Its a romance cooked up in the food world and comes with all the essential flavours and ingredients but nothing peculiar to make it a star dish.
The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson- Official Synopsis
I’ve sworn off men.
Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.
I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.
The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.
The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.
Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.
So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.
I want the opposite.
The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson- RWAT Take
Let me be honest, i picked up the book because of the cover. The cover was simply amazing. (cover with the bearded guy and the surreal overlay technique) Call it luck because the book turned out to be everything that was said and promised in the synopsis. It is a love story and yes there is a dark brooding protagonist and that too with an equally dark and brooding beard. The beard, not surprisingly even has its own star moments and coverage in the story plot.
The book is something that you should approach without any particular expectations or intentions. It should be approached just as a fun and quick little read, picked up only for the purpose of relaxing. That was my reason for picking up the book because in between some heavy books, this one was a breather. The one that helped me to relax and rejuvenate
The story plot and characters are all sweet and to be honest, predictable too. Its everything that a YA romance is. Sweet, emotional, funny and with array of characters that are usual patterns of any YA romance. So you might have realized that the only cribbing i have is that it is just like every other YA romance. That is not to say that the book is bad but that it might not give you a good challenge.
Its sweet and adorable and since the background of the book is basically food, it does stop pretty annoyingly and vividly to describe the food if it appears in a scene. I found that very weird as to how suddenly from everything that is going on in the book, the importance gets diverted to the food on the table and everything else completely stops.
If you are looking for a quick, fun romance to have a breather between heavy books or simply to relax then yes this is a good one. There is nothing that you need to think or analyze but sail with the cheesy romance. Do not approach this book if you are hypersensitive to YA romance. Why approach a book, if you know you won’t appreciate the genre.