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One Love by Deanna Cabinian

201801Jan06-OLDCOne Love by Deanna Cabinian
Expected Release: December 01st 2017
Format: Kindle
Publisher: Timpi Publishing
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis:

Long-distance relationships are tough. Thompson should know.
He’s going to college in Hawaii, but Greta’s in Italy.
When he meets Charlotte things get complicated.
Is it Greta he wants to be with?
Or Charlotte?
Will he discover that, despite what he believes, a person can have more than One Love?

One Love, the companion novel to One Night (2016), is a contemporary novel about college, first love, and friendship. Though it is technically a sequel to One Night it can be read as a standalone novel.

A BIG Thank You to NetGalley and Timpi Publishing for providing me a copy of “One Love” by Deanna Cabinian in exchange for my honest review.

Am I the only one who didn’t enjoy reading this book? I am seeing a lot of five star comments out there for “One Love” and I honestly didn’t find it that memorable.

The main problem I had with this book was that I couldn’t get invested in the love story of the main characters. I felt that Thompson doesn’t spend much in-person time with Charlotte or Greta throughout the story, but instead spends more time just reminiscing about Greta and what she is doing, which gets monotonous to read after a while. Almost every chapter involves Thompson thinking about how much he loves Greta and suspecting if she is cheating on him. As a result, I didn’t really care what happened in the end as I just wanted to finish the story for the sake of it.

The pacing is also very slow. Hardly anything interesting happens in the first half. To me, the story picked up only towards the end where Thompson and Ronnie started their journey to Italy. There is also a lot of unwanted information put in the story that has nothing to do with the plot. For instance, why do we need to know about Thompson writing a column about the new printers, or why the Asians need their own dorm in campus? It doesn’t have anything to do with the main story! I guess the author was trying to show how he matures as a person in college with his experiences while trying to maintain his long distance relationship in parallel, but the direction felt really out of place.

Coming to the characters themselves, Thompson and his friends are very lackluster. Ronnie in particular is very irritating. The only characters I actually liked was Charlotte and Kenny, and they were not even in the story that much.

The only part I actually enjoyed was the description that the author provides of Italy. She gives a nice scenic description of all the highlights of the country, and the fun way of experiencing it by foot. I feel like if I ever visit Rome, I would want to tour it exactly the way the characters do in the story. The writing skills of the author in general is commendable. She writes each incident (like what the characters eat and where they go) with interesting details that makes you want to experience it in person.

This is the second book in the “Thompson Lake” series, and I haven’t had the chance to read the first one yet. Perhaps if I had read the predecessor “One Night” first then I would have appreciated this more. However, since this story gives a lot of spoilers to what happens in the first book, I doubt I will be picking “One Night” anytime soon. Overall, “One Love” is a sweet concept, but it failed to impress me.

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