I began this book off of a recommendation. I don’t normally read romance novels, but I wanted to give this one a try and it was definitely worth it. Unlike most other romance novels where the reader is introduced to the two main love interests and can easily tell which way the story is going to unfold with Dude that is not the case.
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Like I said, the characters in Dude are nothing like what I expected from a romance novel. They are flawed and their mistakes cause huge problems in their relationships. That said, the choices they make are still very realistic and reflect what a real life relationship might be like over a group of individual’s lifetimes.
The plot is straight forward, but very well executed. Guy meets girl and they began a relationship with several ups and downs. It’s the ups and downs however that carry the story. I can’t go into to many details because of spoilers, but they will keep a reader hooked from the get go.
The setting is probably the weakest point, but that’s only because it’s not entirely important. There is enough in there for the reader to have a vivid image of what is around the characters, but since the focus of the story is on the characters there isn’t much done with the world around them. It’s not a bad thing, just not the strongest point in the story.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a gritty romance with a sense of realism or a romance that doesn't adhere to the typical tropes seen in most other romance novels. While I was reading it, I was reminded of Anna Karenina if anyone has read that. It’s not the exact same story, but it felt the same in a lot of regards.