The last romance novel I read was not great. And I was disappointed because it looked like it was going to be a fun, diverse romance. And I definitely want more diverse romance. I needed a book to redeem that experience, and decided to pick up Get a Life, Chloe Brown. This has been on my radar for a while, but I wasn’t totally sold. And then Sam from Thoughts on Tomes recommended it. We have similar taste in romance novels, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
I wanted a cute, fun romance, and got so much more. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever identified with a character more than I did Chloe. I can’t identify with Chloe’s experience as a black woman. But I can definitely identify with her experience as a fat girl with a chronic illness that causes pain. And so many times, I’ve read romance novels, even ones I enjoyed, and felt like my disability would hold me back if I was in the same situation. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated seeing a chronically ill fat nerd as the protagonist of a romance novel. I didn’t realize how much I needed that, and how much I felt like I’d just never get to see it.
The romance in this novel was cute and fun, but I liked that it also had a lot of depth to it. Both parties had a lot of very relatable issues, and I thought that was important to see in a romance novel. People have things that hold them back, and it was great watching these characters deal with them, both on their own and in the context of a relationship. Also, there is a cat named Smudge and I love him.
I regret not reading Get a Life, Chloe Brown sooner (it’s been out since November). I loved it! This book redeemed my bad romance reading experiences, and gave me a new favorite. Not all protagonists need to be chronically ill or fat or black or nerdy, but they can be, and it can be great. I would highly recommend picking this one up, especially if you are looking for a contemporary romance novel with a diverse protagonist.
★★★★☆ – I loved this book! 4.5 stars! I think it’s safe to say Get a Life, Chloe Brown is definitely in my top five romance novels of all time. So go read it!