Review: Love Punked by Nia Lucas

Screen Shot 2018-11-27 at 13.39.51I was approached by this author to provide an honest review in return for a free copy of the book.

Blurb: When her life is irrevocably altered by a post-Rave tryst on her mother’s floral patio recliner, Erin Roberts’ long-standing relationship with Humiliation takes her down a path that’s not so much ‘less well-trodden’, more ‘perilous descent down sheer cliffs’. Armed with a fierce devotion to her best friend and the unrequited love for the boy she might have accidentally married at age seven, when Erin falls pregnant at sixteen, life veers off at a most unexpected tangent. Her journey to adulthood is far from ordinary as Erin learns that protecting the hearts of those most precious to you isn’t balm enough when your Love Punked heart is as sore as your freshly tattooed arse. Whilst raising football prodigies and trying not to get stuck in lifts with Social Work clients who hate her, Erin discovers that sometimes you have to circumnavigate the globe to find the very thing that was there all along.

Title: Love Punked

Author: Nia Lucas

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, YA, New Adult


This book follows Erin’s coming-of-age journey over a ten year period as she battles life’s ups and downs. We see her battle the barbs of her schoolmates, unrequited crushes, teenage pregnancy, rubbish boyfriends, heartbreak, and taking on the responsibility of someone much older. A story that made me both laugh and cry, gripping me in the journey of these characters and making me feel as if I was right there with them.

I absolutely loved this story, following Erin and her friends on their journey to make sense of the world, coming up against challenges from all angles. The characters were written so well and realistically that I felt as if I knew them. I enjoyed the emotional side to the characters that we were introduced to at various points of the plot, reminding us that everyone has their own journey going on and, as observers, we don’t always know the ins and outs. The plot of this story felt like a real journey, allowing us to see the maturing of the characters and their personalities in how they deal with hardships, showing us their outer strength even when they are crumbling inside. I’ve never read a book that made me both genuinely laugh and cry but this one did. The writing and dialogue is so witty and full of wise-cracks that I couldn’t help but get drawn into the banter between characters (particularly between Erin and Danny) and yet the tougher scenes were written so well that my heart ached for Erin and Gio, for Lees and for Casey when they revealed their hurt and vulnerability. I have to say that for a book to do this, the author must have real control over how the reader is perceiving the plot and this is done so well here. Funny, emotive, realistic, well written – what more could you want?

For what I disliked, there genuinely wasn’t much. The back and forth between Erin and Gio got to me a little bit as I wanted them to be together so badly. I know that this was a big part of the plot and keeping them apart meant that we could see Erin grow and really enforce their feelings for each other so intensely that it made my heart ache for them.

Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a good coming-of-age story, packed full of witty quips, tugs at the heart and brimming with emotion. If, like me, you’re someone who appreciates a book that makes them cry then this one will definitely get a reaction out of you.

Rating: 4/5

Recommend?: Yes

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you read any of the books that come after this one? I’d love to know!

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