Monday, February 18, 2019

Quick Pick book review: The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren

book review: The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren
  • Opening lines: In the calm before the storm—in this case, the blessed quiet before the bridal suite is overrun by the wedding partymy twin sister stares critically down at a freshly painted shell-pink fingernail and says "I bet you're relieved I'm not a bridezilla. She glances across the room at me and smiles generously. "I bet you expected me to be impossible."

    It is a statement so perfectly dropped in the moment, I want to take a picture and frame it.
  • Reason I picked up the book: I'm a huge Christina Lauren fan and have reviewed most of, if not all, of their books.
  • And what's this book about?
  • Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

    Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

    Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.
  • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys an easy read and/or a good love story, or who enjoys "chick lit."
  • Favorite paragraph: Whereas Ami is a four-leave clover, I have always been unlucky. I don't say that to be theatrical or because I only seem unlucky in comparison: it is an objective truth. Google Olive Torres, Minnesota, and you'll find dozens of articles and comment threads dedicated to the time I climbed into one of those claw crane arcade games and got stuck. I was six, and when the stuffed animal I'd captured didn't drop directly into the chute, I decided to go in and get it.
    • Something to know: Nothing. I'd love to see this book made into a movie, though!
    • What I would have changed: Nothing I can think of.
    • Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
    • Where can I find this book? Click here to pre-order on Amazon - it will be online and in stores on May 14, 2019.
    *Disclosure: I received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.


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