About the Mushy Love Stuff

If I were a character in a movie, I’d be Jules from My Best Friend’s Wedding (minus the crazy wedding sabotage stuff). My husband says I’m the least sentimental person ever, and my friends openly insist I have more in common with the stereotypical male partner in a relationship. Both my husband and I have forgotten our wedding anniversary on several occasions, reminded only when a switched-on relative has phoned to wish us well. My idea of a romantic gesture is gifting or being gifted with a coffee and a favourite slice of pie* when the other half returns from being out.

Needless to say, of all the books rattling around my head, the last thing I expected to take hold was one involving the mushy love stuff. Then along came romantic lead, Cameron Cricks. Unconventional, infectiously-optimistic Cam has suspended my default cynicism, and leaves me grinning like a goon. Along with his dysfunctional but fiercely-united family, they are educating me on the meaning of true love with a story they insist must be told. Now. Who am I to deny such a worthy cause? Maybe it’s not that I don’t believe in romance. Maybe it’s just that I’m a believer in romance that doesn’t follow the rules, one that needs to forge its own unique path. Regardless, I’m excited to see where this one goes.

Here’s a taste of the emerging playlist keeping me company while Cam’s story unfolds:

Unconventional Love Stories I Adore:

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is Shyness by Leanne Hall


Please feel free to suggest more!


*I must confess after several years of buying my husband what I thought was his favourite slice of pie (strawberry cheesecake), the other day he told me with downcast eyes that actually, he doesn’t really like that kind of pie and would rather go for lemon meringue (my favourite). I was gobsmacked.

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Alison Whipp

Lawyer. Writes Middle Grade and YA. Known to cackle raucously at 13 y.o. boy-humour. Partial to baked goods of the sweet variety.
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