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‘Loving You Like a Rubber Band’ is a decent first novel that was engaging enough for me to complete in one sitting. It is a gently told tale of best friends moving through loving each other to becoming lovers. There is something of the morality play and the didactic in the story’s exploration of idealised love. This is not necessarily bad but it should be balanced by a better exploration of the characters both of whom, but especially Nora come across as not fully three dimensional. Nevertheless the novel is light and humorous and there is something to be learned here.

– Gavin Sealey