A Love Catastrophe, a review by Shelley

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A LOVE CATASTROPHE
Helena Hunting

Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
384 Pages
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This is my first book by this author and I have three words for this review “A Book Catastrophe”…obviously, I was not impressed. This is supposed to be an adult, a woman who runs a cat-sitting company and the social media around it. She uses words like bingo button to describe her clitoris and called sex her vagina hugging his penis…just no. She runs around spewing cat puns and wears leopard print clothes and accessories. I get it, she likes cats. My son and his wife have four cats, they like cats a lot yet neither wears cat clothing, carries cat purses or vomits cat puns. Her name is Kitty the Cat Whisperer and she has a best friend Named Kat who owns the Cat Cafe, I could go on but what would be the point? This book was terribly kitschy and not in a good way, two or three of these things lightly sprinkled throughout may have been okay but this was just overkill and cringe worthy.

It felt like the book had a split personality. One minute it was trying to be cute and funny and the next it was throwing in early on-set dementia and family deaths. It was like reading two completely different books, there was no cohesion. Kitty acted way too young as a romantic lead for my liking and there was just too much ick factor. The best way to describe this book is cheesy because it lacked substance. And one thing really grated on me, one of the characters was playing a hockey video game and they described continuing to play it as “getting to the next level”, that’s not how hockey video games work…you can pause the game, finish a period of play or outright complete it, there are no levels. Sheesh.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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