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Love, Inc. PDF, ePub eBook Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy. Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy. Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they'd felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history... Or so she'd thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways. Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.

30 review for Love, Inc.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this book! It was the perfect combination of everything you could ask for it a great chick-lit book! It was insanely funny and just straight up adorable. The authors create such a unique plot with brilliant characters. I was hooked the entire time! The writing, the characters and the plot just made me want to jump in and join this hilariously fun story. Not only is this a perfect read for the summer, it's just the perfect read all-together. There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this book! It was the perfect combination of everything you could ask for it a great chick-lit book! It was insanely funny and just straight up adorable. The authors create such a unique plot with brilliant characters. I was hooked the entire time! The writing, the characters and the plot just made me want to jump in and join this hilariously fun story. Not only is this a perfect read for the summer, it's just the perfect read all-together. I fell in love with this story from the moment I started... and I'll tell you why! First off, the plot is just do darn adorable, exciting and filled with awesome drama. We follow three characters, Zahra being our main one. Her parents are divorced, but she has great boyfriend who is Rico. Zahra being Pakistani/Scottish, she has had her family troubles. Her grandparents didn't like the fact that their daughter married out of their ethnicity. One thing lead to another, and Zahra's parents got a divorce. It devastated her and her sister, but Zahra clings to the fact that she has her boyfriend by her side. He's everything she could ask for in a guy, and she is thrilled that she finally met someone who plays the role of her rock. After the divorce, Zahra is sent to group counseling to help her with her parent's divorce. There, she meets two other girls, Kali and Syd. Kalu is flirtatious and spunky, while Syd is tougher and more of the vintage-vixen. All three girls knew they had one thing in common; their parent's separation. However, they soon discover that they share the same boyfriend, and has been three-timing them all at the same time! Meet Rico/Rick/Eric. The guy who made up two different names to date three girls. Zahra is devastated beyond belief. She feels horrible for not figuring it out, and seeing the signs. She wonders how she could have been so stupid to believe that he actually liked her. Kali feels just as bad, she thought she had something special with him. However, Syd feels the worst. She actually had a history with Eric, and two think he cheated on her with two other girls makes her hurt beyond belief. What the girls decide to do changes the whole course of the novel. They want revenge. It ends up going so well, that people want the tree of them do do it to their exes. Soon, they have clients wanting relationship advice, match-making, revenge and help on the all so complicated, four letter word, love. They are the go-to girls to solve all relationship problems. And that is how Love, Inc began its business! I highly recommend this adorable and fantastic read! I loved everything about it! The characters are like no other. It's highly entertaining and just so great. Need I say more? 5/5 2011-028

  2. 4 out of 5

    Reut

    How adorable is that cover? Seriously, there are all these little details and it's so cute. Okay, so the idea for Love, Inc. is awesome. Three girls who have been tripled-timed by the same guy--including one of them he had been dating for two years--find out about his dealings on the side and take wicked revenge. People start hearing about Love, Inc. and since everyone has a job for them and let's face it, teenagers like getting paid--Love, Inc. becomes a real business. Zahra, Kali, and Syd are al How adorable is that cover? Seriously, there are all these little details and it's so cute. Okay, so the idea for Love, Inc. is awesome. Three girls who have been tripled-timed by the same guy--including one of them he had been dating for two years--find out about his dealings on the side and take wicked revenge. People start hearing about Love, Inc. and since everyone has a job for them and let's face it, teenagers like getting paid--Love, Inc. becomes a real business. Zahra, Kali, and Syd are all great characters. Sometimes they were a little cliche, like Syd being the quintessential bad girl with a vulnerable side, and Kali being a total flirt who doesn't really commit, but they were all very fun to read about. All the girls have really screwed up families--hello, they met in counseling--and yet they aren't self-pitiers. In fact, they use skills that helped them deal with their own families to help Love, Inc. clients. And now that I realize it, this is actually really true. Kali, the flirt, distracts herself from commitment because her mom has been through several husbands, and she uses those flirting abilities to find matchmaking clients. Syd, the rebel, distracts herself with crime like graffiti to avoid her mom, the crazy woman, who is obsessed with trying to get Syd's dad back. Zahra, the narrator, in particular demonstrates a great skill for mediating between clients who are breaking up, because of her separated parents and what she tries to do to get them back together. One thing I really liked about this book was the whole storyline with Zahra's grandparents. Zahra's mom is Pakistani, and her dad is (I think?) Irish, so when they got married, the mother's parents were extremely disappointed. This seems like a total cliche, but there's actually a very good backstory to why this happened. Zahra's grandparents come to the States when they find out about the separation, and they slowly try to assimilate Zahra, her mom, and her sister Saliyah back into Pakistani culture. This is an awesome example of diversity in YA. Another thing I liked was the love square! Yes, a love square! Yay for originality! Basically there are three guys in this book who are love interests for Zahra: Brody, and two other guys who we will call Sheldon and Leonard (both because I have forgotten their names and because I love The Big Bang Theory). I loved Brody's character from the start, but Zahra hated him for being a flirt and kind of a jackass. Sheldon was the grandparent's choice, being Sunni Muslim, and therefore acceptable. And Leonard was just another sweet guy... but there was no spark. It was nice to see a variety of love interests in contemporary, and I had no idea who Zahra would choose. If I could change one thing about the book, it would be the narration. I did genuinely like Zahra, but I think this is the type of book that would have been better in alternating perspective. Plot=  17/20 | Characters = 15/20 | Writing= 10/15 | Dialogue= 11/15 | Ending= 7/10 | Cover (beauty) = 4/5 | Cover (relates to story) = 4/5 | Rereadability = 2.5/5 | Unputdownability = 3.5/5 Total= 74/100

