Review | If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate. But I don’t think there’s a line at all. They’re the same thing. What we love we hate for loving. What makes us more vulnerable than love? What hurts so much? It’s a tightrope that we walk. Wavering from one side to the other. Desperate to keep our balance. But sometimes you can’t. Sometimes it tips and there’s nothing you can do.” 3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: creeps, cigarettes, scars, coffee, vodka, diaries, cemeteries, anoraks, keys, tiaras, elephant plushies, wedding dresses, birthday surprises and missing pens. 

Samuel, the day we met I knew I’d finally found what I’ve been waiting for.


Happiness, at last.

Then you left me.

And now I am alone.

Everyone I love leaves in the end.

But not this time.

I’m not giving up on us.

I’m not giving up on you.

When you love someone, you never let them go.

That’s why for me, this is just beginning.

For a debut novel, I have to say I’m very impressed. The plot was really good and the story was very well written. It was really interesting to see a life from the point of view of someone who has a strong obsession for someone else and the extreme the situations they put themselves to.

I think the only two reasons why I didn’t rate this higher was because of the pacing of the story and the main character. Regarding the pacing, I have an unpopular opinion. The book felt a bit monotonous. I felt like the story didn’t develop a lot throughout the pages, it was a lot of the same things. The only part that was really surprising to me was the ending. I was really shocked and I would have never predicted the story ended that way.

Now our main character, Constance. Well, Constance wasn’t my favorite main character. To be completely fair, I know she’s supposed to be crazy and obsessed – because that’s the whole point of the book -, but even feeling the smallest empathy for her, I just couldn’t connect to her as a character. There were so many times I thought “Girl… you need to get a hobby. Like, a real one.” It was so frustrating to see her making decisions! But I applaud the author for that. It’s a good book if you have strong feelings for it… it means it did its job!

Friendly reminder: this is only my point of view on the book and from what I saw, it’s an unpopular opinion. There were a LOT of people who loved this book that don’t share the same opinion as me, so I would still recommend checking it out!


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