For anyone familiar with Tara Sivecs’ books, Love and Lists is a Chocolate Lovers spin-off. This new series follows the kids of the clan from the Chocolate Lovers series. You don’t need to read Chocolate Lovers to enjoy this series – but you should because it’s awesome. We all remember Gavin from Chocolate Lovers series, right? The hilarious son of Claire and Carters with the filthy mouth. God, he was funny but imagine if he was your kid? The shame! Anyway, Gavin is all grown up now and has his own book. I’m a little surprised he turned out to be such a well-rounded adult to be honest!
Gavin has it bad for Charlotte (Liz and Jim’s kid) and decides to make a to-do list to win her over, with help from his best friend – the completely idiotic, Tyler. As you can imagine it all goes wrong and, seriously, at times its like watching a car wreck. So cringe worthy! But so, so, SO funny. Poor Gavin.
“Do you have any idea what it’s like to be a dude and tell a woman you love her only to have her shoot you down? Neither do I, but i’m guessing it would cut me deep.”
“I want her to love me. I want her to see me as something other than a friend. I want her to realize that we’re soul mates. F-ck. Maybe I am getting my period.”
We get to see all of our old favorites from the original gang and they haven’t changed AT ALL. Claire is slightly more maternal maybe, but only very slightly. They are still up to their usual shenanigans and its great. There are some classic lines from people like Drew and Liz dishing out their own special brand of advice –
“Honey, he doesn’t have a feminine side. He has a vagina.”
“You are a disgrace. Your mother should have swallowed.”
And there’s a lot of talk of body parts in this book but really, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Gavin’s story. Or any story in this series, actually.
“I think my balls just ran away in fear. Oh look, there they go, right out the front door. GOOD-BYE, BOYS!”
The conversations between Liz and Claire about organizing their kids wedding (well before they are even an item) were gold! It reminded me so much of how BBH and i would be/ already are when talking about our own children. Ahem.
There’s is only one teeny gripe really and that is that i found the timeline/ character development a little confusing. It was almost like Gavin and Charlotte were coming in more as friends rather than kids of original cast members. It’s quickly overlooked though because, who cares? It was still hilarious and I loved every second of it.