Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Interview and Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Today is the day that I’ve been waiting for for so long! Thank you, Avon Books for giving me the opportunity to interview Talia Hibbert! I have so many connections with Get A Life, Chloe Brown that I literally teared up when I learned about them. Just like Chloe, I have fibromyalgia. I’ve been teaching myself to do web design and she’s a Web Designer. We both love to write lists. We have the same last name and my dog is named Chloe. I’m just so excited for a book with fibromyalgia representation especially because it’s own voices.


My Lame Synopsis: Chloe Brown decides that it’s time to get out of her comfort zone with a list of things she wants to complete after a near death experience. But romance isn’t on the list. Redford is a handsome devil and so happens to be the superintendent of her building. Goodreads

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Interview with Talia Hibbert

What inspired you to write a character like Chloe?

Talia: My own experiences definitely inspired Chloe. That, and my love of prickly heroines in romance. I wanted to write a heroine experiencing chronic illness, and I wanted her to be unapologetically grouchy– because everyone deserves a happy ending.

>AMEN!<

What was the deciding factor for you to have a main character with fibromyalgia?

Selfishness! I have fibromyalgia and I wanted to read a fun rom-com about a heroine with similar struggles. So I went ahead and wrote it. But, honestly? I wrote it for everyone else who struggles with chronic illness, too. There’s not enough rep, so I wanted to add to what’s there.

As someone with fibromyalgia, I know it’s hard to live with, did you pull from your own experiences when writing Chloe’s story?

Absolutely. My own illness really informed everything I wrote. Fibromyalgia is kind of the devil, and I was able to translate its annoyingness first-hand.

For me, writing lists have been an important tool for my pain management, what are some of your tools for pain management?

I never thought twice about my love of lists before writing Chloe. Making her a list-maker was kind of instinctive, because it fit with the other aspects of her character and her lifestyle. But now I realise that was influenced by my own coping mechanisms. Chronic pain causes brain fog and it can easily derail your entire day.

My other pain management tools… medication, obviously! No-one ever mentions that. But I’m on all the drugs and I love them dearly. I also do physical therapy to make sure my muscles are as strong as they can be. (Which, admittedly, is not very strong, due to my other issues). It hurts in the short-term, but it helps in the long-term. Finally, rest is key. Pain is so exhausting, both physically and mentally. An extra couple of hours in bed with some fruit tea helps me get me in the mindset to cope better.

Why was Chloe’s story important to you to tell?

Because there are some stories that countless people experience, but that still aren’t considered important to be heard. And honestly? Fuck That.


Book Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book gave me life! I absolutely STAN for the romance. I love both Red and Chloe as characters, especially love them together. I love how adorably, unapologetically, grumpy she was. Talia did an amazing job with the story. Every character had their own journey and never felt they were just plot devices. Both Red and Chloe grew as people in real ways that was honestly, beautiful. I so enjoyed Chloe’s family and wish I had a family like that (their imperfections included).

This book did a lot of things right, especially the fibromyalgia representation and recovering from an abusive relationship. Having chronic pain is just like how Chloe experiences it. Red was the picture perfect in regards to how he received the news of her chronic pain and continued to be sympathetic without pitying throughout the book.

This is the second book in my life that have truly connected with a character so much that I cried. The first was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. *chef kiss* for both books.

I do wish I could have sugar like Chloe did. Some of the foods she was eating made me miss sugar even more! Fibro does differ from person to person and probably why Chloe can get away with having sugar and I can’t. Also, fibro can appear in people differently too. Did you know fibro is more often found in women? #funfact I admire the journey to self acceptance and forgiveness for Chloe and Red. There was some beautiful discussion around therapy that made me feel like saying “AMEN”.

Favourite quotes:

“You’re just a cute little hermit who hisses at sunlight.” -p195 {haha}

“He was probably the worst kind of monster because Chloe was sick, but he still thought she was unbelievably sexy. Then he remembered that she was always sick, so maybe poor health wasn’t something that should de-sex a person.” p240 AMEN!


Get A Life, Chloe Brown came out November 5th! Please, I encourage everyone to read this book. It’s amazing with the cherry on top with representation. Just like Talia said numerous of people experience life that isn’t considered important enough to be told and fuck that. We need to support beautiful books like this one.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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