"YOU'RE A FUCKING AMAZING WRITER"
"This is a difficult book to describe, but I mean that as a compliment. There's nothing predictable about the storyline nor the writing style. Heron has fashioned a series of memorable characters and compelling scenes, revealing the truth about "dating" or "relationships" or just plain "f**king." It's all unpredictable, intense, ugly, and addictive. In short, it's truth. I'm a guy, but I still wanted to know more about January as she plows through these different relationships, hurtling towards an ending I did not see coming. I think it is a story, it is writing, worthy of a larger audience. Looking forward to see what future adventures Ms. Heron puts to paper. A truly unique voice--even if I didn't always enjoy what I was hearing."
“Unrequited” tells the story of January Estlin, her obsession with Jack who comes off as bit of a douche and her many alcohol-induced “un-romantic” adventures through the Los Angeles club scene. The story is raw, honest, funny and sad and it is all of these things in an emotionally draining kind of way. Christy Heron’s narrative writing style is very authentic and original, and January Estlin reminds you of a hyperventilating (and very loveable) energizer bunny that is also on steroids. I give “Unrequited” 5 stars and look forward to reading her next story."
"I was quite annoyed at Christy Heron last week. I planned, after a hard week of work, to snuggle in bed on a Friday evening, read her novel, Unrequited, for an hour and get a well-deserved rest. Unfortunately, I simply couldn’t put the bugger down, so she owes me a good few hours’ sleep and an apology to my Saturday morning club for me being so sluggish that day. The positive I suppose is that the somewhat rarity of finding a refreshing and breath-taking narrative was shattered for me that night, because in a word, Unrequited is spectacular.
This exciting and full of life novel tells the story of writer January Estlin, the energetic and naïve anti-romantic heroin as she reflects on her whirl-wind ‘un-romance’ with local Pismonian Jack. Her journey takes us through erotic (and some embarrassing) trysts with the many boyfriends she acquires in the slap-dash and thriving Los Angeles club scene. Relationships and careers, lovers and haters, alcohol and sobriety, a lust that is reciprocated and a love that is unrequited.
Heron deliver’s fantastic descriptions, characterisation and setting as well as a witty and slap in the face narration, with hilarity and humiliation rife. It’s been a while since I read a book so sexy, dark and amusing at the same time and above all- real. She encapsulates the feelings of unrequited love from the very first line to the fantastic ending so much so that after reading it you will utter the words ‘this is me’. An impressive narrative form splits up the novel wonderfully and really makes you want to ‘ration’ the book out, which is a sign of a fantastic novel in my opinion, I’m sure you will agree.
You will fall in love with January and her escapades, just as I did. I honestly can’t say how much I enjoyed this book, so here are a few adjectives for good measure; upbeat, culturally referenced, fresh, cool, almost noir, witty, exciting, erotic, sexy, true, clever, wonderfully American, pumping, bubbly, amusing and well-paced."
"I am probably one of the few women who can't fully relate to January, the main character in this book. For starters, I have no idea what it's like to be a single adult. I have been with the same man (who I am now married to) since I was seventeen years old. So, while I've certainly gone to bars, I've never been there for the purpose of finding anyone, and I've never made a habit of frequenting them either. And January is in love with Jack, a guy who sees her as a friend with benefits. She is hoping for a real, committed relationship with him, while he just wants to have sex with her occasionally and when it's convenient for him. I would never be attracted to a guy like that--he treats her like crap, but honestly, she lets him so she's at fault too. I kept thinking, what in the hell does she see in this guy?? So even though I am very different from January, I still enjoyed reading her story. And there were some things I could relate to - I do know what it's like to have mental health issues (the reasoning is different, however).
I really liked that January was so flawed. It made her a very believable character. Sometimes I get tired of the "strong" female character because let's face it, a lot of us aren't able to be strong all the time. Most of us have gone through periods of weakness and depression, and this book captivates that very well.
I loved Christy Heron's informal writing style - it was truly unique. It was haphazard and a bit crazy, just like January herself. The author shows that there really are no rules for writing--as long as you can convey a good story, that's all that really matters. And that's what she's done. She also wasn't afraid to hold anything back, which I admire as well. This would definitely be a book to avoid if you're prude! But if you don't mind the grittiness of reality, then you'll appreciate this.
While I really liked the ending, I found parts of it to be unrealistic, which was in direct contrast with most of the book. I'm not saying that any of that couldn't happen; I'm just saying that I don't think it's likely for the average person. The majority of the book was very realistic, so the ending was honestly not what I expected.
Another thing that I wanted to point out is that very few people are named in this book. Most of the characters are given nicknames, and that's all they are known by (which was a bit off putting at first when used in dialogue). I found it to be amusing though how all of her boyfriends were numbered as B1, B2, B3, etc.
Overall, this was an entertaining story with a crazy but fun main character. January's kind of slutty, but I could see myself being friends with her! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a really good and unique reading experience!