At the center of Story of an Optimistic Broken Heart is Zoe, a college coed who has recently broken up with the love of her life, Sean because of infidelity. We meet them on the precipice of Spring Break and Zoe’s still reeling from everything associated with Sean, but still in a vulnerable enough space to give him a chance to redeem himself. No one around her approves, but Zoe’s just too much of a hopeful romantic to let love go.
Sean’s a typical young man in undergrad, on the prowl for the next best piece of pu…re, unadulterated fun. He loves Zoe, but his actions prove that maybe love just isn’t enough for these two. These two and a group of their friends take a trip down to the beach for a good time during spring break and allllllllll of the drama unfolds. When all is said and done—Zoe must decide if Sean is worth it all or if she should just move on.
This is the author’s debut and I think it was a solid first effort. The characters are a bit exasperating at times, but I think that’s because I am an old lady reading about kids in their early twenties. Once I remembered that, I was pulled into this story wondering where it was gonna end up. I look forward to reading more work from Nicole Huggins.
CHEMISTRY: Huggins does a good job of making the pull between the two main characters palpable and believable.
PLOT: Solid plot, with a few surprises along the way that added some spice to the story.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: I thought Huggins did a great job with letting Zoe’s vulnerability shine through. The journey her character takes over the course of this book was believable and relatable for anyone who’s been through something similar with his or her first love.
STORY FLOW: There were a couple scenes that kind of detracted from the main story and took me out of the book slightly. Overall, everything was in synch though.
LOVE SCENES: These scenes were appropriately timed; non-gratuitous and hot!