My Review – “The LoveLock” – @EichinChang-Lim

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I’ve enjoyed reading “The LoveLock” by Eichin Chang-Lim. Here is a short book description.

Life changes on a dime. Few understand this painful truth quite like Violet and Dylan, former college sweethearts united by their troubled childhoods. When a gut-wrenching tragedy strikes in their adult years, they’re torn apart—their relationship unable to survive the blow. Though they go their separate ways, they remain connected by a meaningful token: a locket, which Dylan bestows upon Violet on a blissful day by a gorgeous beach in Coronado, California—to which he holds the key. This lovelock remains to be their only connection as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Violet, an aspiring actress, grapples with mental illness and ends up stripping for a living. In the meantime, Dylan faces his own challenges while trying to manage his past trauma with an unknown future. They each venture down their own dark path laced with drugs and manipulative, taxing characters. All the while, neither can shake off their longing for the love they once shared and endeared. In spite of life’s impediments, can they heal their past and find happiness alone, or together?

“The LoveLock” by Eichin Chang-Lim is the first book I’ve read by this talented author. It is classified in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance as well as Mental Illness and Young Adult Depression. Normally I would not list all these, but I think it is important to understand what you are about to read. This is the story of two young people who deal with tragic loss at a very young age, live with a parent who spirals in and out of depression, and at a momentous time of their young teenage lives, lose everything (but as the reader, one only becomes aware of these circumstances later in the book, when these events climax the plot which has a large twist and a surprising end). The sheer genius of the author – how she weaves this tale in and out of drama and surprise, while Dylan is in the Peace Corps (why has crossed my mind as I’m reading about it) or Violet goes mental when she is rehearsing a scene for her first movie (again why does the sight of a fellow actress in a red dress send her over the edge and into a mental institution) – leaves the reader astounded but satisfied as the author skilfully ties all lose ends together.
This then, is the background to this most memorable story – a story of Dylan and Violet, their love for each other; how they lost this most precious thing through circumstances beyond their control and ultimately triumph as individuals. I read this story throughout the day and could not put it down.

These then are all the plusses for me. I had pondered about my rating simply because I do not like to have profanity in a story, albeit sparsely used; there are scenes of non-excessive violence and non-explicit romantic suggestions (at the strip club) and a self-stimulation scene in the shower which I did not like, but then compared to what these two young people experience, everything else fades into nothing. So with these thoughts in mind, I still give five stars for a flawlessly written story with satisfying conclusion.

Please click on: Official Book Trailer of The LoveLock . . . to see the video.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoy my review and also this beautiful book trailer!


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