Book review: The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract #1) by Rachel Higginson

Title: The Opposite of You
Author: Rachel Higginson
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars

Daniela’s review

** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review.

Well, since the moment I started the book, I couldn’t stop reading. It caught my attention from the start, and I’m so happy about reading it.

This is my first book by Rachel Higginson, and even though there were a few things I wasn’t all that happy about, the book, overall, was great. It’s a fast-read, I’ll give you that, but it was completely entertaining and I enjoyed every single page I read.

I’ve sworn off men.

All men.

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.

I want the opposite.

When I read the blurb I thought this book was the kind of thing I liked and I was right 🙂 I’m glad I agreed to the arc because it kind of got me out of this reading slump I’ve been having. For the last two months I’ve been reading the same book and I was just kind of bored of it, so this was such a wonderful distraction because it felt completely right for me to read right now.

This book was entertaining and and the story itself was beautiful. I do have a few things I thought could’ve been treated a bit differently, but the don’t overshadow the goodness of the book. I’ll tell you about it in a bit.

Vera is a chef. She’s always wanted to be one and she made sure she did whatever she needed to, to become one, the best one, but something got between her and her dream and managed to destroy it and her. Now she’s picking up the pieces, trying to escape from her past. She’s changed a lot of things for that to happen, and she’s doing her best to keep it from catching up to her. Now she owns a foodtruck and it’s parked right across the street from the best restaurant in town. Will she be able to work it out? Will this be a whole new disappointment?

When I started reading the book, I was a bit frustrated because sure, I didn’t know Vera’s story, but it felt like she doubted herself way too much and I just wanted to tell her that she had this huge opportunity and that she should take it and just do it. Take the plunge. That she needed to stop whining about her past and getting her shit together over the present. But then, as I kept reading, I started to understand where that doubt was coming from. She had experienced something no one should, she had lost all faith in men and herself. She didn’t trust anyone, but she didn’t trust herself either. So that made everything even harder. I really liked Vera, especially when I started seeing the real her, with her sassiness, and her bravado. She was a strong girl that had been beaten way too many times. At some point anyone is going to crack, right? But she managed to get up, once again, and do what needed to be done to get her life together.

Then we met Killian. Gah, what a swoon-worthy, cocky bastard. I loved EVERYTHING about him. His brooding self, his childish ways to get Vera’s attention. I loved everything Killian. Yes, he’s arrogant and all that, but that’s only when it comes to what his food. He’s the best and he knows it. But even so, he still gets affected by the things that surround him. He might be arrogant, but he is not an ass. Ok, sometimes yes, but not for the things that matter. I loved his support. I loved his sarcastic and cocky remarks.

Vera’s brother, Vann, her dad and her best friend Molly… I loved every one of them!

The story is fast-paced, but it’s not lacking details. It has everything you need to imagine and feel everything that’s going on. The main characters grow amazingly and the rest of the characters are a wonderful addition to the story. Each bring something to support and enhance the plot. I did feel like there were a couple of loose ends and things that could’ve been treated differently. I thought Vera’s past was resolved a bit too easily, considering it involved a highly delicate subject. The same thing happened with her dad. I know this might sound a bit cryptic, I just don’t want to give anything away haha! But like I said, neither of these things affected in a negatively way to how much I enjoyed reading this book.

If you’re looking for a fast read and something to make you laugh and smile and swoon, check this one out. Definitely!

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