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads

    *I won this novel from the authors through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.* I've been really looking forward to reading Love, Inc. ever since I first heard about it and after loving Girl v. Boy, Sandy and Yvonne's previous collaboration together, I just knew I would enjoy this novel... and I was so right. And don't let the light, happy cover fool you because there is definitely more to this novel than meets the eye! When Zahra, Kalie, and Syd first meet in group counseling, *I won this novel from the authors through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.* I've been really looking forward to reading Love, Inc. ever since I first heard about it and after loving Girl v. Boy, Sandy and Yvonne's previous collaboration together, I just knew I would enjoy this novel... and I was so right. And don't let the light, happy cover fool you because there is definitely more to this novel than meets the eye! When Zahra, Kalie, and Syd first meet in group counseling, sent there to help deal with their parent's failed marriages, they don't expect to have anything in common... and least of all, not the same boyfriend. Angry and out for a little bit of revenge, the three girls band together to serve some justice to the boy who broke their hearts. So when Project Payback is a mission success, the girls think that's that and will attempt to move on... but word travels fast and soon the girls have clients in need of some relationship help. Reconnaissance, mediation, revenge and even match-making... these girls will do it all, for a certain fair price of course. Zahra, Kali and Syd have such different personalities yet their friendship is completely palpable. It was wonderful to see their friendship bloom over the course of the novel from complete strangers to a close knit of friends who were just like family. Kali's fun and flirty, and although seeing her mother's many divorces have stopped her from having a true relationship with someone, she's always the hopeful, bubbly one. Syd is more of the tough girl, but behind this facade, she's lonely and throws herself into art with passion while also caring for her dog Banksy. And then there's Zahra with her dreams of one day becoming a celebrity pastry chef ... and she's sort of the middle ground between them all. The story is told solely from Zahra's point of view and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Compared to Kali and Syd, she sort of thinks of herself as just an average girl even though she's anything but; she's struggling with her own identity and heritage as she deals with a broken heart. She believes that a great deal of why her parents separated were their two completely different cultures; her father's Scottish background and her mother's Pakistani one. And with her mother's parents visiting from Pakistan and staying at their home, she feels this is the case more than ever. She feels torn between two worlds and is unsure how to stick true to herself without disappointing anyone. Watching as Zahra slowly comes to accept herself was just another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed about this novel! Moving on to something lighter... there is some pretty awesome relationship advice given in this novel! Kali, Syd, and Zahra may have had their own problems with love but they're sure good at giving advice to others. And I must of course mention Brody... his steady bantering with Zahra was a source of constant amusement for me! He also offered some useful and insightful advice to the girls as well, proving he was much more than just a pretty face. Love, Inc. goes beyond being just a light read. It may be humourous with plenty of laugh out loud moments, but it's also a novel about the tribulations of love and family... and how friendships can arise from the most unexpected circumstances. It really does have a bit of everything!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh {K-Books}

    Posted on K-Books http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/2011/09... First of all I just want to say a big thank you to Allison and Busby Publishing for sending me a review copy of this book. When I received this for review I couldn't wait to start it. I am a huge fan of chic lit books and it sounded like such a great story. I was not disappointed in any way at all. Zhara has the perfect boyfriend. Rico is sweet, loving and completely supports her in all of her dreams. It seems like everything is finally goin Posted on K-Books http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/2011/09... First of all I just want to say a big thank you to Allison and Busby Publishing for sending me a review copy of this book. When I received this for review I couldn't wait to start it. I am a huge fan of chic lit books and it sounded like such a great story. I was not disappointed in any way at all. Zhara has the perfect boyfriend. Rico is sweet, loving and completely supports her in all of her dreams. It seems like everything is finally going right for her and he has reinforced her belief in love which has started to dwindle after her parent's split. But when she is forced to go to group counselling with other teens dealing with their parents split she meets Kali and Syd. a.k.a Rico's other two girlfriends, Kali is upset, Zhara is devastated but Syd is downright heartbroken. The unlikely trio band together to get back at him and what starts as a payback mission turns into an unlikely business and a very close friendship. As the girls help others with their love lives can they finally get over Rico and find their own happy ending? I absolutely loved this book, there are no other words for how amazing it is. I love Zhara, she is just one of the best lead female characters in a book. She's devastated when she finds out about her 'perfect' boyfriends infidelity but she still managed to carry on and not let it get her down too much. I think she is the perfect role model for teenage girls whom this book is aimed at, I think she's awesome. I loved the other 2 lead girls as well but Zhara was out narrator so naturally I liked her better as you see everything she is feeling and you see the story through her eyes. This book had me close to tears and laughing hysterically. I love that you see different cultures, her grandparents Pakistani roots mixed with her american customs she has grown up with and I loved seeing that as a side story. It's kind of like an identity crisis and she doesn't know what to do. I would hate to have a grandmother like hers, I honestly don't know how she coped with it but every scene her grandmother was in I was in hysterics laughing so much as the outrageous things she was doing. I loved most of the characters and I loved the crazy things the girls got up to while going about their 'business'. This book is definitely about love, and anyone who is a sucker for a love story like me will not be disappointed but mainly it's about friendship and the power of friendship. It's a great uplifting story that shows no matter what happens at home and what walks of life you are from your family and friends are the most important thing. I love this book and I will most definitely check out the authors other books. A great fun read that will have you laughing all the way through. I am so glad I got this for review and I would definitely read it again and again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Siti

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3rd QUARTER SITI HM KHAIRI Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins 409 pages Hyperion $16.99 ISBN 1423131150 Kali, Syd and Zahra have the best boyfriends in the world. Correction: Kali, Syd and Zahra have the best BOYFRIEND (no "s") in the world. It was of little known fact that these three ladies of the opposite spectrum have the same taste in guys AND happen to have the same boyfriend. Wait, what? Kali, Syd and Zahra are put into a church therapy session due to the separation of their parents. As if that was har 3rd QUARTER SITI HM KHAIRI Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins 409 pages Hyperion $16.99 ISBN 1423131150 Kali, Syd and Zahra have the best boyfriends in the world. Correction: Kali, Syd and Zahra have the best BOYFRIEND (no "s") in the world. It was of little known fact that these three ladies of the opposite spectrum have the same taste in guys AND happen to have the same boyfriend. Wait, what? Kali, Syd and Zahra are put into a church therapy session due to the separation of their parents. As if that was hard enough, Rick/Rico/Eric was cheating on them with each other. They're now forced to work together for their therapy project and plan an official payback for Rick/Rico/Eric. But with sweet revenge comes an unexpected friendship AND business. With their successful epic payback, people have started to turn to them for advice. And soon, Kali, Syd, and Zahra form an unlikely "framily" and a secret on-demand joint business on how to make or break a relationship. Matchmaking? Mediation? Surveillance? Revenge anyone? Step right up! 'Cause like they said, "Your relationship is our business". I would definitely recommend this book to teenage girls. It is a realistic fiction book on relationships and teen drama. It is also a morally driven story that teaches you a lot about how life works from relationships, family, friends, success, betrayal and hopeless love. And it shows that even though you think you can't survive through an ordeal, it may surprise you who would pick you back up and keep you from falling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)

