5 Second look at The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson
A Quick Summary
- Vera is coming back home after escaping to Europe for a year, to open a food truck and try to make a small part of her dreams come true.
- Killian Quinn is a respected Michelin starred chef and doesn’t like the food truck that is parked too close to his restaurant. So, he tries to drive her off. But he likes her food and her talent.
- The competition heats up and they grow to be friends and Killian helps her heal from her ugly past.
My Take on the Book :
Love and Food. LOVED this book. A definite re-read.
The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson Blurb
Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.
I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions. The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd. The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.
Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine‘s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.
So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.
I want the opposite.
My Review of The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson
“You’re someone that didn’t break beneath the weight of something so ugly.”
Vera is coming back home. After traveling Europe for a year cooking from restaurant to restaurant, she had come home to take care of her dad and try to pick up the pieces of her shattered career and life. She is starting over with a food truck parted on her brother’s bike shop’s parking lot. She is trying to do what she loves–cook, but she doesn’t have enough self confidence to see her talent. Not yet. She graduated culinary school at the top of her class, but a series of misguided choices has left her broken and self confidence in shreds. This is all that she thinks she can have and as close to her dream as she thinks she will ever get. So, she is trying to make the most of it.
Killian Quinn is a chef at the top of his game. He has worked hard to get where he is. The head chef at a national recognized restaurant with world class cuisine. So when some woman in a food truck parks her ugly thing a few yards from his restaurant, he isn’t having it. He has worked to hard to let a food truck take what’s his.
Vera has to come back to herself. Cooking is what saved her and it was going to be the thing that healed her now. Although her selfconfidence is shaken and could be thrown off by the tinyest thing, when Killian Quinn the Killian Quinn accosts her on her first day cooking in her food truck something snaps and she gives him as good as she gets…for the first time in a couple of years. Her past relationship with a up and coming chef as left her wrung out and she knows that she doesn’t need another guy like that in her life.
And all chefs are like that–arrogant, awful, mean men. So why does she want Killian’s approval? Why does she care what he thinks of her food? Why does it bother her so much that he makes his staff go buy her food in secret to taste her delicious and inventive combinations of favors? It shouldn’t. Every night tastes her food and gets her his suggestions on how to improve it.
As the months wear on, they become friends. He helps her with suppliers and she finally gets to taste his food. It’s a game they both love, but can’t bring themselves to admit. Both of them are falling for each other. Until one night, when the man that hurt Vera shows up to ask her to cook with him at his new trendy restaurant and continue where they left off. See Spoilers
This is a great slow burning love story that I’ve re-read a few times. It’s out now on Audible too! I love how the two of them grow closer together and it’s a slow, believable love that is at it’s core built on respect and affection. Killian pushes Vera to stop thinking so much and put something great on the plate and Vera reminds Killian of the job of cooking (not the work of a restaurant).
‘It was up to us how we used those experiences. We could let them own us, or we could let them be the journey they were meant to be, the stepping stones to a better life, a better self. Each moment, good or bad, a tool to give us the strength we needed to be the person we were supposed to be.’
- Vera’s ex was abusive and killed all the things that make Vera, Vera. (Or he tried) and when he shows up one night out of the blue, Vera can’t handle the shock. Killian hands over his kitchen at the peak of the dinner service to make sure she’s alright. But Vera still has to face her ex and find her fight.
- They do face off again and when he tried to manipulate her, she finally sees how far she’s come with her family and friend’s help and stands up for herself in front of a crowd. Go Vera!