Love May Fail by Matthew Quick | A book review
Happy Monday everyone! For today’s post I reviewed Love May Fail by Matthew Quick.
I had some trouble with reading the past month. Mostly because I was watching Glee and every night I rather watched that than choose to read. Now that I’ve finished all six seasons (and loved it!), I’m back at it.
So I took a while finishing Love May Fail. Mostly because of Glee, but also because the story didn’t get to me too much. But before I dive into that, here’s the synopsis: Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself transported back to South Jersey, where things remain largely unchanged from her unhappy childhood. In need of saving herself, she sets out to find and resurrect a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a horrific scandal. Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia’s chances in this bid for renewed hope in the human race?
My thoughts on Love May Fail
I had such high hopes for this one, but it failed me.
First of, the characters. The book is divided in four parts and each part, a different character is in the center. First part is Portia.
I disliked Portia. She was whiny, needy and just not fun at all. I felt like she used everybody, to make herself feel good. As the book went on, it didn’t change much. And when the main character is such a downer, the whole book becomes a downer.
Second part was Mr. Vernon, the English teacher. He was very depressed and very troubled, but for all the right reasons. Though he was a little annoying at times (like constantly linking to his favorite writer), I felt so sorry for him. Especially when Annoying Portia came to rescue him and you could just feel the energy draining from him and from the book.
Third part was Mr. Vernon’s mom, who is a nun. You only read her letters, but she is just lovely. I liked that part of the book the most.
Then the last part was Chuck Bass (not to be mistaken with the Gossip Girl-charater!). I felt for him, but I also thought he was blind to the weak parts of Portia. I felt like he was a weak character, but I loved him as an uncle to his badass nephew.
The only relationship in this book that was likable was the one between Chuck and his nephew. All the other ones had some sort of problem that just didn’t seem realistic.
Time also went by fast at times. At first you go day by day, then suddenly there is a few months or a year jump. I like consistency.
There was somewhat of a happy ending, which influences my rating. 2 out of 5 stars ⭐
Have you read this book? How did you like it? What are your criteria to DNF a book?