    Zahara Ahmed-MacDuff's parents are separated and Rico has been the one thing--well, guy--holding her together. When she's sentenced to do group therapy with other teens that are in her situation (parents divorced or separated), she meets Kali and Syd, two girls who share one thing in common with Zahara--Rico who is also known as Rick although his real name is Eric. Yes, he's been playing all three of them along and once they find out, they decide to get revenge. Although originally intended to j Zahara Ahmed-MacDuff's parents are separated and Rico has been the one thing--well, guy--holding her together. When she's sentenced to do group therapy with other teens that are in her situation (parents divorced or separated), she meets Kali and Syd, two girls who share one thing in common with Zahara--Rico who is also known as Rick although his real name is Eric. Yes, he's been playing all three of them along and once they find out, they decide to get revenge. Although originally intended to just teach Eric a lesson, they decide to make a business out of it. Want to know if your boyfriend or girlfriend has been cheating on you? Need someone to negotiate a break-up? Look no further than Love, Inc. However, the real question is whether or not the girls will be able to move on after the whole Rico/Rick/Eric fiasco. I love that Zahara is a baker and dreams of having her own television show--she's already planned to entitle it as "The Sweet Tooth"--and that both Kali and Syd are also very unique characters. More importantly, if it hadn't been for group therapy, they wouldn't have met and thus wouldn't have become such an amazing trio. I think that my favorite part about Love, Inc. would have to be not knowing who Zahara would end up with until--roughly--the last fifth of the book. Was it going to be Andrew? Riaz? Brody? The book really builds and in my opinion, everything that was mentioned in the book as well as the minor characters played an important role in bringing the storyline together. Although I will force myself to admit that I didn't care too much for Riaz and that I felt that Andrew's reaction was a little strong. I won't tell you more than that though as it could be considered spoilers--and well, you know how I feel about those. However, I really did enjoy reading Love, Inc. and if you're looking for a light read, this might be it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Clark

    Zahra's stuck between splitting parents. That's bad enough, but her Pakistani grandparents have arrived for an extended stay and are driving her crazy as they turn her mom into some sort of squishy religious stranger. To add insult to injury, she's been sentenced to group therapy because her estranged parents can't communicate with her and think that therapy will fix, by proxy, the mess they created and can't deal with. The group is a mix of boys and girls, all of whom have unstable and/or divor Zahra's stuck between splitting parents. That's bad enough, but her Pakistani grandparents have arrived for an extended stay and are driving her crazy as they turn her mom into some sort of squishy religious stranger. To add insult to injury, she's been sentenced to group therapy because her estranged parents can't communicate with her and think that therapy will fix, by proxy, the mess they created and can't deal with. The group is a mix of boys and girls, all of whom have unstable and/or divorcing parents. There's cynicism aplenty and at first, very little mutual support. When Zahra, Kali and Syd all realize they've been dating the same guy, they suddenly have a target to focus all their anger and frustration. Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick loves his fancy rebuilt car, so the girls hatch a plot to trash and befoul Miss Daisy as he calls his ride. Their scheme is not only well done, but the description as they complete it is funny as heck. Word gets around and it isn't long before the three girls realize there's plenty of money to be made exacting revenge for other kids, but why stop there. It doesn't take long for them to start taking on spying assignments for other teens who suspect their significant other is cheating on them. It's just a skip and a hop from this to facilitating breakups and finding the perfect match for teens floundering in the dating pool. Too bad Zahra can't find her own hottie, even though a perfect match is right under her nose. Toss in more and more stress from her grandparents, worry over what's happening to her younger sister, some jobs that go too well and a few that go bad, plus a dog in desperate need of a pacemaker and you have one great read. Teens who like a smart, sassy and funny romance will eat this book up in a couple sessions. It's definitely one to add to any library that likes to provide teens with good reading material.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Love Inc is one of those books who girls who love romantic contemporary fiction will devour eagerly and be left wanting more about the three main character and their madcap adventures. The story revolves around three girls who meet at therapy. They're there because of their divorced or divorcing parents to ensure they don't go off the rails and when they meet they find out they have a whole lot more in common. It turns out they have all been seeing the same boy who has been willingly triple-timin Love Inc is one of those books who girls who love romantic contemporary fiction will devour eagerly and be left wanting more about the three main character and their madcap adventures. The story revolves around three girls who meet at therapy. They're there because of their divorced or divorcing parents to ensure they don't go off the rails and when they meet they find out they have a whole lot more in common. It turns out they have all been seeing the same boy who has been willingly triple-timing them. Rather than turning against each other they put their heads together and do something together to teach him a lesson. The stunt they pull becomes infamous and off the back of it the girls form their own business called "Love Inc" set up to help others deal with all their relationship issues both positive and negative. The beauty of this book is the relationship built up between the three main characters who start as virtual strangers but end up as the best of friends despite the fact they are all totally different personalities. The story managed to be both funny and heartfelt all the way through. The story would also appeal to a a good mix of different girls as the main characters were so diverse. All in all a relly sweet story which a nice and easy read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nely

    Imagine finding out that your boyfriend, Rico, not only has one other girlfriend - but two. Syd is dating “Eric”, Kali goes out with “Rick" but in the end, they are all Zahra's Rico. What I found funny about the whole thing was how eclectic Rico's tastes were. Each girl was the total opposite of each other, yet somehow they strike a friendship and create Love, Inc. I think the Collins / Rideout team did a fabulous job in Zahra (our narrator). She's down to earth, smart, funny and her friends Syd Imagine finding out that your boyfriend, Rico, not only has one other girlfriend - but two. Syd is dating “Eric”, Kali goes out with “Rick" but in the end, they are all Zahra's Rico. What I found funny about the whole thing was how eclectic Rico's tastes were. Each girl was the total opposite of each other, yet somehow they strike a friendship and create Love, Inc. I think the Collins / Rideout team did a fabulous job in Zahra (our narrator). She's down to earth, smart, funny and her friends Syd and Kali are just as likeable. The way they handle their peers' love troubles are witty and clever and more than once had me laughing out loud. Aside from the lighter feel to the story, there were also some serious topics that were touched upon like growing up with divorced parents, the importance of friendships, accepting oneself, etc. All in all, this was a very charming, fun and satisfying read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yousor

    I loved this book! It was so cute. The characters were all important and the plot clear. The girls found out that they have the same boyfriend, so they want revenge. The girls revenge were such a success that people are coming to them for help. The girls decide to help them. That's when Love, Inc. is born The story was written from Zahra's point of view but you got to know Syd and Kali very well. While the girls helped people with their releationships, the girls had to deal with their own. My favo I loved this book! It was so cute. The characters were all important and the plot clear. The girls found out that they have the same boyfriend, so they want revenge. The girls revenge were such a success that people are coming to them for help. The girls decide to help them. That's when Love, Inc. is born The story was written from Zahra's point of view but you got to know Syd and Kali very well. While the girls helped people with their releationships, the girls had to deal with their own. My favorite character in this book was Brody. He was so cute and sweet! This is a perfect summer read. If you haven't read it yet, do that. It's really awesome!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela

    This was more of a younger YA, if that makes sense. I flew through it and it was fun to read. However, It's not that deep and meaningful. Something nice ans easy, and there's nothing wrong with that. If you enjoyed The Karma Club check this one out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophie (seesophieread)

