Out of Love
by Hazel Hayes
It’s my stop on the “Out of Love” blog tour! Unbound Publications have provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and huge thanks to Anne Cater for the invite. If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page, or YouTube where she is best known for her interview series, Tipsy Talk.
A novel for anyone who has loved and lost, and lived to tell the tale.
As a young woman boxes up her ex-boyfriend’s belongings and prepares to see him one last time, she wonders where it all went wrong, and whether it was ever right to begin with. Burdened with a broken heart, she asks herself the age-old question . . . is love really worth it?
Out of Love is a bittersweet romance told in reverse. Beginning at the end of a relationship, each chapter takes us further back in time, weaving together an already unravelled tapestry, from tragic break-up to magical first kiss.
In this dazzling debut Hazel Hayes performs a post-mortem on love, tenderly but unapologetically exploring every angle, from the heights of joy to the depths of grief, and all the madness and mundanity in between. This is a modern story with the heart of a classic: truthful, tragic and ultimately full of hope.
“’Cup of tea?’
I’ve asked him this a hundred times before. I ask it now, casually, as through nothing has changed. As though this time is the same as all the others. But before the words have even left my mouth I think, That’s the last time you’ll ever ask him that question.”
“Out of Love” is described as being a novel for anyone who has loved and lost, and lived to tell the tale, and I’d have to agree with this.
It’s a powerful, honest and realistic look at the complex breakdown of a relationship over time. Told backwards, the opening pages see a woman packing up her ex’s belongings and questioning how this has all happened. As the pages continue we learn about how they met, how they fell in love and where the cracks began to show.
I really liked this format, especially as I’ve never been one for super happy endings, and it’s clear right from the start that this isn’t what you’re in for. Don’t let that put you off though as, as well as heartbreak, there are also themes of self-discovery and it’s definitely not as bleak as it may first sound. The nameless leading lady is a strong woman and is supported by her wonderful best friend Maya and her mother in Dublin too.
I found the story to be very relatable for me personally and this meant I sped through the pages feeling all of the emotions! I wasn’t surprised to read that Hazel Hayes has written this book from elements of her own experience as it all felt a little too realistic to be a complete work of fiction.
I have to say that before reading this book, I’d never even heard of Hazel (sorry!) but I’ll definitely be taking a look through her channel and will keep my eye out for future reads!
Overall rating: “Out of Love” tells the story of a doomed relationship in reverse, from break-up to first kiss. This isn’t your typical romance story but that probably made me enjoy it even more. I’d definitely recommend you give it a try regardless of whether or not you’re already a fan – 5 stars!
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