Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Love And Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean.
Love And Other Great Expectations follows the protagonist, Britt, who has always dreamed of playing soccer, until an injury ends her dream. When she’s offered the chance to compete in a scavenger hunt in England for a grand prize of $100,000 she jumps at the chance, and soon meets Luke, who she invites to join her on her quest. Soon the two are travelling across the UK to classic novel locations – but will Britt succeed in her quest and secure the money (and her future), or will one of the other three competitors win?
The scavenger hunt was definitely the highlight of the book for me. I loved all the clues and reading Britt attempting to solve them (with the help of Google, of course). I haven’t read nearly enough classic literature so I was pleased when I still managed to decipher some of the clues! This was so much fun and would’ve been even more fun if I had knowledge to solve all of them – so if you read a lot of classics then this will be the book for you!
Of course, one of the main features of the scavenger hunt was it being set in the UK. I loved reading about all the different cities Britt and Luke visited, and it was even better having experienced some of those places myself (London and Bath). I love books with a travel aspect and this was no exception – reading Britt discover more of the UK was such a great experience!
I also really loved the adventures the scavenger hunt took Britt on. Each clue alluded to a location as well as a task that would have to be completed when they got there, and each of these were so much fun! It’s hard to pick just one but I think my favourite would have to be the quest involving the knights – I’d love to do something like that one day!
The characters were also really brilliant. Obviously I loved Britt, who was hilarious and kind, and Luke, who was really caring and clever, but Al (Britt’s chaperone) also really stood out to me. I loved her dry, sarcastic sense of humour as well as the way she looked out for and supported Britt. Britt herself was actually a really relatable character for me in that she struggled with being open with most people, which is something I’ve always struggled with.
The romance was also superb. I really enjoyed the deep connection Britt and Luke developed and their growing feelings towards each other. I was urging them to get together really early on and I was so happy when the two finally got their moment! They were honestly so well suited for each other and I’d love to see a sequel detailing their time at UCLA.
I also really liked the character development, which was honestly something else in this! Britt came such a long way from the beginning of the book – she learnt so many new things about herself on her journey and it was really lovely to see. I also loved that she figured out what she’d like to do in the future, which the scavenger hunt also helped with!
Overall, I would recommend Love And Other Great Expectations for anyone looking for a quick, summer read that will sweep you up and be entirely unputdownable. I’d also recommend it to any fan of contemporaries, as this had all the elements you’d like to see in the genre and executed them really well.
Have you read Love And Other Great Expectations yet? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this review!