoang), so this was an auto-read for me. But it remained a question if this would actually fulfill my high expectations. I am pleased to say, Get a Life, Chloe Brown more than fullfilled them. 

Talia Hibbert's writing is definitely like Sally Thorne's. It's quick, flows nicely, and so incredibly funny. The amount of times I had to put this book down to have a good laugh is more than I can count at this point. Chloe's POV, especially, has an intensely relatable and funny quality to it. I don't think I've fallen in love with a rom-com like this ever since I read Red White and Royal Blue earlier this year.  Also, the representation in this book is own voices, which shows through the writing.

The development of the main relationship, then, was my absolute favorite. Red and Chloe go from dislike, to attraction to love. The way both of them uncovered each other's secrets and pasts was so incredibly heart-felt. Aside from these warm moments, Hibbert also touches on subjects such as the consequences of domestic abuse. The two character go through pretty monumental development, and it's so incredibly well done. I'm not a lover of dark romances, hence why I read mostly rom-coms, and Red's respect and care for Chloe was so apparent in this novel. This was pure love in book form.

If you've made it this far through me gushing about this (a little bit clichéd, but very heart-warming) rom-com, I have but one message for you: READ THIS ABSOLUTE JOY OF A BOOK.

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