3 out of 4 stars
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People say that we are all fools when it comes to love. We make dumb decisions when we fall really hard for a person and continue to chase after them despite it being clear that they have no real interest in us whatsoever. This does not apply to everyone, of course, but this concept is what I deem slightly similar in the case of the main character in “The Love Fool”.
Lorenzo Petruzziello’s “The Love Fool” is a story set in Rome revolving around a publicist named Alex Corso. Having recently moved to Italy because of a job opportunity, Alex receives his first client Pernille Bjørn, a beautiful Danish chef with a great, lively personality. However, Alex soon has his life turned upside-down by the appearance of Emily, a girl in his past whom he hadn’t heard from in almost a decade.
What I liked about the book was that the author did a good job with his descriptions. I felt like I could visualize Italy itself from his writing and I could also imagine what the characters were doing in a certain scene as well as their facial expressions. Alex's job was especially interesting to me and I liked it because he was always looking out for Pernille like a protective brother. He didn't treat her like she was a part of his work and I appreciated that.
On the other hand, I can’t say much about the implied comedic scenes that were written in the book. Perhaps it’s because I’m a person who doesn’t laugh so easily, but I could only mostly feel frustration and disappointment when I read through the story, especially the part when Emily arrived. Even though it’s implied by the title itself, I did not like how Alex acted every time he was with Emily. The latter’s personality in particular was keeping me on edge the whole time because I kept on doubting her intentions.
All in all, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Despite some monotonous parts in the book that I came across along with a few errors and typos, I truly enjoyed the story since it kept me engaged until the end. I also have to mention how I was caught off-guard by the ending. I still can't believe that that kind of twist even happened! I really didn't even see it coming! Remembering the chaotic scene near the end still makes me feel incredulous and amused at the same time.
Regarding recommendations, I think this book is perfect for those who prefer a good story that they can get sucked into. On the other hand, this wouldn't be particularly immersing for those who prefer heavy drama.
The Love Fool
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