Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking for the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off on a quest to save the one man who always believed in her—and in all of his students: her beloved high school English teacher, Mr. Vernon, who has retired broken and alone after a traumatic classroom incident.
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metalhead little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia’s chances on this quest to resurrect a good man and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
I really loved this book though I can say that I have never read anything like it before. What I really enjoy about Matthew Quick`s work is his truly unique voice and the unexpected stories he tells. And this story was no less unique that his previous work but it also had its own clearly developed characters and plot line.
The wacky cast of characters is an unbelievable mix of people and if you are a fan of the TV show Shameless, this book would probably be right up your alley with this absolute crew of misfits. And I mean that term in the nicest possible way as the characters are the people who will never just `fit in`and most definitely dance to the beat of a different drummer.
The story was completely unexpected and unpredictable the entire way through which is probably one of the reasons that I loved it so much. There is nothing typical about anything that happened, which is often the best type of tale to be told in my opinion. Even if I thought I might be able to anticipate something coming up, I could never quite anticipate exactly what which kept me extremely interested and racing through the book to find out more.
I adore this author`s strong sense of self and how he feels that those who aren`t like everyone else deserve to be heard and that these stories are important. He addresses many social issues as well as insecurities that some of us may relate to but in a highly entertaining way and I am already longing for his next oeuvre!
Thank you to Harper for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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