Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny's life. She's failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her...

Details Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

TitleLove & Other Carnivorous Plants
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

  • Lola
    DNF at 25%. I see no point in reading this book. I already know that it’s not going to teach me something meaningful and I feel as though there is a part missing—the part before and where she is recovering. All we get is the *after* part, making it seem as though the story begun a long time ago and what we get is what the heroine cares to share. Speaking of the heroine, she is the non-stop sarcastic type. At first it was okay, and I even enjo...
  • ellie
    This book features a character so self-destructive that she might as well come with a Danger! Object may combust under extreme stress sticker. Or in other words, it was everything about myself I try to not dwell on. Danny? She dwells. She makes stupid decisions, thinks the worst things, and is an all-around mess. But I think that’s what made her so real.Mental illness makes you think - no, dwell - on the worst parts of yourself. And Danny refle...
  • alice (arctic books)
    is.CaptureI’m so surprised with this novel! I picked LOVE & OTHER CARNIVOROUS PLANTS up on a whim, and I just finished reading this in one sitting. I’m definitely adding Florence Gonsalves to my auto-buy authors.This novel follows Danny, who is a college student at Harvard but is struggling with an eating disorder, body image, her sexuality, and the recent death of a close friend. The plot was very fast-paced and I whipped through the pages f...
  • Corey
    3.5 STARSOh gosh, I have such mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, there's a lot to like. The prose is beautiful, which is especially refreshing in a YA novel, as I often find that the writing in the genre ditches quality sentences in favor of what a lot of authors must see as "voice." Gonsalves sees no need to compromise though; the prose is crystalline and occasionally lyrical, and yet LOVE's protagonist, Danny, sounds exactly like a...
  • Kaylie
    I really loved Danny’s voice in this book. She made me laugh and feel her acute contradictions and the itchy realness of her suffering. She was a wonderful narrator of the show-don’t-tell variety, who fucks up and fucks up and lies to herself and lies to you and makes hyperbolic jokes all along the way.The story itself I didn’t love. Halfway through it takes a sudden sharp turn, and from there wavers along, no longer certain of its destinat...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I received this book through KidLitExchange and Little, Brown Books! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 3/5Genre: YA ContemporaryRecommended Age: 16+ (sex, lgbt+, eating disorders, fixation, self-destructive tendencies. Please be aware there are some possible triggers for those who have eating disorders).Pages: 352Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny's life. She's fa...
  • Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
    3.5 Stars. Okay, it's been a few days since I finished the book. I still stand by my 3.5 rating. The book starts off funny. I loved the sarcasm and dark humor of the main character. Danny is a highly-focused overachiever. She was valedictorian at her high school and is going to Harvard as a premed major. She and her best friend have always had a plan. They would go to college together, get married, become widows, and live the rest of their lives ...
  • Abby
    Okay, so basically I got this book for free. When one gets a book for free that is nothing to sniff at. I almost drop kicked a few children to get my hands on it. Am I happy about that decision? I dunno. Would I do it again? Probably. Anyway, without further adieu, let's get to what I kind of liked about this book and what I absolutely hated.Pros because I like to start positive: has a very real portrayal of eating disorders and mental illness, a...
  • Sierra
    Ahhh, this book. It has my entire heart. The eating disorder rep is unparalleled.
  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    *3.5* If you know me then you know contemporary novels aren't my most favorite thing. I've read many that I've enjoyed and want to read a few but there aren't something I actively reach for or that capture me as much as a good fantasy does. I know though that I would have loved this so much more if I was really into the contemporary genre and might have even given it five stars. With all that being said I still enjoyed this book for the most part...
  • Natalie
    When I got this book from the library, I was prepared to fall head-over-heels in love with it. I had seen someone in the booktube community give it high praise, and I was sure this meant I was going to adore the book. Sadly, this was not the case. Although there was plenty about this book that I enjoyed, it wasn't the five star read I was anticipating. Summary: Danny's life is not going according to plan. She got accepted at Harvard as a pre-med ...
  • Simone
    If you're looking for a sophisticated "adult" read, be prepared. This isn't for adults. The writing and the voice is way more amateur, but as a young adult novel this voice isn't meant for adults. This book in general isn't made for adults because while hitting on some serious adult themes, it's still made for teenagers.The only thing that really irked me about the book was the writing and the voice. However, I also took it with a grain of sand b...
  • Rimpy Toor
    First I'd like to mention that this novel contains mentions of suicide, eating disorders, and depression. Please understand this before deciding to pick this novel up. I wanted to love this novel so badly. I read the synopsis and automatically was intrigued with the plot and the characters we got to follow. Unfortunately, this novel fell a bit flat for me and I really couldn't get into it after the first 100 or so pages. After starting this nov...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Danny and Sara have been best friends forever. Along with being best friends forever comes The Plan. The Plan is to go to college together, fall in love with brothers and raise their kids together. But when Danny is accepted to Harvard, The Plan goes haywire. As she goes to her first year of college, her life catches up to her. After studying pre-med for part of a year, Danny winds up in treatment for an eating disorder where she meets an older g...
  • Tonya Spencer