    I didn’t have very high expectations for this. I really just wanted a light and fun book for spring break, and that’s exactly what I got!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I didn’t love this book at first but it got better and I really like how the author really connected it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Galion Public Library Teens

    Review by P.R. : "I like how even though there were problems the girls had, there was still a happy ending."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Carol

    A good book about friendship. Not really the amount of love I wanted from a book with "love" in the title.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linhlynn Hoang

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good but the love interest borderline felt abusive to me (I know it's biased but still>.<) The actual love/revenge cases were fun though :D

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nola Byrum

    Really good! Super cute story, although I didn't love some of the messages it had. A big theme was revenge, and how its good to get revenge on boys who cheat on you. Not a great message for teen girls. Also, one character strongly believes that love doesn't last, which is so wrong. Liked: -Cute story -Easy read -Light -Fun Disliked: -Bad messages -Some language, though nothing too strong -Some innuendo Read it, but go into it knowing that not all of its messages are good. OK for ages 10-14

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    3.5 (I rounded up) This is my second (first) Collins & Rideout novel and once again the theme here is girl-who-complains-about-not-being-very-pretty and yet she manages to get ALL THE GUYS. It's completely baffling because it's not even as if she suddenly became more confident and therefore more guys start to sit up and take notice of her. I couldn't help but roll my eyes every time a new guy began flirting with her and/or asked her out because hey she was supposed to be mousy and nothing 'sp 3.5 (I rounded up) This is my second (first) Collins & Rideout novel and once again the theme here is girl-who-complains-about-not-being-very-pretty and yet she manages to get ALL THE GUYS. It's completely baffling because it's not even as if she suddenly became more confident and therefore more guys start to sit up and take notice of her. I couldn't help but roll my eyes every time a new guy began flirting with her and/or asked her out because hey she was supposed to be mousy and nothing 'special'. And *(view spoiler)[* Do couples really give one week anniversary presents? That's a bit much to me, but that could just be because I don't really keep track of anniversaries. (hide spoiler)] The other thing that really bothered me was the age of the girls. They were sophomores, Zahra was fifteen but they acted like they were juniors or seniors. It just didn't make sense to me that girls so young would have gone threw almost every single relationship problem one can experience in high school. I was really skeptical as to how well Kali's matchmaking formula worked that was the only part of the business that seemed highly implausible to me. Granted there are people who love to match make (hello Emma) but that doesn't mean they are always going to be good at it. Kali's system wasn't always perfect which I liked but it was a very vague process as to how exactly she calculated their compatibility. Surprisingly this was one book I didn't mind not having the perspectives of all the main characters. Zahra best describes the three girls' personalities "Kali bubbles over with options, so if she were in charge of mediation, no one would stay together long. She's a 'grass is always greener' type, I'm a 'look how green this grass is' type, and Syd's a 'torch the lawn' type. The balance works for us" (pg. 263), and they become fully vibrant characters through her narration. Syd and Kali's stories were fully explored, I finished the book feeling as though I fully understood each of the three girls as well as the minor characters. It's a long book and sometimes I would put it down and forget to pick it back up but I never felt lost upon resuming it and the pace was good. The story is highly entertaining, the methods of revenge are mostly realistic and quite impressive in how easily they could be replicated in real life as are the other aspects of the business except for the matchmaking. The meditation process made a lot of sense, sometimes all relationships need is a person in the middle to help bring them to their senses. And as harsh as the break up service seemed, sometimes it was handled better than what the other person might have done. Love, Inc is a diverting read that isn't sickeningly sick, instead it's the right mix of lighthearted fun combined with accessible, genuine lessons about crushes and relationships. A bonus was the fact that Zahra was half Pakistani but her heritage wasn't the center of the plot, instead it focused on her relationship business that she started with Syd and Kali. She does complain a lot about her Scottish red hair and not feeling like a fully fledged MOT (Member of the Tribe) but she worries that her mother's parents who are visiting from Pakistan want to keep her newly separated parents apart permanently. Therefore she does everything in her power to resist her grandparents efforts to make her fully embrace her heritage, she doesn't want it to seem like shes betraying her dad's heritage and giving up on their marriage. I also loved how the setting of Austin, Texas was like a fourth main character which I love especially because I know little about Texas. Austin sounds like a vibrant, entertaining and artful city. I definitely recommend this story for the summer, not too heavy but not too light and if you liked John Tucker Must Die, you will really like this book. PS This quote amused me and also gave me something to think about "'You're getting brainwashed and you don't even know it. Pretty soon they'll have you wrapped up in a sari and on a plane to Karachi. They'll marry you off to the first old guy who offers a decent dowry.' 'Zahra! You're like a racist or something.' [Saliyah-Zahra's sister] 'It's not racism when you're mocking your own culture'" (pg. 133). Hmm is it or isn't it? I'm inclined to agree with her but I'm not 100% sure how I feel about mocking your own culture. Especially because someone will inevitably complain that that's 'not fair'.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout was such a fun read. I loved it! It was just exactly what I needed. A lot of cute and funny with just enough seriousness and depth tossed in that I didn't find myself bored or rolling my eyes. Zahara was a great character. She is intelligent, motivated and loving, but she's got a lot to learn about life as well. I thought that the authors here gave us a great mixture of confiden Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout was such a fun read. I loved it! It was just exactly what I needed. A lot of cute and funny with just enough seriousness and depth tossed in that I didn't find myself bored or rolling my eyes. Zahara was a great character. She is intelligent, motivated and loving, but she's got a lot to learn about life as well. I thought that the authors here gave us a great mixture of confidence and uncertainty. Zahara is in high school, which is always rough. But, add in that it's a brand new high school, which means she needs all new friends and her parents are going through a separation and it's easy to see why she's having a hard time, and why she's so happy to spend time with Rico, her new boyfriend. I loved watching Zahara try to regain control of her world. She tends to utilize extreme thinking, swinging from one extremity to the other swiftly, which I thought was perfectly suited to her character. One of my favorite moments was when she decided she was going to take control of her parenting, demote her parents to a back seat role, and just not tell them. :) When her parents force her into group therapy for kids whose families are going through a split, she's not expecting to gain anything from the 'experience'. But instead of spending a miserable hour with a bunch of weirdos once a week, Zahara discovers two of the best friends a girl could have- and who knew?! The three girls are, at first glance, completely opposite and ill suited for friendship. Zahara, Syd and Kali each have their own issues to work through, but when they realize that the same guy has been playing all three of them, they decide to work out at least one of their issues together, and all sorts of wonderful mayhem ensues. And can I just add that I love the idea of 'framily'? It just worked! I'll admit that there were times when the plot was a little predictable. I saw several big events coming from a long way off, but I found myself completely okay with that. I never knew exactly how the events would develop and I was enjoying the characters so much I was completely okay with knowing a bit of what's coming up. I think I've heard mention of a sequel to this in the works, and I have mixed feelings about it. I can see where the authors have room for a sequel, and I even think I know a few of the things that might happen. On the one hand, I definitely feel like this novel could easily stand alone, and a large part of me feels that it should be left to stand alone. I got a great sense of closure and ending from the story, and believe that things are going to work out well for these great people, but that actually needing to read about how they get there would ruin it for me. The other part of me would love to read what else these girls get themselves into, and how they work out more of what's got them down. And really, it's not like they actually learned their lessons the first time around. :) I'm sure I'll end up reading the sequel if what I've heard is true, and there really are plans for the second. I can only hope I like the sequel as much I enjoyed the first.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)

