By: Talia Hibbert
My Goodreads Review: 3/5 Stars
“I started feeling afraid of my own body, like it was a torture chamber I’d been trapped inside.”
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert is a story about Chloe Brown, a woman who suffers from a chronic illness called Fibromyalgia. This is an illness that others cannot see; therefore, many of her friends become frustrated with her ongoing pain and slowly stop being friends with her. Luckily Chloe has an amazing family who supports her through this difficult time. Chloe moves into her own apartment, where she meets superintendent Redford Morgan. Chloe decides that she needs to get her life back on track, creating a ‘Get a Life’ checklist. Some things on this list are riding a motorcycle, going camping, and getting drunk at a club. She begins this list on her own, but as she continues, she realizes she’s going to need some help and reinforcements. This is when Redford Morgan comes into the picture. Even though Chloe is reluctant to take help from her superintendent, with who she has a continuing bantering sarcastic relationship, she eventually decides it’s the only way to complete her list. It is while completing this list that Chloe and Red’s relationship begins. Could these two seemingly opposite people find love?
“Love is certainly never safe, but it’s absolutely worth it.”
This is an adorable story about two people finding love after experiencing heartbreak. Both characters have a turbulent romantic past and are reluctant to trust anyone new. I thought it was a pretty nice love story, but I didn’t love it. I didn’t really connect to either of the characters, and I felt like their love story was a bit rushed. I would have enjoyed hearing a bit more of their sarcastic banter. Also, some of the scenes between them were a bit too much for me.
Despite not really loving this story, I think having a book focused on someone going through ongoing chronic illness is important. For people not going through this illness, it gives them a look into how difficult life can be for people with Fibromyalgia. Also, people who do have Fibromyalgia can feel seen through Chloe Brown and her experiences. Rarely do we read a story about someone who experiences this type of pain.
There was one aspect I absolutely loved, and that was Chloe’s family. Chloe and her sisters were amazing and hilarious (which means even though I didn’t love this book, I will definitely read the rest of the books about each of the sisters!). Chloe’s grandmother Gigi was my favourite side character. I loved her spunk and outlook on life; I loved how much she adored her family even though she relentlessly made fun of her son, Chloe’s dad. Reading the sections that included the Brown family was my absolute favourite.
Overall this is a cute romantic comedy with okay main characters but even better side characters. Although I didn’t love this book as much as I hoped, I will definitely be reading the other books in the series because I loved the Brown sisters!
“So I’m doing it for you because that’s how people should behave; they should fill in each other’s gaps.”
Other books by Talia Hibbert
Take A Hint, Dani Brown (4.10/5 Stars)
Act Your Age, Eve Brown (4.3/5 Stars)