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Reviewed by Risah Salazar for Readers' Favorite
A found diary whose entries are turned into a whimsical story of love, dreams, and self-discovery -- that's what McKenzie Truscott's Love Rhymes is all about. Teenage Sarah Jane Stein writes as she pursues Michael Harrison, falls in love, and grows with him. It's an exploration of young love showing how growing can both be exhilarating yet painful; together yet apart. Each chapter starts with an old entry and ends with the present. Each one is also filled with beautiful poems, making it perfect for those who love to express and find themselves in rhyming verses.
Love Rhymes has an interesting premise, nice story-telling, and a smooth flow. Readers will no doubt admire adolescent life through the eyes of Janie while she also questions life's purpose. As a whole, it is fast-paced but specifically, it's a slow-burn romance. A charming and sweet love story with feminist takes, this book will surprise its audience in simple but substantial ways. Janie is tenacious and ambitious; she doesn't let anyone or anything stop her from living the life she wants. Aside from being romantic, it is also scientific and educational in some parts. It invites a discourse as it tackles social issues in the '60s which are still relevant today. McKenzie Truscott's message through Janie is clear: strong women are not perfect but they do keep on going even when they sometimes fail. That's a wonderful takeaway and its touching and impactful ending makes Love Rhymes even more unforgettable.