Love from Scratch by: Kaitlyn Hill

I’m giving this two (2) stars. I just couldn’t deal with it.

On the surface, this book was right up my alley. Baking, TV, competition, yes! But no. While Kaitlyn Hill’s writing style is great, the way she handled this main character and the issues in the book, I couldn’t really enjoy it. The two starts are for skilled and competent technical writing and food puns.

The main character is a girl named Reese who’s suffered some pretty bad bullying via social media and that’s one of the themes in the book. She’s moved from a southern stat to Seattle in an attempt to snag a summer internship at Friends of Flavor. Think Food Network.

Her competition for the position is Benny.

Here’s problem number one. She hates Benny right from the jump for no reason. She doesn’t like, can’t stand him. And she doesn’t even know him. It’s to set up the fact they’re supposed to be enemies or rivals since enemies to lovers is one of the tropes but it doesn’t sell it. Why does she hate him? He just exists and she’s just like, “no.”

Another issue. The internship is a culinary internship. Benny is vying for it and comes from a family of cooks, everyone in his family cooks. They own a restaurant.

Reese is in marketing. And can’t cook. She’s a great assistant to her grandmother but can’t cook.

So why is she trying to go for culinary internship that would absolutely require her to do the one thing she has no skill at? She’s also not very equipped to deal with marketing either from the looks of it.

Reese’s personality isn’t one I could deal with. She’s annoying. She sets up this rivalry with Benny that is absolutely one sided, she assumes he’s doing better than her because he’s a male. Not because he actually has the necessary skills that she lacks. She sees issues where there aren’t any and it’s kind of maddening.

Benny is a romance hero but he’s basically too perfect. Never does anything wrong kind of hero. There’s also no growth from either character. I can’t tell you why they what’s really at risk if they don’t get these internships. Nothing that will really ruin their lives. Benny’s basically got a job lined up at his family’s restaurant. Reese is staying on campus so if she doesn’t get the job she’ll lose her housing and that’s it. She could just go back home.

It’s boring and the characters are flat. The author added in some LGBTQ+ and POC characters but they weren’t much better than the main characters. Just flat.

Also, yes, Reese experiences sexism. And when she does finally talk about it the general consensus is “yeah he’s a creep like that.” and they keep it moving. Well if that’s not an infuriating response I don’t know what is.

She can write, but this wasn’t a good story.

I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publisher.

Author:

Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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