You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
Publish Date: February 3rd 2011
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought it!
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.
So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.
What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?
Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve’s lost her heart – but to who?
I saw this in a charity shop for something like £1.50, and a few weeks before I had read Unsticky by Sarra Manning and really enjoyed it, so I thought WHY NOT? I read most of YDHTSYLM outside in the sun.
(The sun?? I hear you ask. Yes, indeed, the sun! I even got burnt. So proud! We Brits wear our sun burn like trophies! Did YOU get any sun in YOUR garden? We did! See how burnt I am! Ect ect)
Back to the story.
Neve, I instantly connected with. To be honest, we didn’t really have an awful lot in common, but her ‘voice’ was so engaging and just made me love her. Neve used to be a size 32, but since William moved to LA three years ago, she had been working out, going to the gym, eating less until she gets to a size 10. She is so so SO close to her goal, but she basically has no self esteem.
Her sister convinces her to get some experience in MEN.
This is where Max comes in.
They meet at a bar, and Neve invites him home. Oooh! Great. Story over. Goodnight.
Neve gets a little self conscious and can’t go through with it. Max runs off, never to heard from again. BUT Neves sister, Cecila, works with Max and told Neve that Max felt really guilty and wanted to make sure that she was alright. Neve writes him a letter, which is just the sort of girl she is.
They meet up and sort a few things. A few chapters, and bad dates, later. Neve and Max decided to try and work out a ‘pancake’ relationship between them.
Pancake Relationship, you ask? A boyfriend but with no sex or hand-holding. Which later turns into no hand-holding. Yes, things get steamy!!
I’ve probably made this sound really boring and un-interesting, but I cannot tell you how much I laughed through YDHTSYLM. And this wasn’t a titter in the corner, I laughed so much I had to put the book down. And I giggled madly in front of my family. It’s okay, they know what I’m like.
(Actually there was nearly an awkward moment when Max was getting acquainted with Neve. Translation: Hot dirty sex, and my Mum walked behind me. Eeek!)
I really liked Max’s character, he was funny, charming, and cheeky. I’d marry him in a heartbeat. If I could get him to commit. Ha!
The only thing that remotely annoyed me reading this book was that Neve was always undermining herself and she was a bit naive at times.
Overall, a brilliant read for the summer! I laughed loads and fell in love with the characters.
Sarra Manning has been a fashion, lifestyle and entertainment journalist for over fifteen years. Her writing career started on the music paper, Melody Maker and involved a long stint on the legendary teen mag, Just Seventeen, before she went on to launch and edit Elle Girl and What To Wear, as well as consulting on a number of magazines including The Face, Look and More.
Her first adult novel, Unsticky, was heat magazine’s book of the week and Sarra is also a best-selling teen novelist. Her YA titles include Adorkable, Guitar Girl, the Diary Of A Crush trilogy, Let’s Get Lost, and Nobody’s Girl, which made the shortlist of the BookTrust Teenage Prize in 2010.
Sarra also writes for Grazia, Red, The Guardian, Stylist, Fabulous, Stella, You Magazine, and InStyle.
She lives in North London and prides herself on her unique ability to accessorise.