    The main character Zahra is going through a little rough patch. Her grandparents from Pakistan show up and all of a sudden her parent's relationship is on the rocks and Zahra finds herself in group therapy. Baking and Rico seem to be the only two things keeping her sane. However, once she meets Kali and Syd, Zahra finds herself some unlikely confidants. The three, oddly matched friends soon find that they have one little thing in common; His name is Eric, or Rico, or Rick; it just depends on wha The main character Zahra is going through a little rough patch. Her grandparents from Pakistan show up and all of a sudden her parent's relationship is on the rocks and Zahra finds herself in group therapy. Baking and Rico seem to be the only two things keeping her sane. However, once she meets Kali and Syd, Zahra finds herself some unlikely confidants. The three, oddly matched friends soon find that they have one little thing in common; His name is Eric, or Rico, or Rick; it just depends on what girl he happens to be with at the moment. When these girls come up with a plan of revenge, they have no idea it would change their lives forever. Soon the idea of Love, Inc. is born and with that comes a big list of changes. The girls ultimately learn to be better friends as well as great entrepreneurs! Zahra along with her two supporting characters, Kali and Syd, are three girls that will stay with me for a long time. Zahra is sweet, always thinking of and doing for someone else. She is the type of character that is endearingly nerdy but so kick-butt at the same time. I wish I could say I was half as awesome as her. Her two best friends, Kali and Syd are two peas from two VERY DIFFERENT pods. Kali comes across as the pretty, talented, tree-hugging, airhead. However, she is strong, smart, and has a lot of great ideas when it comes to their little business. Syd is a girl who one would call an onion. She has lots of layers. Syd comes off as tough and very "I hate the whole world" however, she is just hurt by her parents and Eric and she really just doesn't know how to deal. I love all three of these characters! Yvonne and Sandy did a superb job sticking to the right personalities. I was able to see the characters grow an exceptional amount throughout the book without losing sight of who they really were. The title of the book, Love, Inc., would lose a lot of importance if it weren't for a little romance, right? Well this book sure has it! After their initial act as a group, revenge on the ex-boyfriend, the three girls actually spend a lot of time trying to fix up couples. There were so many relationship issues touched upon on this book; I found it really interesting and entertaining how they all coped with each individual issue. Aside from fixing up couples, Zahra finds herself in a romance, or two, or three. First there is Riaz, the apple of Zahra's grandmother's eye. He is Pakistan, cute, confident, and just the type of boy you bring home to mommy. After things fizzle with Riaz, there is Andrew. He is your perfect, preppy guy; athletic, good-looking, and nice. Sadly, things didn't work out with Andrew either. Just when Zahra is about to give up for good (a position that MANY teen girls have found themselves in), Kali mentions her older, extremely good-looking brother, Brody. Regardless of his annoying confidence and irritating remarks, Zahra can't seem to get him out of her mind. But after watching their parent's failed relationships as well as seeing theirs go down the drain, will these girls be able to move on and find live again? I recommend this great little book to most girls, especially if you are fans of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg! Definitely a very cute book dealing with boys, heartbreak, revenge, and finding love again. (Yes, I found it very reminiscent of that book, and I mean that in the best way possible!)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Krista Basilio

    his was such a lighthearted, smooth read that I thought was pretty good! And the title “Love, Inc.” is super catchy (not to mention the cover art looks awesome). The main character Zahra is going through a little rough patch. Her grandparents from Pakistan show up and all of a sudden her parent's relationship is on the rocks and Zahra finds herself in group therapy. Baking and Rico seem to be the only two things keeping her sane. However, once she meets Kali and Syd, Zahra finds herself some unli his was such a lighthearted, smooth read that I thought was pretty good! And the title “Love, Inc.” is super catchy (not to mention the cover art looks awesome). The main character Zahra is going through a little rough patch. Her grandparents from Pakistan show up and all of a sudden her parent's relationship is on the rocks and Zahra finds herself in group therapy. Baking and Rico seem to be the only two things keeping her sane. However, once she meets Kali and Syd, Zahra finds herself some unlikely confidants. The three, oddly matched friends soon find that they have one little thing in common; His name is Eric, or Rico, or Rick; it just depends on what girl he happens to be with at the moment. When these girls come up with a plan of revenge, they have no idea it would change their lives forever. Soon the idea of Love, Inc. is born and with that comes a big list of changes. The girls ultimately learn to be better friends as well as great entrepreneurs! Zahra along with her two supporting characters, Kali and Syd, are three girls that will stay with me for a long time. Zahra is sweet, always thinking of and doing for someone else. She is the type of character that is endearingly nerdy but so kick-butt at the same time. I wish I could say I was half as awesome as her. Her two best friends, Kali and Syd are two peas from two VERY DIFFERENT pods. Kali comes across as the pretty, talented, tree-hugging, airhead. However, she is strong, smart, and has a lot of great ideas when it comes to their little business. Syd is a girl who one would call an onion. She has lots of layers. Syd comes off as tough and very "I hate the whole world" however, she is just hurt by her parents and Eric and she really just doesn't know how to deal. I love all three of these characters! Yvonne and Sandy did a superb job sticking to the right personalities. I was able to see the characters grow an exceptional amount throughout the book without losing sight of who they really were. The title of the book, Love, Inc., would lose a lot of importance if it weren't for a little romance, right? Well this book sure has it! After their initial act as a group, revenge on the ex-boyfriend, the three girls actually spend a lot of time trying to fix up couples. There were so many relationship issues touched upon on this book; I found it really interesting and entertaining how they all coped with each individual issue. Aside from fixing up couples, Zahra finds herself in a romance, or two, or three. First there is Riaz, the apple of Zahra's grandmother's eye. He is Pakistan, cute, confident, and just the type of boy you bring home to mommy. After things fizzle with Riaz, there is Andrew. He is your perfect, preppy guy; athletic, good-looking, and nice. Sadly, things didn't work out with Andrew either. Just when Zahra is about to give up for good (a position that MANY teen girls have found themselves in), Kali mentions her older, extremely good-looking brother, Brody. Regardless of his annoying confidence and irritating remarks, Zahra can't seem to get him out of her mind. But after watching their parent's failed relationships as well as seeing theirs go down the drain, will these girls be able to move on and find live again? I recommend this great little book to most girls. Definitely a very cute book dealing with boys, heartbreak, revenge, and finding love again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Big Book Little Book

