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In honour of Holly Bourne’s ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’, the MP! Books team shares their most embarrassing stories of dating fails


We here at MP! are no strangers to the horrors, trials and tribulations of trying to find love as a teenager. In fact, we all still have nightmares about it. So we thought it’d be fun to share with you our most cringey tales from our adventures in love from our teenage years. Love is hard, after all.

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Here we go, baring our souls for your amusement…

“I almost ended up in A&E with a boyfriend on a second date after I made him a cup of tea using Almond milk …not realising he was deadly allergic to nuts.” (Stevie)

“I was once making out with my boyfriend, and was suddenly thinking “Wow, this guy’s a wet kisser”. Eventually opened my eyes to find his face covered in blood – I’d got a nose bleed mid-kiss and we’d both just thought the other was a bit slobbery. Needless to say, I was utterly mortified and we looked like a horror movie.” (Laura)

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“My friends had been telling me all day at school that my first boyfriend was finally going to kiss me on the way home from school. I was a nervous wreck by the time he walked me to the end of my street and when he finally kissed me, I heard a massive whoop – my friends were standing right behind us and WATCHING. I ran. I actually ran away in mortification without a single word to the poor guy…” (Sophie)

“I don’t know of this is embarrassing or tragic. The boy I was supposed to be going to the cinema with wasn’t going to turn up. Now, I live in the middle of nowhere so it’s a long drive (for dad’s taxi) to drop me off. The boy’s dad felt really bad about his son leaving me in the lurch that he turned up instead. With the boy’s younger brother. I sat between them to watch the film. It was weird. It was awkward.” (Sarah)

Yeah, yeah, you can stop laughing at us now!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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