Book Review: No Experience Required

Izzy Treadway has a reputation as a love guru. She knows exactly what ignites the spark for others, but she has no desire to find love herself. You see, Izzy’s bipolar and not only fears being seen as damaged goods but is terrified that if anything goes wrong, it might just send her back to the hospital. Nevertheless, her best friend decides Izzy’s the perfect person to write The Idiot’s Guide to Love.

While researching and writing the book, Izzy finds herself falling for Jane Mendoza, the new intern at work. Everything’s perfect until Izzy tells her she’s bipolar and Jane leaves her, claiming the dreaded “It’s not you, it’s me.”

Izzy’s devastated, but heartbreak teaches her she’s stronger than she gives herself credit for. As Izzy and Jane learn their pasts don’t define their future, they’ll need to get out of their own way to discover love can overcome any obstacle.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am absolutely obsessed with female on female romantic contemporary books. Being bisexual, I feel we do not get enough of these stories nor are they advertised as being female on female romance. I loved this story though.

I loved Jane and Izzy, you can see how they have grown from their past circumstances and how it has shaped their views of themselves and the world.  This book is heavy on the romance but I didn’t seem to mind it. 

I felt Izzy was so relatable. I am terrible at reading signs too so that really struck a chord for me. I did feel a bit confused by the cover art of this book. I am guessing the girl on the cover is meant to be Izzy. If that is Izzy, then man she ages well. The cover to me looks like a YA novel rather than being a lesbian rom com about a woman in her forties. 

I did love the overall pacing of this story. It was well written and a good read. Thank you so much to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this novel. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.


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