    Zahra Ahmed-Macduff is a ‘Scotistani’ Texan, half Scottish and half Pakistani, 15 year old high school girl who ends up in group therapy, (affectionately termed ‘Crazy Class’) along with other teens who are not handling their parents’ separation well. Zahra blames her situation on her Pakistani grandparents, who are staying indefinitely and are very antagonistic towards her father. Just as she feels her life can’t get any worse, she discovers her boyfriend’s been cheating on her with two of the Zahra Ahmed-Macduff is a ‘Scotistani’ Texan, half Scottish and half Pakistani, 15 year old high school girl who ends up in group therapy, (affectionately termed ‘Crazy Class’) along with other teens who are not handling their parents’ separation well. Zahra blames her situation on her Pakistani grandparents, who are staying indefinitely and are very antagonistic towards her father. Just as she feels her life can’t get any worse, she discovers her boyfriend’s been cheating on her with two of the girls she has met at group therapy – Kali and Syd. The three of them decide to take revenge on Rico, aka Rick, aka Eric and form a strong friendship into the bargain. The revenge plan and subsequent actions result in the three girls forming a business together. Love, Inc. provides; mediation services, surveillance, break-up management, matchmaking, relationship coaching and revenge – all for a price! Through word of mouth the cash soon starts pouring in, and whilst each of the girls seem to be achieving strong results in their own areas of Love, Inc. expertise, none of them seem to be making any headway in their own personal and relationship issues within their home environments. The story is narrated by Zahra, who constantly struggles with self-esteem and her multi-cultural background as she compares herself to the artfully talented, if somewhat loner - Syd and the pretty, musically minded and confident Kali. However, she builds on her confidence through their business and her skill at relationship mediation – something she has also found herself tied up in within her own personal family situation. Zahra dreams of being a celebrity chef one day and one of her coping strategies with her home life is to fantasise about having her own television show, which she would entitle “The Sweet Tooth” and she uses these fantasies throughout the book in various humorous ways as she feels “Everything’s Better with a Little Sugar” – her self-claimed motto! Whilst the book is written from Zahra’s perspective, Kali and Syd are fantastic characters in their own right and the three of them together provide an entertaining if somewhat fluffy teenage read! It’s fairly well written with some light-hearted humour and the usual love interests along the way, not to mention the added interest Syd’s dog Banksy, brings to the mix! Love, Inc. provides the reader, as well as the girls, with a great escape. The cultural differences are handled well and whilst Zahra struggles initially with her Pakistani grandparents, a heart to heart with her Grandmother helps her to come to terms with their concerns and understand her family background, which in turn of course, helps her to move forward with her own personal and family issues. Verdict: Perhaps a little long, certain aspects seemed to be dragged out a little, although saying that I’m not sure how it could have been reduced. Overall, a fun and humorous read which tackled subjects such as religion and parental separation in an interesting and informative manner. Jane : http://bigbooklittlebook.blogspot.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Ehlers

    Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters: http://paranormalsisters.blogspot.com... A perfect summers read that's great for all ages. It's cute, laugh out loud funny, and not to over the top girly for my taste. Just the right blend thanks to the three main girls, Zahra, Syd, Kali. Under the point of view of Zarha you get to go for a ride with her as her parents decide to send her to group therapy for kids with divorced parents, also call transition, just because of a little unfortunate event, which Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters: http://paranormalsisters.blogspot.com... A perfect summers read that's great for all ages. It's cute, laugh out loud funny, and not to over the top girly for my taste. Just the right blend thanks to the three main girls, Zahra, Syd, Kali. Under the point of view of Zarha you get to go for a ride with her as her parents decide to send her to group therapy for kids with divorced parents, also call transition, just because of a little unfortunate event, which takes place at her fathers house, that got way blown out of proportion. So, here she has to talk about her feelings, her home life, and how much her parents spilt effects her own relationships. Intense, right? And not only that, but she has to go on a stupid scavenger hunt as homework..more like punishment. And all for what....well, you'll see. Split up in two groups of three, she gets to see how Syd and Kali live and socialize out in the real world. But because of this stupid scavenger hunt (thanks a lot Dieter) she actually gets something out of it, two new friends. Which she needed thanks to her moving out of her moms and goes to live with her dad. And the reason for her move was mostly because she got kicked out of her own room thanks to her grandparents, that have taken over the house and brainwashed her mom. Now, I'm not going to say much about what this book is about because...well, pretty much its explained in the details up top, but...I will talk about a few things that aren't mention. Don't worry I won't spoil much. Promise :). The revenge against Eric, a.k.a Rico, a.k.a Rick was pretty sweet. I would have died if that happen to my....I guess you'll have to read to find out. These two ladies, the authors, have worked together before and you could tell if you read one of their books before. I'm talking about Girl v. Boy, because they like to add a lot of love interest for the main character. But in the end I was so happy with whom she ended up with. I've known since they first meet, lol. Sorry for long post, I'll try to wrap it up soon. Because of this book I got to learn of a new culture. I love the books cover, it's cute and it's got a food truck. Which I'm really into now because of the Great Food Truck Race. And I love Zahra's hair color. On the cover it doesn't seem like the right color but oh well, I've got a curtain vision of her in my head. Just like we all do when we start to read about new characters. The only thing that kind of annoyed me was the she thought she was in love and she's on like, fifteen. It's probably cause were naive at that age and what not. But, I don't it bugged me. Definitly since she's been only dating him for a couple of months, I don't, maybe cause I've never fallen in love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    So far, this book has been both great and kind of boring. I've found that there are some scenes I can read the whole way through, and some scenes that I just end up skimming really fast. I like the scenes where the girls are doing work for Love, Inc., and a few others, but most of the scenes with Zahra's family and the group therapy are just really tiresome to me because they don't seem to add to the plot. In fact, so far, it doesn't seem to HAVE a plot at all. It's chick lit, which, apparently, m So far, this book has been both great and kind of boring. I've found that there are some scenes I can read the whole way through, and some scenes that I just end up skimming really fast. I like the scenes where the girls are doing work for Love, Inc., and a few others, but most of the scenes with Zahra's family and the group therapy are just really tiresome to me because they don't seem to add to the plot. In fact, so far, it doesn't seem to HAVE a plot at all. It's chick lit, which, apparently, means it's just going to rant about this one girl and all the mall trips she takes and all of the outing she has with her friends and all of the random conversations she has with irrelevant boys. It starts out promising - oh no, it turns out her boyfriend is also dating two other girls! Le gasp! Then they get a beautiful revenge on the guy, and they're like, "Hey, we should make this revenge thing a business." After that, it just gets really monotonous - then they get revenge on someone, then they counsel some people on their relationship, then Zahra talks about how annoying her grandparents are, then they break up some people who hire them to break them up (who does that?), then they go to group therapy and the guys are pervs, then Syd does some art and has a dog, and did we mention that Kali is super gorgeous? .... It's not like some parts aren't interesting. This book has really, really good characters and character development and character motives and interesting character qualities... I could rant forever about the amazingness of these characters. (Syd. Omigod, Syd.) but these characters hardly ever do anything similar to a plot. Yes, they do things. Yes, these things are interesting. Yes, these things show depth and insight into their characters. But none of the events are really related to each other or particularly important. Everything that happens seems like a side plot, not a real storyline. I'm more than halfway through, and nothing dramatic or even vaguely plot-like has happened. There are conflicts (Zahra blames her grandparents for her parent's breakup, all three girls are upset about Eric/Rick/Rico, Zahra sort of wants a relationship but not really, etc.), but nobody is particularly emphasizing any of these conflicts or attempting to solve them. Maybe I'm just too used to really fast-paced, dramatic novels with explosions and genetic mutations and wizards and all of that. This book just seems a bit pointless to me. Maybe it'll end with Zahra finding new love... or maybe someone will move away and it will be sort of sad... or maybe it will just end in the middle of everything with nothing particularly exciting going on. I don't know. I literally have no idea where this book is trying to go.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christianne

