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Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake: Guest Post and Giveaway!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Suffer Love
by Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Rate: 4 Stars

Hadley St. Clair's life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.

Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably "feels like home" to Hadley. Hadley and Sam's connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.

Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.


Top 10 Reasons For Buying this Book

10. Shakespeare. Suffer Love has a lot of Shakespeare references—even the title comes from Much Ado About Nothing—so if you enjoy the Bard, I think you’ll enjoy at least some parts of the book. Fun fact: My editor pitched the book as a Romeo and Juliet retelling, which it very loosely is—families at odds, star-crossed lovers. However, when I was writing the book, that was not in my head at all. It just sort of…came out. J

9. Ajay. Sam, one of the main characters in Suffer Love, has a loveable best friend named Ajay. I’ve been told numerous times that he is a favorite character and he is pretty darn delightful, if I do say so myself.

8. Teacup pigs. Enough said.

7. Sibling camaraderie: Sam’s little sister, Livy, is another favorite character, and I absolutely love their relationship.

6. Baker-Athlete Boys: I mean, if that alone doesn’t intrigue you, I’m not sure what else there is to say. J

5. Cupcake Wars: See above.

4. Acceptance. Acceptance is a huge theme in Suffer Love and a pretty huge theme in life in general. The book explores this a lot and I think it’s something that’s relevant to everyone, because there’s no way to anticipate everything that happens in one’s life. Eventually, something is going to knock you on your ass and acceptance is hard, but, ultimately, necessary.

3. Kissing.

2. Dual POV: If you like getting both sides of the story, Suffer Love does just that. I really enjoyed writing both Sam and  Hadley’s perspectives and I think I succeeded in giving them both distinct voices.

1. Forgiveness. Ultimately, Suffer Love is about forgiveness. And forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting. Sometmes, it doesn’t even mean that you’re not still angry. It means many things and takes many different forms and is greatly tied to acceptance. And that, in a nutshell, is the driving force behind Suffer Love. 

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Ashley Herring Blake is a poet, teacher, and YA novelist. Her debut novel, SUFFER LOVE, follows two teens as they attempt to wade through an intense relationship complicated by their parents' infidelities. Ashley lives in Nashville, TN.


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