Review: Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre

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☆➹⁀☆☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What it’s about:

Chloe Madison. That’s me. A former NYU princess who just fell from grace, right off my pampered Manhattan throne and onto the unforgiving steps of Nicole Brantley, socialite and queen bitch. Now, I walk her dog and mix her smoothies. Try to navigate my own problems while fixing all of hers.

I want what every New York girl wants. A career, an apartment, and true love, preferably in a smoking hot package.

It turns out I’ll have to fight for all of it.

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Review:

I adored Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre. It’s an uplifting contemporary romance with a smattering of humor. I loved that each chapter started with one of Chloe’s Instagram posts. Each one has something to do with what is happening in the chapter. The photos were a personal touch that made Chloe feel like a friend. It was tempting to try to “like” the Instagram posts!

Love, Chloe is filled with dynamic characters, each of whom enrich the story:

Chloe has fallen from grace, and instead of wallowing in self-pity and returning to a bad ex-boyfriend just for his financial security, she attacks her problems head on. She grows from a snobbish, indulgent girl to a very likable, grounded woman. I loved her transformation

Vic is the philandering ex-boyfriend who probably sees winning Chloe back as a challenge. Aside from his money, I cannot imagine why she ever put up with him! Maybe it’s a reflection of her relationship role models: her parents.

Speaking of the parents…what losers! They’re part of a Madoff-like Ponzie scheme and their unscrupulous business dealings have left Chloe destitute. Mom and dad are completely incapable of parenting beyond providing a black AmEx.

Carter is the swoon-worthy “super” of Chloe’s apartment building. He’s a nice, blue-collar guy with some very opinionated parents.

Joey—movie star with a big ego. Didn’t like him much at the start, but he redeems himself by the end of the book.

Cammie and Benta are college friends chosen for superficial reasons but they remain loyal to Chloe even after her financial ruin. I appreciated their loyalty, but a couple pot-calling-kettle-black comments made the hair rise on my neck.

Hannah is a new friend from the movie studio. I really liked her; she is efficient, helpful and doesn’t ask for anything in return. The sort of friend everyone needs in a new job setting.

Nicole Brantley is a self-centered, entitled socialite. She is a mirror in which Chloe sees her former self in all its ugliness as well as Chloe’s inspiration for how NOT to behave.

Clarke Brantley is handsome, patient, loyal; he is an excellent male role model for Chloe.

Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre is extremely engaging. I enjoyed seeing NYC and its inhabitants through Chloe’s eyes. Torre’s writing style made me feel like I was a part of Chloe’s story.   This is a great “pick yourself up” story that is told in first person narrative. I enjoyed the starting-over-again premise.

Chloe has a lot of “Murphy’s Law” moments, some are slightly humorous, some were heartbreaking, and the self-created problems were aggravating. It felt like Chloe could not get a break regardless of how diligently she worked and planned. My heart went out to her with every hurdle, but with each problem, Chloe gets closer to the realization that her former entitled life didn’t provide much of what she really needs. While Chloe is paying penance for her parents’ sins, she is also embarking on a year-long transformation into the woman she would like to be. Her eventual epiphany leads her to something money can’t buy: self-worth and love.

 

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