Review | Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Narrator: Adjoa Andoh
Series: The Brown Sisters, Book 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Avon imprint of HarperCollins
Publication: 11/5/2019
Read: November 2019
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours and 17 minutes
Rating: 5 Caffeinated Stars
Trigger Warnings: Domestic Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Invisible Illness, Chronic Pain

Goodreads Summary:

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Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior.

My Thoughts:

I read this book a few months ago, thanks to Libro.fm’s influencer program. I saw quite a few of my favorite blogs reviewing/talking about this book, so I knew I had to read it. I’ve waited a while to write this book review simply because I loved it so much. Get A Life, Chloe Brown is one of those books that will stay with you for a while after. I struggled to write this book review because nothing will do justice to how much I loved this book. I seriously want to shove it into everyone’s hands and tell them to read it.

He was barely even attractive in her eyes. She didn’t see him as an object, or anything like that. From a distance, in the dark, with that sharp tongue of his tucked away, she saw him as poetry.

The narration for this book was outstanding. Adjoa Andoh narrated this book to perfection. Her voices, her attitude, everything was executed incredibly well. I always knew who was talking and never once questioned her narration. She brought this story to life & I loved every second of it.

"She was wearing her glasses now, at least, along with an enormous pink dressing gown and a pair of equally enormous bunny-ear slippers. The slippers surprised him until he remembered that Chloe used cuteness to disguise her inner evil. Sort of like Professor Umbridge."

What I loved the most about this book was the banter. Seriously, Talia Hibbert should get an award for verbal sparring. As you all know by now, banter is my catnip & I couldn’t help but squee at the interactions between Red & Chloe. The author genuinely made me love each character more than I thought possible. Both Characters were realistic and had their faults. I loved seeing them work through their issues and grow.

"You’re just a cute little hermit who hisses at sunlight.”

I also loved that this book included so many of my favorite tropes. Enemies to lovers is hands down one of my favorite tropes, so when paired with a sunshine character with a grumpy character, I was in heaven. Talia Hibbert also executed the enemies to lover trope incredibly well. This trope is hit, or miss and so many things can go wrong. The fact that this was done to perfection still has me wowed.

“I am not hurt,” she said, “I am in pain.” Her voice was bright in a dangerous sort of way, like a knife flashing in the sunlight. Like she was ten seconds and one irritating question away from skewering him."

I wouldn’t do this book justice if I didn’t mention that Talia Hibbert also handled invisible illnesses, domestic abuse, and some hard-hitting issues with compassion and accuracy. I loved that Chloe has fibromyalgia, and I genuinely appreciated how accurate it was. I also was thankful that this illness was present but didn’t define Chloe. Chloe was three dimensional, and fibromyalgia didn’t make up the core basis for who she was. It was beautiful to see Chloe as the main character, and I appreciated how well this story came together.

“The thing is, Red . . . some of us have so many marginalizations, we might drown if we let all the little hurts flood in. So there are those, like me, who filter. I think you’ve noticed that I filter a lot. It’s not some inbuilt shield made of money. It’s just something I’m forced to do.”

As you can tell, I loved this book. It’s probably one of my all-time favorite books I have read. I loved the banter, the tropes, and the execution. Talia Hibbert should write a master class on banter. I honestly can’t wait to dive into her backlist and have bought this book the second I could.

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"He had this visceral quality, even when he was glaring at her, but especially when he painted. There was an honesty, a vulnerability about him that captivated her."

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12 thoughts on “Review | Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

  1. Awesome review for such a great book! It really was the best example of the enemies to friends trope, accurate depiction of life with a chronic illness, and witty (and hilarious) banter. I was not expecting to laugh out loud so often when I read this one!

  2. This is such a great review! I honestly don’t know why I’ve kept putting off reading this but I’m looking forward to finally picking it up. I’ve heard so much praise for it and I have a feeling I’m definitely going to feel the same way. There are just some books you know you’ll love 😛

  3. Love all the quotes! I am so glad we read this book for book club, I’m not sure I would have got to otherwise!

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