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Love May Fail

Love May Fail
Matthew Quick
Harper, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking for the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off on a quest to save the one man who always believed in her — and in all of his students: her beloved high school English teacher, Mr. Vernon, who has retired broken and alone after a traumatic classroom incident.

Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metalhead little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia's chances on this quest to resurrect a good man and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.

What. In the World.

This book was all over the place.

It almost lost me because of all of the different perspectives the story had. Then I got to Mr. Vernon’s mom’s section and things got interesting again. I was hoping that the story would make a circle and go back to Portia, since she was supposedly the main character, but it didn’t. This was more of an ensemble book, I suppose, with each person’s own story. I do feel like the author forgot about Portia’s mom. I feel like she should have been a bigger part of the story throughout the book. Everything else comes together in the end, but not in Portia’s voice (something that I think would have tied everything together better). I almost forgot about Mr. Vernon by the end, and frankly, at that point I didn’t care. This felt like several books shoved into one or a bunch of disorganized short stories.

I found it interesting that Portia wrote a book about what she knew and it wasn’t well-received. It made me wonder if this story was something Matthew Quick knew and chose to write about. It was not well received by me. I expected more from him. Maybe it was a story he needed to tell and it was just not for me.