Almost Love by Louise O'Neill

Almost Love

If it doesn't hurt, it's not love: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of Asking for It. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult.When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.So it doesn't matter that he's twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she's sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.Sarah's friends are worried. Her father can't understand how she could allow hers...

Details Almost Love

TitleAlmost Love
Release DateMar 1st, 2018
GenreContemporary, Fiction, Adult, Feminism

Reviews Almost Love

  • Kai
    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!"Love was holding your breath until they texted you. Love was waiting for them to decide that you're good enough."Almost Love is a tough book because Sarah is a tough main character. Don't be fooled into believing that this is a romance novel. It is not, even if the title suggests otherwise. It's a book about obsessive love, unrequited love, fading love.You won't like Sarah, the main character. You're not supposed to. You're n...
  • Emer
    I'm utterly floored by this book. If you haven't read anything by Louise O'Neill yet then you really need to rectify that right now. In Asking For It she wrote a phenomenal story exploring the topic of rape culture and consent. In Only Ever Yours she focused on equality of the sexes. And now in Almost Love she writes about sexual politics within a relationship. This book's portrayal of a young woman that somehow loses herself to a toxic obsessive...
  • Emma
    This is such a difficult book to like. While there are truths about the role of women in society and in relationships, it's undermined by the fact that the protagonist is an arsehole. Sarah falls for an older man who treats her as nothing more than a means of sexual gratification and who everyone but her knows will never love her.. fair enough, we all make mistakes. But the author's examination of Sarah's obsessive 'love' of this man and the expl...
  • Elaine Mullane
    4 - 4.5 starsLouise O'Neill is doing something incredible for women's fiction. Her subject matter is current, her setting is familiar, her female characters are real (not very likable but, wow, can we relate to them) and she is pushing boundaries when it comes to language. O'Neill gets it. She just gets it.I am a big fan of O'Neill's work, I feel I need to start by saying. Only Ever Yours was masterfully evoked and was such a powerful depiction o...
  • Trish at Between My Lines
    I squirmed my way uncomfortably through this book. It was too authentic and held a mirror up to parts of my life that I’d rather not remember. Anyone who has ever held on too long to a dead in the water and/or toxic relationship will know what I mean.I hated the main character, mostly because her pain flowed like toxins in to all her relationships. But I totally got her. Big thumbs up, but don’t go in expecting a romance to swoon over. Instea...
  • Aoife
    4.5 stars When Sarah is 24 years old, she meets a man who is almost 20 years her senior but it doesn't stop her from falling for him - despite the way he treats her. As Sarah falls deeper into the toxic relationship, she begins to lose control over other parts of her life.This was an addicting read that I couldn't put it down, I read it in day - I absolutely flew through it. Just like her other books, Louise O'Neill has showed a power to see in t...
  • Michael
    I am going to start with a confession that I have not read either of O'Neill's previous novel's. But with not one but two books of hers being released recently I thought I would check them out. Focussing mainly on that old chestnut called love it is clear this not your run of the mill romance with the results of obsession being the main theme.Sarah has a lot of good happening in her life with a loving father, friends, and a job she enjoys teachin...
  • Pip
    Very mixed feelings on this one.Louise is so GREAT at putting you in the main character's shoes and helping you understand their mindset and thought process. Super believable. Brill. BRAVO LOUISEHowever, the degree of horridness and nastiness that these characters displayed was OVERWHELMING. For me, at least. I know there was a point to this, but I struggle so much to get past it when I literally want to push my hands through the pages and point ...
  • Ylenia
    It's hard to keep up with new releases and it was only a couple of weeks ago when I found out one of my favorite authors had another book coming out this year. Almost Love follows Sarah THEN and NOW: then, when she fell in love with Matthew, an asshole twenty years older than her - who only wanted sex from her and treated her like garbage; and now, when she's treating her current boyfriend like crap because she's unhappy with her life.This book w...
  • Roman Clodia
    Well, that was disappointing from the usually wondrous O'Neill - partly because the book itself doesn't bear much relation to the publisher blurb. Yes, there is what we might vaguely call an 'affair', though it's really just a series of hook-ups between Matthew, a smug, super-rich, older man and the protagonist, Sarah. Both characters are unpleasant: Matthew is pretty obnoxious, Sarah is a narcissist who is selfish and self-deluding. She's ashame...
  • Rachel
    I recall to this day a very involved debate I had with someone about Elena Ferrante's Neopolitian quartet. This person loved them and I hated them. It transpired that my reason for hating them was rooted very much in my need, as a person and from life experience, to have redemption in my fiction. The books that shaped my childhood were all of the sort that 'have a moral in 'em', like Little Women and Anne of Green Gables and Narnia, so I develope...
  • Gabriela Pop
    Louise O'Neill truly never fails to amaze me.I must admit that,for once,I was little worried going into one of her books simply because the core theme of a young woman infatuated with an older man who couldn't really give less of a toss about her could go wrong very easily.That being said,I think Louise did a spectacular job walking that very fine line.There were things that I expected in this book and that played a large part in my high expectat...
  • Isabelle Broom
    Louise O'Neill continues to astound me with her raw, honest, brilliant, talent. This novel is an absolute triumph! Full review to follow upon publication in March.
  • Wilde Reads
