Book Review: This Love Story Will Self-Destruct, Leslie Cohen

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By: Leslie Cohen

Length: 336 Pages

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.

Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.

Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.

So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.

Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.

To Be Release January 23, 2018


Have you ever read a book and when the conclusion came, you were honestly at peace with it. This love story will self-destruct was so calming and satisfying the whole way through that I for sure thought I would be let down by the departing words. But I was wrong, this book just left me in such a tranquil state of mind that I was in awe.

It’s exactly as the synopsis describes it to be, which was again oddly satisfying. This is the story of past acquaintances and what ifs. It was remarkably told through Eve and Ben’s point of view. Each very distinguishable in their own voice and expressions.

The characters are the most genuine and realistic bunch,  and throughout the book, you can see how each member of this odd group of friends grows from college years to marriages and jobs. It was comforting to see these New Yorkers come and go through the storyline. I appreciated that Cohen didn’t go for the usual instalove connection with her characters. You see their flaws, their weaknesses so to speak. The attitudes, the diversity of the friendships.

It’s  funny when I think about it, my husband and my path crossed multiple times over the course of our lives before we actually met, it turns out the very first time we met was when I was 10. But we didn’t actually know each other until  was 21.  Maybe that is why it resonated with me so much. I appreciated every part of this and how Cohen intriguingly manifested a relationship through the entwinement of some pretty pivotal points of their lives.

This is a book that can easily be enjoyed by a 16-year-old teen girl worrying about her high school sweetheart and what may come of them to a woman of a more mature age looking for a heartwarmingly sweet, witty, lovely love story that has withstood the test of times.

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  1. I know where you are coming from with this one. I’ve gotten so built up through a story, I almost knew I was going to be disappointed by the wrap up ending, but when your not its that much better 🙂


  2. I saw this one in a NetGalley email blast and passed it over. Now I’m wondering if I should have asked for it! Hmm….. (I’d like to hear the story of you and your husband meeting when you were 10, too!)


    1. When I was 10 my stepmother decided to send me to a private catholic school, which was on the other side of town. That meant I had to start taking the bus, Our bus stop turned out to be at his school which was a reform school for troubled youth, so we literally saw each other everyday for 4 years the morning of every school day.


      1. What a small world!!!

        I found out, just after graduating high school, that I’d been sitting next to my (then boyfriend now husband)’s cousin. The cousin who has NOTHING to do with that side of the family.

        The older I get, the more I realize just HOW small the world is and how interconnected we all are. 🙂

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