    (This is my first in-depth book review. Bear with me.)There are a many reasons I didn’t like this book, a few being a) the instalove trope that way too many YA novels have, b) the underdeveloped characters, and c) the random, unnecessary lists in almost every chapter. Love & Other Carnivorous Plants sounds good until you actually dive into it. There’s little to no backstory about how Danny developed her eating disorder. It even goes as far as...
  • Ashley
    “She makes me feel like I’m not myself and more myself at the same time. She devours me in the best way and kills me in the worst way, but I’m happy to be killed by her because she’s heaven too.” I have mixed feelings about this book and writing this review is so difficult. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, because I did like it. I would even recommend reading it, because it talks about a lot of important things; such as eating ...
  • Stephanie
    I randomly picked this up at the library during LGBTQ Pride Month. I enjoyed it, but it just wasn't "my book." There were SO many adult issues going on in this book (thought it was published under Young Adult), and I just didn't relate to any of them. What I did enjoy was the authentic voice and experience that the characters had. They felt like real people, but dealing with things with which I couldn't empathize. In the author's note at the end,...
  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    This was a hard book for me to read. I mean I was blowing through it quite quickly in comparison to other books I’d read recently, but I had to put it down at one point because after tragedy strikes, some things that Danny had seemingly under control, get thrown out the window. It might go without saying that this book could be triggering to some with regard to eating disorder behaviours, binge drinking, and other risky behaviours. Sometimes th...
  • Ferris Knight
    "We separate it, homogenize it, fix it to our liking, right? And the same goes for bulimia, anorexia, depression, anxiety, and what is it now? Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified? Fucking stop it. It's compulsion wearing different coloured riding hoods. It's dis-ease, disease, destruction. I wish you'd leave me alone in mine."Trigger warnings for eating disorders, drugs and griefIn some ways I felt like this book was exactly what I needed. A...
  • Kadie Hayward Mullins
    @kidlitexchange #partnerTrigger Warning: This book explores a number of potentially triggering topics including addiction, suicide, eating disorders, and death. When you’re used to being the best, how do you cope with being perfectly mediocre? Danny finds she doesn’t cope particularly well during her freshman year at Harvard. The story picks up as she is leaving a rehabilitation facility for an eating disorder and explores the complicated dyn...
  • Emily Reed
    Love and Other Carnivorous Plants is the story of a girl named Danny. Danny had a bright future ahead of her as she finished her first year at Harvard. She had it all, the dream school, a supportive family, and her best friend of fourteen years, Sara, waiting for her at home. At least that’s what she told people. Danny had a secret that threw off everything, or should I say threw up everything? Danny’s life soon became anything but bright. Da...
  • Melissa Orth
    I got this book as an ARC at the Public Libraries Conference after asking the publisher for titles featuring gay characters with sex positive messages. This delivers on that part. I’d give this teen drama 3.5 Stars. On one hand, Gonsalves perfectly captured the inner turmoil that the main character would feel after leaving a prestigious college and having spent a stint in a rehabilitation center for eating disorders. Danny’s anxiety over whet...
  • Vanessa Jimenez
    I don’t even know how I feel about this novel. I thought it was going to be completely different but it turned out to be something else. Danny is someone I somewhat know, because I was Danny. In some ways, I am still her. I struggle with food and body image and depression. and any little thing in my life that I can’t control, triggers it all. I like the fact that there is a WLW romance in this novel, but it wasn’t enough to make me love t...
  • Tiah
    So I have been pushing off this review because didn't know how to fully and accurately put all my thoughts and feelings into a full review. I'm going to make this review short because that's all this book needs. THIS BOOK. This book was not only amazing, but a new favourite, it was so real and raw.I felt this book. I felt all the emotions. I felt all the feelings. These characters felt when people around them were struggling. This book gave me a ...
  • Lauren
    4.5 stars Love and Other Carnivorous Plants is a humorous and witty yet deep reaching novel that focuses on mental illness, addiction, and sexual identity. Danny is an extremely flawed and often delusional character, but as someone who has personal experience with both addiction and mental illness, I really connected with her perspective on both. Having a mental illness or loving someone with an addiction can be very confusing to navigate and can...
  • Adam Howell
    Love & Other Carnivorous Plants is a story about a girl named Danny who has come home from Havard after dropping out of the semester due to a eating disorder that she was sent to by her parent. She doesn't want to tell her best friend Sara so she keeps it a secret. While in the treatment facility she meets this girl a few years older than her named Bugg who she begins dating and realizes she likes girls but wants to keep it on the Down Low. There...
  • Zoe
    This is a book that's going to stick with me for a while. Danny is a 19-year-old pre-med student who may or may not return to Harvard after a disastrous first year that ended at St. Johns, a rehab treatment facility where she attempted to recover from her eating disorder--and where she met free-spirited Bugg, who introduces her to poetry and creative writing. The plot is not tight, but the voice is strong, and I liked that it was a little messy a...
  • Andrijana
    I am so thrilled to see a novel representing eating disorders not credited enough in YA fiction (EDNOS, orthorexia, BED, bulimia). Although many may not appreciate the way Danny's character dealt with her problems and her poor coping mechanisms, I thought this made her evermore a relatable, real character and rung true with the reality of life. She's not perfect, she may not share the most admirable personal views, and that's what makes her so ra...