    3.5 ⭐ I although I enjoyed this first read from Louise O'Neil It didn't quite do enough to hand it four stars. I did find the main character Sarah a bit vapid and frustrating at times. Overall though a good story and well written. 3.5 ⭐️ I although I enjoyed this first read from Louise O'Neil It didn't quite do enough to hand it four stars. I did find the main character Sarah a bit vapid and frustrating at times. Overall though a good sto...
  • SissiReads
    Oh my goodness, this book is good. The scariest thing about it all is how much I can relate to the main character Sarah; how much she resonates with me. It makes me think about a past relationship and how terrifying it is to see it again through a fiction, a book; how terrifying is to see how commonly we all make this type of mistake, we all have to have our heart broken this way in order to learn and move on to better things that we deserve in o...
  • Chloe
    5/5 stars."All I ever wanted was for him to say that I was enough. If he said it, maybe I could believe that it was actually true."Louise O'Neill became my favourite author after I read her first two books, Asking For It and Only Ever Yours, which both succeeded in making me cry and think a lot after finishing them. Therefore, obviously, when I heard she was releasing a brand new book, and an adult one this time, you can bet that I pre-ordered it...
  • Ben Babcock
    I have been a diehard fan of Louise O’Neill since I read Asking for It , and I pre-ordered Almost Love when I learned of its existence. O’Neill combines an unflinching feminist philosophy with an unfettered talent for storytelling, and her latest novel is no exception. Equal parts amusing, scathing, and surprising, Almost Love presents us with the paradoxes of making and breaking relationships and the ways in which we make and break ourselve...
  • Kirsty
    Not for me. I was bored throughout and didn't understand the point of the story. The main character was vapid and dull.
  • Patricia Crowther
    “Love was holding your breath until they texted you. Love was waiting for them to decide that you’re good enough.”A painfully realistic reflection of how relationships and feelings change over time, how past relationships can impact on current ones and how self destructive one can be because of bad relationships.I actually found certain parts hauntingly familiar and poignant. I saw elements of myself and past experiences in Sarah and her ci...
  • Amy
    On its face, Almost Love is a story about a woman’s affair with an older man: how it started, progressed, and affected all of the facets of her life, both during and after. However, when I finished the book I felt as though, overall, this is just about a very unhappy woman.Primarily, I found Almost Love utterly disappointing. But if there is a positive I can draw from reading it, it would be that the writing is good. This might seem a little pe...
  • Nina
    I would have preferred a stronger female lead to teach us about obsessive relationships, feminism, misogyny and heartbreak. Sarah was so selfish it was difficult to feel any sympathy for her.
  • Jeanniehay64
    Almost love is a love story with a difference. Sarah the main character is 24 when she meets a powerful man almost 20 years older than her. Although he treats her badly she is obsessed with him and gaining his love and approval. The toxic relationship spills over into her life and helps destroy other relationships and Sarah’s happiness along the way. Her questioning of is she good enough? does she deserve love? and her inability to identify gen...
  • Jenna Morrison
    As ever, a brilliant yet bleak story from the wonderful Louise O’Neill. This is her first adult novel, and she has done a fantastic job of describing unhealthy, toxic relationships that many people can relate to.You won’t like the characters, but in this type of story you aren’t supposed to. The physical and psychological abuse carried out throughout is the type that many are victim to without fully realising it is not ok and not a normal r...
  • Anne
    There is an urgency to Louise O'Neill's writing that makes her books compulsive reading. But it's a compulsion akin to binging on addictive foods - you feel a bit ill afterwards. I think that Louise O'Neill still has a lot of growing to do as a writer and her fame for being a contemporary and accessible 'feminist' writer has galloped ahead of her writing craft. This is O'Neill's first foray into the adult book market and it sees her awkwardly str...
  • Laura Tisdall
    Like O'Neill's Only Ever Yours, a book that left me dissatisfied and frustrated, and yet with much to think about. Difficult to rate, but three and a half stars - full review coming soon.Full review: Louise O'Neill's debut novel, Only Ever Yours, deliberately depicted a larger-than-life brutality, magnifying the misogyny of a dystopian future society in order to say important things about the experience of being a teenage girl in our world. On th...
  • Latkins
    This novel, set in Ireland, follows two time lines ('Now' and 'Then') in the life of Sarah, an art teacher in Dublin who originally comes from a small town in the countryside. In the 'Now' strand, written in the third person, she's living with Oisin, the wealthy son of a feminist artist and a black English Booker Prize winning author. But their relationship is failing as, back in the 'Then' strand, which is written in the first person, she was co...
  • Breige
    I found the blurb for this to be misleading. I was expecting an all encompassing obsessive love, one where Matthew as the older man is manipulative and isolates Sarah, moulding her into want he wants and making her want to please him no matter what. Instead what I got was a story that alternates between THEN and NOW. In the current story line, Sarah has been with her boyfriend Oisin for almost 2 years yet her affair with Matthew is still affectin...
  • gem
    I love as really unsure how to rate this as I felt so confused after reading it. It wasn’t until hours later and after speaking to my friends that my feelings about it cleared up.I love Louise’s writing, she always gets to the heart of the matter in a very unflinching and raw way, and in Almost Love this is done in such a way that Sarah felt completely real to me.In all honesty I absolutely HATED Sarah! She was so frustrating; she was needy, ...
  • Diem
    I reached the 300th page, and then the tears burst and I couldn’t stop crying. I am absolutely stunned whenever I finish reading something Louise O’Neill has written – from her articles in the Irish Examiner to her novels. Sarah is frustrating to be with. I had to keep putting the book down because I was pulling my hair in madness. But I see the ugly parts of me in Sarah. And the ugly parts of my friends in Sarah. We’ve all been Sarah one...