    Zahra Ahmed-MacDuff gets remanded to group therapy after her father finds her making out with her new beau Rico while a fire threatens to burn down the kitchen. Zahra is a "Scotistani" Texan, half Scottish and half Pakistani, and high school sophomore who, along with the other teens in group therapy, is not handling the separation of her parents well. She blames it all on her Pakistani grandparents, who are on an extended visit and are very antagonistic towards Zahra's father. But just when she Zahra Ahmed-MacDuff gets remanded to group therapy after her father finds her making out with her new beau Rico while a fire threatens to burn down the kitchen. Zahra is a "Scotistani" Texan, half Scottish and half Pakistani, and high school sophomore who, along with the other teens in group therapy, is not handling the separation of her parents well. She blames it all on her Pakistani grandparents, who are on an extended visit and are very antagonistic towards Zahra's father. But just when she thinks life can't get more miserable, she discovers that Rico's been cheating on her with two other girls in her therapy group. Heartbroken, Syd, Kali and Zahra put their differences aside to take revenge on Rico (aka Rick and Eric)and create a friendship in the bargain. The adrenaline rush they get from the payback leads them to the idea for a start-up business, Love, Inc. Services include relationship counseling, matchmaking, and private investigating. Though their high on success and the cash the business is raking in, the girls can't seem to take their own relationship advice or solve seemingly intractable problems at home. I enjoyed this book very much. Three smart, witty, and strong teen girls are creating a friendship their different personalities and troubled lives. The dialogue is crackling and is balanced with just the right amount of reflection and exposition. A great book for teen girls. A little romance plus revenge that we've all fantasized when our relationships have gone sour. Sure their relationship insights and business skills are more likely possessed by older adults than by high school teens, but because you like and care for the characters, it works. There are many doses of reality too as the girls' face problems at home. Love Inc. provides the girls, and the reader, with a great escape. Zahra, the main character,reveals her struggles with self-esteem as she compares herself to arty, fierce Syd and spunky, beautiful Kali. But her confidence is building as she embraces her mediation skills and pursues her dream of being a celebrity chef. It's not a one-dimensional teen romance either. Zahra, the product of a Scottish-American father and Pakistani Muslim mother, struggles to accept her mother's culture especially since she believes her parents' struggles stem from an extended visit from her Pakistani grandparents. Zahra's grandparents seem a bit like caricatures but they are secondary characters and even their concerns makes sense by the end of the book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow! I was really excited to read Love Inc. because it's my first 2011 debut Canadian author novel of the year. It did not disappoint. While I originally read it for it's Canadian-ness and cute cover, I stuck with it for it's awesome plot. In most contemporary romances boy and girl meet, fall in love, have some sort of problem and overcome it. Not in this book! Zahra dates several boys throughout the novel and is never quite satisfied with them. I rarely see novels where the female doesn't absol Wow! I was really excited to read Love Inc. because it's my first 2011 debut Canadian author novel of the year. It did not disappoint. While I originally read it for it's Canadian-ness and cute cover, I stuck with it for it's awesome plot. In most contemporary romances boy and girl meet, fall in love, have some sort of problem and overcome it. Not in this book! Zahra dates several boys throughout the novel and is never quite satisfied with them. I rarely see novels where the female doesn't absolutely adore her crush/boyfriend so it was refreshing to see such a feminist and strong character that could look at a boy and say "Meh, I can do better". Also in most romances if the boyfriend cheats on the girl she'll just mope around or take him back. Zahra, Kali, and Syd teaming up to take revenge on Eric was awesome! There is a lack of multicultural or coloured characters in YA literature, a fact that has prompted Diversity in YA. I was really excited to read about Zahra's culture and how it influenced her behaviour and relationships. I found it sort of typical that she had rejected most of her Muslim traditions and as a result her overbearing immigrant grandparents tried to force them back on her. I'd love to read a novel with more liberal elders or a character accepting her ethnicity rather than ignoring it. I really appreciated all the details Yvonne & Sandy researched about Islamic festivals and food, it made the novel more realistic. I didn't really understand how Zahra ended up Caucasian with red hair when her Mother is Pakistani and had hoped that it was just a poor cover choice, but it was referenced several times that Zahra was "fair-skinned". Hmm. One of my favourite aspects of the novel was it's humour! While some of the plot was unrealistic or unoriginal, Yvonne & Sandy made up for it in laughable quotes and hilarious scenarios. They took the typically tragic event of a divorce and turned it into an awesome tale of teenage love and payback. Another point that lent well to the humour was a cast of quirky characters. From Zahra's sister Saliyah to Syd's Dad's girlfriend to Dieter the cousellor, there's something for everyone! If you're single, engaged, or recently ex-ified, you'll feel a connection to this awesome story about love and framily.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarai

