Book Review: Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A light, short, and enjoyable read but I’m not sure it needed to be written

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Premise (from Goodreads)

It’s been more than a year since Simon and Blue turned their anonymous online flirtation into an IRL relationship, and just a few months since Abby and Leah’s unforgettable night at senior prom.

Now the Creekwood High crew are first years at different colleges, navigating friendship and romance the way their story began—on email.

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Review (No Spoilers)

I know with a 3 star rating, you probably expect me to write some bad things about this book but the truth is that Love, Creekwood wasn’t at all bad. In fact, it was pretty darn cute and enjoyable. It’s a novella so I read it in its entirety one night before going to bed, but the entire time I was reading, I kept wondering why the book existed.

To say it plainly, I don’t think this book needed to be written–at all.

The story picks up right when all of our favorite characters are starting their first year of college and it follows each of them as they struggle to navigate with the newfound distance between them. While it was nice to see these characters discover who they are–and who they aren’t–when they’re on their own, I don’t think the time I spent reading this book was ultimately worth it. I would have been just as happy to not have read this book as I am having read it. Becky Albertalli says in the acknowledgements that this was a book that she never wanted to write, and I think it shows.

Now, don’t get me wrong–if you truly aren’t ready to let the Simonverse characters go, then Love, Creekwood would be an excellent book for you. It will give you a chance to say your goodbyes to characters that are cherished around the world. Unfortunately for me, I just didn’t necessarily see the value in having an entire novella–cute as it may be–where not much actually happens.


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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli

  1. An interesting concept for a novella, I guess as you say it’s nice for those who want the opportunity to say goodbye to characters they’ve invested in.

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