You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra ManningYou Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning  took me by surprise. I didn’t just love it, I loved it. It isn’t just gonna make my 2011 favorites shelf – it’ll make the favorites shelf, period.

There are so many wonderful things about the book that I’m not even sure where to start. Basically, the book takes a piece of Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie (another favorite of mine), another of Bridget Jones (especially since the book is set in London)…and then a little something all its own and made a book that I couldn’t put down. I read this 550 page chunkster in one sitting, y’all!

In her recent past, Neve was scary overweight. Like 350+ pounds scary. She has lost a lot of weight and, at the start of the book, is around a size 16. However – it is proving even more difficult for her to see herself differently than it was to lose all those pounds. She still looks in the mirror and sees only saggy/bulgey/gross.

Ever since she was a college gal, her heart has belonged to a guy named William, who is currently in the USA on a 3 year teaching contract. Since she doesn’t have any dating/sexytimes experience, she decides she needs a fake boyfriend to take on a trial run so she’ll be ready for William when he comes home. (Or as she calls it, the first pancake that everyone throws out.) Gorgeous, seemingly-out-of-her-league Max, who works with her sister, ends up becoming the guy through a comedy of errors (really really cringe-worthy and embarrassing errors). Before long, it was hard to see Max as a fake anything (hard for Neve AND hard for me). He is a semi-apologetic man whore, but is otherwise a decent human being.

So, both Max and Neve are very layered and complex characters. Sarra Manning knocked the characterization out of the park; the side characters are also well-developed. This is definitely gonna be one of those books I constantly end up rereading because I’ll want to ‘visit’ the characters.

The plot is also constantly entertaining – Neve and Max together is magic and fireworks. Part of the magic comes from the fact that things aren’t all rosy: they constantly butt heads and have to overcome terribly awkward situations. I promise you – promise you – that you won’t be able to get enough of them.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me hasn’t been published in the USA, but I was able to get it for next to nothing used on Amazon (I’ll link you below). Definitely well worth it. I can’t recommend this book highly enough – I loved absolutely everything about it and plan on reading Sarra Manning’s other adult novel very soon!

Check out You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning on Goodreads / Amazon

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  • Holly August 19, 2011, 12:53 am

    I really enjoyed this book, too. I read it shortly after Unsticky and though different it’s just as good. One of these days maybe I’ll get around to reviewing it. That’s doubtful, but it deserves it.

  • Sabrina August 19, 2011, 2:16 am

    Great review.
    I agree, Sarra Manning creates awesome characters.

    There’s of course book depository to get Manning’s books but hopefully they will get published in the US too.
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  • Julie, A Tale of Many Reviews August 19, 2011, 9:00 am

    I’ve ordered it! You were right, it was stupid cheap!! 😀


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