    I would have given this a 3.5 I did like this book, though it was a little long. I liked the development between the friends. I was not crazy about the revenge part of their work, and the sense that the book doesn't say it's bad to get revenge on someone who cheats on you. SPOILER PARAGRAPH: The girls damage their boyfriend's car when they find out he was dating all three of them. They paint a unicorn on the front, put fish guts in the engine, and slash the tires. Then they put posters advertisin I would have given this a 3.5 I did like this book, though it was a little long. I liked the development between the friends. I was not crazy about the revenge part of their work, and the sense that the book doesn't say it's bad to get revenge on someone who cheats on you. SPOILER PARAGRAPH: The girls damage their boyfriend's car when they find out he was dating all three of them. They paint a unicorn on the front, put fish guts in the engine, and slash the tires. Then they put posters advertising the car for sale. I'm very disappointed that the idea that this was wrong was never introduced. I liked that you did not know who Zahra was going to end up with. I knew who I wanted her to end up with, and it was indeed the person she did end up with, but the way it was written it was kind of hard to tell who she'd really give a chance to. She gave some chances to people where I thought she should have just stayed away from them, but she was also going through a learning process. I also had a problem with the events at the ending. Highly implausible for a book which had beforehand been pretty believable. So I guess what I liked was the friendship that developed between the girls and watching Zahra's love life. :) Product Description Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy. Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they'd felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history... Or so she'd thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways. Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrícia

    RATING: 3 stars Love, Inc is a contemporary YA romance and a perfect beach/ summer read. It was just the light, fluffy read I was looking for after "A Dance with Dragons". Zahra, Kali and Syd have two things in common: their broken families and... their boyfriend! After meeting at a support group for teenagers with divorced or separated parents, the three girls realize that they have all been dating the same boy. He has three different names and leads three separate lives... so Zahra, Kali and Syd RATING: 3 stars Love, Inc is a contemporary YA romance and a perfect beach/ summer read. It was just the light, fluffy read I was looking for after "A Dance with Dragons". Zahra, Kali and Syd have two things in common: their broken families and... their boyfriend! After meeting at a support group for teenagers with divorced or separated parents, the three girls realize that they have all been dating the same boy. He has three different names and leads three separate lives... so Zahra, Kali and Syd decide to teach him a lesson by taking revenge on his car. Afterwards they decide they should help lost couples everywhere and thus 'Love, Inc' is born. Love, Inc is a standard love comedy. Three fifteen year girls are disillusioned with love and relationships after being cheated by one guy and decide to create a 'service' to help other teens with similar problems; they'll spy, mediate and match-make... for a price. There wasn't anything that original about this book and therefore there is little to say. It was a nice read, with tons of romance and some funny situations. The characters are pretty standard for this kind of book (hot guys, cute girls, some bullying jocks, the usual) with Zahra presenting a very lukewarm and sometimes boring version of events. Her romance story was as cliché as they come and I didn't understand why the boy was interested since Zahra was very one-dimensional and not nearly as interesting as Sydney or Kalista, her "partners in crime". The story was predictable (it was pretty easy to figure out who Zahra would end up with). The premise is slightly unrealistic but if you don't think about it, "Love, Inc" is an agreeable read. So, overall: this is another fluffy summer read, perfect for when you want something that will make you smile and can be read quickly. Its story and characters don't exactly stand out but the writing is engaging and well... I suppose it has a cute dog too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Seanean

    http://librarytalker.blogspot.com/201... Zahra's life has always been a little different than everyone else's. Her father is Scottish and her mother is Pakistani, which makes Zahra a red-headed, curry-hating, pastry-cooking, half-Pakistani with a love of baking and a penchant for making cursed cookies that doom her relationships at the first taste. Now that her grandparents have moved in and taken over her room and her parents have separated leaving Zahra with two half-homes and a pair of parents http://librarytalker.blogspot.com/201... Zahra's life has always been a little different than everyone else's. Her father is Scottish and her mother is Pakistani, which makes Zahra a red-headed, curry-hating, pastry-cooking, half-Pakistani with a love of baking and a penchant for making cursed cookies that doom her relationships at the first taste. Now that her grandparents have moved in and taken over her room and her parents have separated leaving Zahra with two half-homes and a pair of parents who never talk, Zahra wants to make things right. Her first attempt at improving her life leads to accidentally setting the kitchen on fire, and that leads her to group therapy, which then leads her to Syd and Kali. In normal times, these three girls would probably never become friends, but things are definitely not normal, especially when they discover that they haven't just been two-timed; they've been three-timed. Eric/Rick/Rico has conned them all and now it's payback time. But what started out as a simple case of revenge turns into a business opportunity for the girls. They create Love, Inc. to help mediate hook-ups and break-ups, make matches, find cheaters, save relationships, and plot revenge. While they fix everyone else's love life, can they fix their own? Final thoughts: This is a basic book with a basic plot. It's not particularly engaging. I often put the book down and forgot about it, which is never a good sign in my opinion. I struggled with the concept that Eric would be cheating with three girls who just happen to be forced into the exact same group therapy session, meeting at the same place, at the same time, in a large city. It strained the bounds of logic. Once past that, the rest of the story has promise and Zahra's voice is nice. Not a book to strongly recommend, but definitely something to hand to girls of mixed heritage who struggle to figure out where they fit.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well I have to say this book kinda made me look back and maybe give a second chance on/to boys. Haha, admittedly the beginning was a tad slow but once it really got into the plot, I couldn't put it down! I love how although the world threw something in these girls' faces they still got up and showed courage and heart. It sounds super cheesey but it made me a bit more optimistic on what my future might hold! The way these girls are, the schemes they planned-it was truly brilliant! And some of the Well I have to say this book kinda made me look back and maybe give a second chance on/to boys. Haha, admittedly the beginning was a tad slow but once it really got into the plot, I couldn't put it down! I love how although the world threw something in these girls' faces they still got up and showed courage and heart. It sounds super cheesey but it made me a bit more optimistic on what my future might hold! The way these girls are, the schemes they planned-it was truly brilliant! And some of the things they said could not have been better scripted, some quotes were just straight clever! I would LOVE to have friends like this...but it seems this idealistic idea only occurs in fiction! Though the new romances given to these girls are definitely adorable! I have to say the budding relationship between Zahra and Brody is giggle-worthy and something I've often faced although never knew the implications from the boy[s] behind it! I guess I'll be a little more attentive next time! I'm glad Kali finally settles-FINDS, settling sounds bad-who can live up to her extremely high expectations. And Syd, ooh that poor girl but she finds Max in the end who has the spunk that she needs :) One thing though, the development of characters seems to mainly focus on Zahra and I understand she's the main character/narrator but the others should be invested in too! What I loved from this book though, was how they got the difficulties of two cultural identities trying to exist in one person. And seeing how things could work out for Zahra, well it gives hope to "someone with two homes" but feeling like an outside for both. It kinda gives hope to someone who feels..different. It sounds super girly and whatnot but it's true! Now, only to find a guy JUST LIKE Brody.. ;)

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