Title: The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1)
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Genre: Mature Young Adult
Goodreads rating: 4.27 out of 5.00 (4, 000+ ratings)
Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
Review By Chantelle
My relationship with this novel is so complicated... Love hate doesn't even come close to the myriad of emotions I felt after I finished this sadistic creation by Tarryn Fisher. I say sadistic, because upon finishing The Opportunist, I was lost and emotionally exhausted. I was found crying and huddled in bed questioning every hope and ideal I've ever developed about the concept of love. Hours later, I was found ranting to any and every friend who was willing to listen to me.
Angry at Fisher and confused at the strength of my response to this novel, I went searching for answers as to why Fisher decided to toy with my mental stability with such a draining and ruthless plot - so I went to her author bio page on Goodreads. This is what I found.
I try to write stories that pull on people's emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force.And herein, my fellow romantics, lies the reason behind the whirlwind of doubt and depression that engulfed me after encountering The Opportunist. Thanks Tarryn, you obviously nailed that objective! ...
Despite my raging temperament, I could see that Fisher's ability to create a piece that had such a powerful and lasting effect on me only highlighted how well written this novel is, therefore, I can not recommend this novel highly enough!
Olivia Kaspen has a troubled past that revolves around her college love, Caleb Drake. When she discovers by chance that Caleb has lost all recollection of their long history due to an accident, Olivia capitalizes on the opportunity (à la title) to start their relationship anew. Fisher gradually reveals all the angst-ridden details of their passionate and, let's admit it, unhealthy relationship by flawlessly transitioning between narratives of the present and past, leading up to a climatic and emotionally tolling conclusion.
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All that being said, there is a cure to the vortex of premonitions about ending up a lonely, bitter spinster and to the dangerous thoughts about quitting the genre of YA.
These are my top 3 picks for what to read after The Opportunist:
- Easy By Tammara Webber
(This is an absolutely addictive read that will rescue you from any plaguing The-Opportunist-related thoughts)
- My Life Next Door By Huntley Fitzpatrick
(This novel is young, light, adorable and most importantly, optimistic! YAY)
- Sweet Evil By Wendy Higgins
(Sick of chick-lit? Cross into the paranormal/fantasy world with this amazing, original take on Nephilim)