Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny's life. She's failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her...

Details Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

TitleLove & Other Carnivorous Plants
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt

Reviews Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

  • Lola Reviewer
    DNF at 25%. I see no point in reading this book. I already know that it’s not going to teach me something meaningful and I feel as though there is a part missing—the part before and where she is recovering. All we get is the *after* part, making it seem as though the story begun a long time ago and what we get is what the heroine cares to share. Speaking of the heroine, she is the non-stop sarcastic type. At first it was okay, and I even enjo...
  • Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
    3.5 Stars. Okay, it's been a few days since I finished the book. I still stand by my 3.5 rating. The book starts off funny. I loved the sarcasm and dark humor of the main character. Danny is a highly-focused overachiever. She was valedictorian at her high school and is going to Harvard as a premed major. She and her best friend have always had a plan. They would go to college together, get married, become widows, and live the rest of their lives ...
  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    *3.75* If you know me then you know contemporary novels aren't my most favorite thing. I've read many that I've enjoyed and want to read a few but there aren't something I actively reach for or that capture me as much as a good fantasy does. I know though that I would have loved this so much more if I was really into the contemporary genre and might have even given it five stars. With all that being said I still enjoyed this book for the most par...
  • Kaylie
    I really loved Danny’s voice in this book. She made me laugh and feel her acute contradictions and the itchy realness of her suffering. She was a wonderful narrator of the show-don’t-tell variety, who fucks up and fucks up and lies to herself and lies to you and makes hyperbolic jokes all along the way.The story itself I didn’t love. Halfway through it takes a sudden sharp turn, and from there wavers along, no longer certain of its destinat...
  • Simone
    If you're looking for a sophisticated "adult" read, be prepared. This isn't for adults. The writing and the voice is way more amateur, but as a young adult novel this voice isn't meant for adults. This book in general isn't made for adults because while hitting on some serious adult themes, it's still made for teenagers.The only thing that really irked me about the book was the writing and the voice. However, I also took it with a grain of sand b...
  • Rimpy Toor
    First I'd like to mention that this novel contains mentions of suicide, eating disorders, and depression. Please understand this before deciding to pick this novel up. I wanted to love this novel so badly. I read the synopsis and automatically was intrigued with the plot and the characters we got to follow. Unfortunately, this novel fell a bit flat for me and I really couldn't get into it after the first 100 or so pages. After starting this nov...
  • Ashley
    “She makes me feel like I’m not myself and more myself at the same time. She devours me in the best way and kills me in the worst way, but I’m happy to be killed by her because she’s heaven too.” I have mixed feelings about this book and writing this review is so difficult. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, because I did like it. I would even recommend reading it, because it talks about a lot of important things; such as eating ...
  • Emily Reed
    Love and Other Carnivorous Plants is the story of a girl named Danny. Danny had a bright future ahead of her as she finished her first year at Harvard. She had it all, the dream school, a supportive family, and her best friend of fourteen years, Sara, waiting for her at home. At least that’s what she told people. Danny had a secret that threw off everything, or should I say threw up everything? Danny’s life soon became anything but bright. Da...
  • Tiah
    So I have been pushing off this review because didn't know how to fully and accurately put all my thoughts and feelings into a full review. I'm going to make this review short because that's all this book needs. THIS BOOK. This book was not only amazing, but a new favourite, it was so real and raw.I felt this book. I felt all the emotions. I felt all the feelings. These characters felt when people around them were struggling. This book gave me a ...
  • Lauren
    4.5 stars Love and Other Carnivorous Plants is a humorous and witty yet deep reaching novel that focuses on mental illness, addiction, and sexual identity. Danny is an extremely flawed and often delusional character, but as someone who has personal experience with both addiction and mental illness, I really connected with her perspective on both. Having a mental illness or loving someone with an addiction can be very confusing to navigate and can...
  • Francesca
    The plot was interesting, but the author dragged it on for the whole book. When books are written they have a beginning, middle, climax, and resolution. This one seemed to be all climax with a tiny intro and a tiny resolution that really didn't resolve much. It was just climax after climax after climax, and it soon became a little tiresome. I wouldn't recommend it, even though it dealt really well with eating disorders.
  • Jenny
    This book really captured me - I love Danny's voice, I love her flaws. The story is all about not knowing wtf you're doing, and that resonates. It covers hard topics but includes a great message from the author and list of resources at the end. A great read for the struggling overachiever, the person who takes jokes too far, the unsure, and the literary heart. Recommended.
  • Kell
    ehhhhh. i really wanted to like this, but i'm more than halfway through and still am not really into it. the plot is all over the place and feels unfocused, and i think the characters could be more well-rounded as well (some of them even feel like caricatures). disappointing, but since it's the author's debut novel, i will definitely try future ones and look for improvement!
  • Sophie
    I had to set this down for a second because I had to read a different book by a certain date, but once I was done with it I came right back to L&OCP. This was a quick, sweet read altogether. I couldn't wait to see what would happen, and I think it addresses the topic of mental health in an honest light. Full RTC!
  • Alec
    Wow! What an incredible story - such heart, and a very authentic voice!
  • MrsFinberg
    Funny, sharp, and aching.
  • USOM
    TW: eating disorder, attempted suicide, depressionWhile I enjoyed the writing voice, and many of the characters, at the end of the day this book was solidly good, but nothing ground breaking. I really enjoyed the queer representation - the questioning representation without feeling a need to self-label. At the same time, I felt like things were brought up, but never really explained or worked through.Writing: 3, Plot: 4, Characters: 4, World: 3fu...
  • Kristen Beverly
    I had a lot of problems with this book. Could have been the manuscript I was reading. Maybe the editor fixed things in the process?
  • Alyssa
    Danny just got back home from a treatment center for troubled teens. And pretty sure her eating disorder is not healed at all. But she'd rather be home and reconnect with her best friend than go back there.I liked this book a lot. We are presented with Danny, a very funny sarcastic girl who uses humor as a coping mechanism. While reading, I found such amazing and funny quotes that are totally relatable that you wish you came up with. And as the s...