Review: Bad at Love, Gabriela Martins

I loved Like A Love Song by Gabriela Martins and Bad At Love was one of my most anticipated reads of the entire year. Obviously, I had lots of expectations about this book and, from the synopsis, it sounded like something I’d really adore. Check out my full review below to read my thoughts!

Review: Bad at Love, Gabriela MartinsBad At Love by Gabriela Martins
Published by Underlined/Delacorte on August 2, 2022
Genres: contemporary, romance, young adult
Format: ARC
Source: Underlined
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Ever since Daniel moved to L.A. from Brazil to join the band Mischief & Mayhem, he’s become the tabloids’ bad boy. Paparazzi follow him and girls swoon over him . . . except for Sasha, who hates bad boys. When a chance encounter brings them together, Sasha sees an opportunity to get close to Daniel and write a story that will make a name for herself at the celebrity gossip magazine where she interns. But Daniel is surprisingly sweet and extremely cute—could she be falling for him?
The truth is: Daniel is hiding something. When Sasha discovers his secret, will she follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer?

I received this book for free from Underlined in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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☂️ DIVERSITY:demisexual Brazilian MC, pansexual Brazilian-American MC, lesbian Black side character, Korean-American side character.

There are no spoilers in this review.

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  • Bad At Love is about Sasha, an aspiring journalist realizing her dreams of going to university might come true if she writes THE story about Daniel, the bad boy in a famous music band. Right from the synopsis, I knew I was going to love the univers the story would be set in and, guess what, I was right. I always adore stories set in the show business!
  • Told from a dual POV, we get to know both Sasha and Daniel.
    • I have to say that I really loved Daniel very, very much okay. He’s supposed to be a “bad boy”, but it turns out that’s just an image the tabloids gave him. Behind this facade, he’s such a cinnamon roll, looking for his rightful place in the band, struggling to connect with his bandmates, his family and even his own identity. I found him so, so endearing and really rooted for him, right from the very beginning.
    • Sasha was such a great main character as well. Ambitious, wanting to reach for her dreams and to have it all, but also struggling with her own growing feelings, what’s right and what’s wrong. I really loved following her as the story went on. Even if, Daniel had my heart, I’ll admit it.
  • I really enjoyed the bond between Sasha and Daniel, every single one of their interactions was lovely to read and they’re just so soft and adorable okay.
  • I really liked the friendships in this story and how they grew with time. I especially loved seeing Daniel slowly connecting with his bandmates a bit more, opening up to them and slowly, but surely, finding his place in the band, as well.
  • Bad at Love was such a quick, fun read overall! With the alternating chapters, the way the story was told and all the ups and downs, it was easy to devour the book quickly. Definitely a fun, entertaining contemporary overall.



  • I think it’s an entirely personal thing, but I connected with this book a bit less than the author’s previous work, Like A Love Song. I found myself a bit less invested in the characters overall. Maybe it’s because the book was so short and I wanted a little bit more of it all?



If you’re looking for a fun, heartwarming, summery read, I definitely recommend Bad At Love. I know I’ll be reading more of Gabriela Martins’ work next!

FINAL RATING : 4 stars!

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