Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Review + Giveaway: Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles

Love in Lowercase
By Francesc Miralles
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Source: Publisher
An internationally bestselling romantic comedy for fans of The Rosie Project, about a language-loving bachelor and the cat that opens his eyes to life’s little pleasures

When Samuel, a lonely linguistics lecturer, wakes up on New Year’s Day, he is convinced that the year ahead will bring nothing more than passive verbs and un-italicized moments—until an unexpected visitor slips into his Barcelona apartment and refuses to leave. The appearance of Mishima, a stray, brindle-furred cat, leads Samuel from the comforts of his favorite books, foreign films, and classical music to places he’s never been (next door) and to people he might never have met (his neighbor Titus, with whom he’s never exchanged a word). Even better, Mishima leads him back to the mysterious Gabriela, whom he thought he’d lost long before.

In the spirit of The Solitude of Prime Numbers and The Guest Cat, Love in Lowercase is a charming and uplifting novel about how one man, thanks to a persistent cat-turned-catalyst, awakens to the importance of the little things in life—and discovers that sometimes love is hiding in the smallest characters.

When I saw the cover of this book, I just couldn't resist. Described as a romantic comedy that involves a cat, how could I say no? Sadly, I just could not get into this book and found my mind often wandering instead of becoming invested in the story. 

Samuel is a lonely lecturer who has lived on his own and doesn't really have anyone in his life. But the moment Mishima, a stray cat, sneaks his way into his apartment, Samuel has ventured more out his usual ways and crossed paths with some unusual, yet extraordinary people. 

Um, I've got to say that I'm pretty confused on how this was a romantic comedy. I found nothing romantic or comedic about this story. As a linguist lecturer, Samuel was into philosophy and other things that did not interest me and didn't make complete sense to me either. At many parts, I found myself skimming over chapters (each chapter was only 2-3 pages long) because I just didn't care about the rambling on about nonsense. 

As for the romance, it was definitely lacking. Samuel kind of had a thing for the veterinarian but he also wanted something to happen between him and Gabriela, who he had met when he was 6 and only recently run into again. He was just awkward and the relationships he had didn't make that much sense. My favorite character was Mishima, the cat, and I feel like we barely got to see him! With not very interesting characters and pretty much zero romance, this book lost all of my interest. 

If you can't tell, this one was definitely a miss for me. Maybe something was lost in the translation (this was translated from Spanish, I believe), but I did not find anything cute or romantic or funny about this story. While the potential was there, Love in Lowercase did not deliver.

While this book wasn't my cup of tea, you might love it! I have one copy of Love in Lowercase to giveaway. All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below! US ONLY Ends 1/27


  1. Rosie project wasn't really up to my taste either, a little sad to see it have 2 stars

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