Instalove 101 is an event hosted by Paola, Alix, and Jess from A Novel Idea. I was part of their Love Triangle 101 event last year, so why not join their Instalove 101 event this year?
As a side-note, in this post I would be spelling the world “instalove” as “insta-love” because that’s just the way I write insta-love.
Everybody who reads my reviews know that I absolutely loathe insta-love in books. Like, I absolutely loathe it. Any book with insta-love in it automatically loses one star off its rating automatically. No expectations.
I’m sure some of you guys are currently thinking: boy Kelly! You’re too harsh on those poor books with insta-love in them! But here’s the thing: To me, when authors have insta-love in their books, it’s just a lazy way in which authors incorporate their romance without taking their time to fully develop it and to slowly make us fall in love with the characters and their romance. The way I view things, it’s just an easy way out. That is just a big no-no for me.
Sure, insta-love can happen, but it’s ultimately unrealistic. Imagine that your best friend told you one day that she fell in love with a guy she just met for a week. What’s your first gut reaction? Let’s be honest, it’ll probably be along the lines of say whaat and you’re crazy girl! In real life, insta-love just doesn’t work out that way. I doubt you’ll be cheering your friend on if she decides to marry him in just one week. Who knows, your friend’s relationship may work out, but what are the chances?
Okay, so I’m starting to stray off-topic here. Ahem.
So as you can see above, I absolutely detest insta-love. Hate it. Want to knock my head against the wall when I read about it. However, there was one insta-love that actually -GASP!- worked for me.
What’s the book that pulled off this miracle? Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill of course!
One word that pops up in my mind when I have to describe Being Sloane Jacobs is cute. The ENTIRE book was cute. I was literally drowning in waves of cute feels. The plot was cute, the romance was cute, the characters were cute (well, most of them), the entire book was cute.
I did detest the insta-love in Being Sloane Jacobs at first, but then the waves of cuteness just attacked me and…
…I lost my battle against insta-love. Just for that one book though. Only that one book.
So basically, my point is to drown your insta-love with cuteness and I will be sure to love it. That’s my ultimate weakness.
What about you? Do you guys like insta-love? Do you hate it like me? What books with insta-love in it do you like?