This Is Not a Love Story


About the book

Kitty dreams of a beautiful life, but that’s impossible in suburban London where her family is haunted by her father’s unexpected death. So when her mum suggests moving to Amsterdam to try a new life, Kitty doesn’t take much persuading. Will this be her opportunity to make her life picture perfect?

In Amsterdam she meets moody, unpredictable Ethan, and clever, troubled Theo. Two enigmatic boys, who each harbour their own secrets. In a beautiful city and far from home, Kitty finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But will love be everything she expected? And will anyone’s heart survive?

This is not a love story. It’s complicated. 


Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2016.

Longlisted for the UKLA award 2016.

Shortlisted for the Hounslow Teen Book Award 2016




‘A very modern tale of adolescent love and identity … the humour is good (Keren David is funny on the resemblance of the London Jewish community to the 19th-century aristocracy) and the complexities and confusion of life for teenagers is brought to life well in a novel told from both Kitty and Theo’s perspectives.’

– Martin Chilton, Telegraph (One of ‘The Best YA books 2015)

An enjoyable read that offers some surprises to the reader without subverting the genre uncomfortably. Recommended.

Ferelith Horden, Five star review Books for Keeps

Keren David’s This Is Not a Love Story (Atom, £6.99, 13-plus) evokes Amsterdam beautifully as the backdrop to Kitty’s encounters with the moody Ethan and troubled Theo. They share a north London Jewish background, so the wilfully romantic Kitty misreads the clues to Theo’s true nature. Their perspectives are presented with an engaging liberalism, narrative assurance and psychological acuity.

Amanda Craig, New Statesman

Keren David has created three complex, subtle and attractive characters. What happens between them is completely convincing, arising out of the people they are and the choices they make.  Sue Purkiss, Armadillo

Basically, this book is excellent. Brilliant characters, a gorgeous setting (canals, bikes, beautiful architecture, weed and picnics in the park, anyone?), wonderful portrayal of religion and bonus points for changing up the tired ‘love triangle’ trope. Hurrah!   Weartheoldcoat

What I enjoyed the most in this novel is the ability of the author to immerse the reader through her writing, in a culture and setting perfect to approach matters such as love, death, religion and even homosexuality. Matters that are seen through the eyes of growing young adults that are sensitive and are a big deal. LaChouett





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