Genre: YA Romance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I will be the first to admit that I typically have high expectations going into most books, so when a book surprises me, that is truly saying a lot! Love From Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill was one of those rare and surprising books!
Basically, the novel follows Reese during her summer internship at a popular company called Friends of Flavor (kind of like The Food Network, but more social media oriented). When Reese meets the charming Benny, who seems like the perfect guy, she quickly realizes that her summer may not turn out as she had planned. She struggles to work through trauma from her past, while also striving to achieve her goals for her future.
On the surface, this book is a cute and food-oriented rom-com. What more could a girl ask for? FEMINISM! Love From Scratch incorporates feminism like very few romance novels can (and do). Towards the beginning of the novel, Reese says something relating to apologizing to feminism because she was not knowledgeable about cooking. Initially, I thought, “Great, another novel that mentions feminism once and moves on…” BUT NO! Feminism is such an important part of this book throughout its entirety, and I adored it! Not to mention the fact that one of the older, and wiser characters raises the importance of intersectional feminism!
Additionally, Benny was the romantic interest of my dreams! Like Reese, I think he might be a unicorn, but I loved reading the idealized version of a partner most people would die for. He was so in tune with Reese’s feelings and communication was clearly important to him. Overall, he was just amazing, and despite him feeling a bit unrealistic, I loved every aspect of him!
Furthermore, the plot was captivating! Reese and Benny being roped into filming a show was a fun addition, and all the events that unfolded afterwards felt perfect. There was even a point in the novel where I was thinking that a certain event should happen, and it did. The entire plot of Love From Scratch just felt right!
All in all, Love From Scratch was everything you could want in a romance novel and more! It was so unexpected in such a wonderful way! I hope Kaitlyn Hill incorporates feminism in all of her future books, because I will certainly be reading them!