HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A BOOK ~ Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Review

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)TITLE: Get a Life, Chloe Brown #1
AUTHOR: Talia Hibbert

RELEASED: November 5, 2019
PUBLISHER: Avon Books
FORMAT: eBook

GENRE: Adult Romance
GOODREADS RATING: 3.85

TRIGGERS: Mention of past abusive relationship
REPS: Plus-sized, chronic illness (fibromyalgia, chronic pain), POC

SYNOPSIS
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

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I knew I was going to love this book. I did. What I didn’t know what how utterly in love I’d be at the end of it. Not only with the characters, but with the overall story, with the writing. And.. let’s just start the gushing, okay?

The good

I cannot get over how amazing this book was – I seriously can’t. The representation Chloe’s character gives us – a black, plus-sized woman with fibromyalgia – and Red – a tattooed man with an abusive past – was.. brilliantly and sensitively done. I already knew Talia is applauded for writing amazing diverse rep, but this book proved it to me. It’s only my second one of hers I picked up, but I know, I know, it won’t be the last. [And, to add to this: by now I’ve read another one of her books!]

Most people had trouble accepting the fact that Chloe was ill. Fibromyalgia and chronic pain were invisible afflictions, so they were easy to dismiss.

Apart from the representation, the story itself was freaking amazing as well. Ofcourse, the characters had a huge role in that. They were so fleshed-out that I felt they could easily be real. I got to know them, really know them and it was a beautiful ride too.
I connected with both Chloe and Red on levels I don’t come across all that much in books. The way they think and actually act as they are – no making things easier by letting them do stuff out of character – was.. perfect? Not only that but simply their beings. The pureness, the honesty, the consideration, the understanding.. It’s hard to put into words how brilliantly done all of this was. I easily felt like these two characters could be real people.

It wasn’t attraction, exactly, couldn’t be, because Red had only ever been attracted to women he actually liked.

The flow of the events in this story is magical. Yes. Magical. I flew through this book because everything happened in a perfect time frame. Nothing was rushed or was done too slow. It’s got that magical pace that holds your attention and doesn’t let go. So, let’s add how I read through it in less than 24 hours. There. That’s all you have to know. [Kidding, I have more gushing to do.]

Like being unwell was a crime or a scam or a self-indulgence.

So many recognizable things, not only in Chloe but also in Red. I’ve always struggled with my weight and seeing a plus-sized character but her weight never being used as.. something ‘bad’.. Skies, it was so good to see that. So good. Besides that, there’s also the way she protects herself – with a lot of sarcasm and snark. Hi, me.
As for Red? The thought spirals he tends to go through are pretty familiar as well. Although I was never in an abusive relationship on love-level, I did have an abusive relationship with my father and.. seeing the spirals I went through, and occasionally still go through, on page and.. well.. It struck a chord.

And, to put a little cherry on top.. The wholesome-ness, the consideration and.. the overall presence of romantic and sexual tension was something I felt myself living for. I couldn’t get enough of these characters and, honestly, I hope you’ll pick it up and come to the same conclusion.

five stars
This is a story about two characters who feel so, so real, who struggle with things a lot of us struggled with in our lives. Talia succeeded at captivating their personalities geniously and gave them a story more than worthy of your time.

Please, tell me, after reading my review, do you feel like you’d pick this up?
What are some other books you felt were done brilliantly character-wise?

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I cannot get over how amazing this book was – I seriously can’t. The representation Chloe’s character presents – a black, plus-sized woman with fibromyalgia – and Red – a tattooed man with an abusive past – was.. brilliantly and sensitively done. I already knew Talia is applauded for writing amazing diverse rep, but this book proved it to me. It’s only my second one of hers I picked up, but I know, I know, it won’t be the last.

Apart from the representation, the story itself was freaking amazing too. Ofcourse, the characters had a huge role in that. They were so fleshed-out that I felt they could easily be real. I got to know them, really know them and it was a beautiful ride too.
I connected with both Chloe and Red on levels I don’t come across all that much in books.

The flow of the events in this story

Writing – read through it in less than 24 hours.

So many recognizable things, not only in Chloe but also in Red.

Nothing bad

4 thoughts on “HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A BOOK ~ Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

  1. I loved this book when I read it earlier this year! I thought it was so well done. I was specifically impressed with the chronic illness rep. I’ve seen that handled so poorly in so many books, that seeing addressed in such a forthright, and nuanced manner was so refreshing!

    This book was my first introduction to Talia Hibbert, but I have an e-arc of Take a Hint, Dani Brown that I just started, and I’m so excited! I hope I love it even more than Get a Life, Chloe Brown somehow!

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  2. I’m trying to dedicate a chunk of June to contemporary and romances and this seems like the perfect book for that. Immediately purchased from Amazon.

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