Review: Love May Fail

Author: Matthew Quick
Release Date: 16th June 2015



Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself transported back to South Jersey, where things remain largely unchanged from her unhappy childhood. In need of saving herself, she sets out to find and resurrect a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a horrific scandal. Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia’s chances in this bid for renewed hope in the human race? This is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.


Matthew Quick‘s characters are always my favourite parts about his books. Amber in Sorta Like A Rockstar and Pat in The Silver Linings Playbook are both hilarious and made their books fun and quirky despite their darker themes. It was my bad for assuming it would be the same with the characters in ‘Love May Fail’ – unfortunately, I didn’t get the same feeling or connection with any of the narrative characters.After the first chapter, I thought I would love Portia Kane – feminist, funny and drunk?! Yes please! – but by the end of her narrative she was aggravating and I just wanted her to shut up. She also treated Chuck quite horribly and it felt like her favourite thing about him was that he loved her. I did really like Mr.Vernon, as depressing as he was I thought his character was more developed and engaging, I just wish there would have been more of him! The third and fourth parts of the book were completely boring and relied too heavily on the ~sort of instalove between Chuck and Portia (which was also rushed even more in the last few chapters).

Other thoughts:
– Danielle was under-appreciated and deserved a lot better
– Why did Portia’s Mother (who was quite a prominent character in 2/3rds of the book) just disappear randomly towards the end?
– WHY was Chuck called Chuck Bass. All I had in my head was:

I’m still giving it 3.5 stars because I really do love Quick’s style of writing and it had its’ good moments, it’s just missing something.


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