Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Book Review Summary:
Annie is starting college. She can’t wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one telling her what to do. It’s the start of a new adventure and Annie’s not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of that. Freedom matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she’s had to fight hard to get the world to see her for who she truly is. Then she meets Fab. He’s six foot two, Polish and a passionate believer in…well, just about everything, but most of all Annie and good old-fashioned romance. The moment Fab sees Annie, he’s wildly drawn to her and declares she must be his girl. Annie’s horrified. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s anything, especially if it means losing her independence.
But then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong, Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions!
I have liked Jenny McLachlan other books for the longest time so when I got the opportunity to read her book I was really excited. Truly, Wildly, Deeply is a stunning book that tackles first relationships with humour and wit making it a must read.
From the off, Truly, Madly, Deeply hit me with its witty nature. I fell in love with Annie from the first moment that we meet her. Jenny is so good with her writing! She was blindly relatable and genuinely funny being the stand out of the book. Having a disability myself similar to cerebral palsy it was great to read someone similar to me except my disability is a lot milder to what Annie deals with the book. I loved she did not let this get in the way of her life and it was wonderful to read about a character with a disability, a rarity in YA.
Her relationship with other characters was also really great especially the subtle relationship with her and her Mum. Her Mum was a spark of joy was caring for her daughter which was definitely a diversion from other YA parents. Her love for Annie was also really great. I also really love her best friend in the book who was quirky and loveable in all the right ways. Also, love seeing a well-developed female friendship and this was one of them.
The main part of the plot was the relationship between her and Fab. Fab was a great character and his passion for reading and learning was really great. He was also wonderfully charming and was right for Annie in so many ways. I also enjoyed Fab being Polish and the subtleties of the book regarding language.
With Fab and Annie being great, I loved their relationship together. It was wonderful to see quite a bit of their story be focused on a book, Wuthering Heights although I have not read it myself. I still loved the enthusiasm of books in books. The arguments that they had were also humorous and highlighted the differing interpretations of a book. The also had great banter. The relationship as it progressed was cute and great and I loved every minute of it.
The only thing that I disliked about the book was the trip to Haworth. This just didn't have the same weight as it could have had for anyone who had loved Wuthering Heights. Saying this I did love how their relationship blossomed as a result so it was not all bad. There was also some tension and some really lovely moments took place that made it all worthwhile!
Truly, Wildly Deeply continues to showcase my love for Jenny McLachlan and is a lovely read that everyone who loves or doesn't love YA contemporary with fall head over heels over. It is a book that is overwhelming British and has a lot of heart.