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Many thanks to Swoon Reads / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for providing me with an early copy of No Love Allowed via NetGalley.
After reading so many fantasy stories this year, I have been reading nothing but contemporary books lately. There's something about growing up and finding ourselves all while falling in love that I truly enjoy.

So, as soon as I read the synopsis of No Love Allowed I was immediately drawn to the book, and I couldn't wait to read it! It was the perfect book to add to my collection of favorite contemporaries. No Love Allowed isn't just a romantic story between two people from different backgrounds. It's a story that deals with mental illness, grief, and how powerful love can truly be.

Goodreads Summary // It's all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father's law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he's not ready for and isn't sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there's only one rule: They must not fall in love!

"To her it was like being alone in the ocean, holding a kite string in one hand and an anchor chain in the other and finding the balance so she wouldn't sink."

This book was a surprisingly refreshing read.
Honestly, I went into reading this story thinking it would be another cute romantic story, and all I would feel about this book would be that it was sweet. I was wrong. No Love Allowed found a way to tackle tough issues, too.

I really enjoyed this story. The love story line was a bit predictable, but like I've said before I find that in a lot of contemporaries and that's not the reason why I read them. I read them for the journey the characters take to get to "the predictable" ending - and Didi and Caleb had such an interesting journey that I couldn't help but enjoy their story.

We get both of their POVs - both told in the third person.
I absolutely loved both of them, they were complete opposites but I think that's what made them so fun to read about. Didi is the funny, outspoken, and creative person. Caleb is the more serious type, who I found really caring and sweet. All of the characters, even the supporting ones, were easy to fall in love with and root for.

The story progresses fast as it story takes place during the summer.
It was light and fun throughout the whole book, but there was always something more behind the cute romantic story being told. Didi comes off as extremely reckless in the beginning, and I didn't really understand her at first. Then, we soon find out that she takes pills but we never know what they are exactly for until the end of the story. I'm not going to spoil this part for anyone, but after reading the reasoning for them I couldn't help but appreciate the writing of this book so much more. There was a lot of foreshadowing and it helped the story feel real and relatable. The way No Love Allowed tackles tough issues never feels forced or misplaced, it feels natural to both of these characters - as Didi is dealing with mental illness, and Caleb is dealing with grief that has allowed him to never wish for love.

Overall, I loved this book. I easily fell in love with the characters and their relationships with one another. I'm definitely a fan of Kate Evangelista - I really enjoyed her writing. The different POVs told in No Love Allowed flowed together nicely, and worked in favor to the whole story being told.
I appreciate how this book tackled tough issues without it taking up the entire story. Honestly, as a person who is hard to love because of my own mental illness I appreciated how much truth was behind Didi and Caleb's relationship. Their romance was cute, sweet, and swoon worthy!
Love really is the greatest gift you could give anyone.

I would recommend this to everyone who is looking for the perfect weekend read - it's a great contemporary!

No Love Allowed will be published on April 19, 2016.
Make sure you add it to your Goodreads shelf, Pre-Order it, and fall in love with this story!


5 out of 5 stars

No Love Allowed | Kate Evangelista | Swoon Reads | Macmillan Children's Publishing Group


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