Suffer Love – Ashley Herring Blake


“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?


This book was luminous. Gorgeous. Tragic.

Shakespeare was known for his tragedies and his comedies. I’ve come to realize that in modern times, YA novels tend to come in two forms: the kind that is all angst and playing-hard-to-get, frustration and teenage angst… and the kind that is utter perfection with an impending sense of doom. Everything is so beautiful, hopeful, and ephemeral. The happiness is like a speeding bullet, whizzing into oblivion.

I’m going a little too far here. But pretty much, Suffer Love is the second kind of story. And that’s exactly how I like things.

I bawled like a baby trying to get to the end. I kept trying to stop, wash my face, and go to bed… to no avail. This story was unputdownable.

I love Hadley and Sam. Their entire situation here is all types of crazy, at no fault of their own. I wish we got a more definitive happily ever after, but honestly, the whole book was kind of in that dream-like state. Ashley Herring Blake truly knows how to build a romance, moment by moment.

I wish we got a better understanding of Jason St. Clair’s motives. Ms. Bennett’s actions were understandable, plausible, and explainable. But Jason, what possessed you to do what you did? If only we knew.

Still, this book was so much better than my expectations! I loved it.

Related Reading

  • This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen
  • Between Us and the Moon – Rebecca Maizel
  • Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare
  • My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

Rating: 5/5

** I read an ARC of this book — not sure if anything changed in the final version.**

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