A Hopeless Romantic


One day, I was chatting with one of my coworkers in the fiction section.  Absentmindedly looking around at the books, the title of this one immediately caught my eye.  A hopeless romantic?  Well, that sounds just like me.  After reading the blurb, I knew this had to be added to my list because the protagonist of the story sounds just like me: head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel, and a relationship that ends in a disaster and costs her friendships, her job, and her sanity.

Part one of this story lays out Laura’s life.  We learn she is a hopeless romantic who always manages to convince herself that the latest guy is The One.  In this case, it’s Dan.  Laura’s Dan reminds me of a Dan figure I had in my life.  While the end of our relationship wasn’t as dramatic as him getting another girl pregnant, it was still the end of my world.  Like Laura, I had to find my own light at the end of the tunnel, something to inspire me.  Irish dance was my savior.  My Dan figure ended things one afternoon, and that evening, I had dance class.  Without that activity to release my emotions for that instance, and all the other times I felt hopeless following the end of our relationship, I don’t know what I would’ve done with myself.  From then on, she swears to herself that she will never let herself get so wrapped up with her life with a guy who won’t commit fully.  She swears off being a hopeless romantic, throwing away the little trinkets from past relationships, her romance novels, and all the romantic movies she owns.

Something I still need to learn how to do apparently.

Part two encompasses Laura’s vacation, and the subsequent meeting of the Marquis of Raneleigh (Nick).  To a hopeless romantic, this is the ultimate catch. However, since Laura has decided to cut out the hopeless romantic part of her life, she vows not to let this take over her life.  She finally runs away from the situation, after attending a family party among the richer part of society purely because she felt that she didn’t fit in  Being heckled by Nick’s sister didn’t help either.  Subsequently, this is also the part where I lost it.  She’s being stupid and running away from the guy that’s really The One!  Not to mention I was also quite jealous that this would happen to someone.  Get real here.  How many random girls off the street are going to meet this perfect guy who just so happens to have a title and be filthy rich?  So bitter.

Without spoiling the little details that lead to the ending, of course, since it’s a romance novel, the Laura ends up happily in a relationship with Nick.  And this is what frustrates me.  The point of the book is that a hopeless romantic gets a grip with reality and still ends up happy.  I see where the author is coming from here, but this book has such a classic hopeless romantic plot that the theme doesn’t seem as effective.  I myself am going through my own hopeless-romantic-meets-reality journey, and I have not met any genuinely nice, yet fantastically titled men.

Despite the attempts to make this story like real life, it is hands down entirely fictional.  Sad day for me.



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