Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Review: The Unhoneymooners

What a dang week. Honestly, you guys. I've had a lot of people interaction this week and I'm just completely over all of it. Ugh. The worst is that this was maybe my easiest week of the summer? Next week starts summer school (Jackson is doing it to get familiar/comfortable with his new school), tennis, Little Gardeners class for Pep & Lu, speech, doctor appointments, and god knows what else I didn't write down. I need a nanny. Or to win the lottery so Matt can be home all of the time to help me take kids to things. It's just really exhausting. I won't even get a nap ANY OF THE DAYS.

I'm going to stop talking about my life right now and give you this book review which again, YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED this book. I know I'm doing a lot of shouting but if we were at lunch chatting right now I'd likely be very loud in my declaration of love for this book.

The Unhoneymooners - Christina Lauren

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancĂ© 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.

I'm just going to throw out there that if ever there was a character that was like me in every way, it is Olive. Her awkwardness around guys? Me. Her inappropriately time sarcasm? Me. Looking kind of questionable in outfits? Me. Terrible liar? Me. Pessimistic and feeling like things are too good to be true and when is the other shoe dropping? Me. I loved Olive as infuriating as she is. I also kind of loved Ethan because he kind of reminds me of Matt in some ways and that was really fun.

Anyways. In this book we have a wedding that ended hilariously horribly so Olive and Ethan end up having to take the honeymoon so it doesn't go to waste because nothing was refundable and you couldn't change dates. The only problem, they hate each other and they have to pretend to be newlyweds and you can see how this is going to go. The ultimate theme of this book is that lying will get you nowhere in the long run and it always comes out one way or another. The banter between Olive and Ethan is so great (and funny) and I can really appreciate it because that's how Matt (my husband) and I talk to each other at times and it's just fun.

I absolutely loved every page and I found myself rooting for Olive and Ethan the entire time, I was laughing, I loved the ending, I loved the entire thing. If there is one book you add to your summer reading list, make it this one because it was worth it. I couldn't put it down at all and I was really bummed it was over. This would make for a terrific movie, no question, and though this was different from the other books I've read by Christina Lauren (the Beautiful Bastard series), I really enjoyed this one a lot. I feel like anything I say isn't doing it justice and I hate that because this was maybe one of the funnest books I've read in a long time, easily going to make a top ten of 2019 list for me. No doubt.

I stalked my local Barnes & Noble for several days waiting for this and I found it misplaced on the wrong shelf so OBVIOUSLY it was a sign and I had to buy it. Anyways, all opinions are my own and I can't wait to hear what you thought of it. Maybe use these handy little affiliate links to keep this little ol' blog keep going. Smooches. 


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh gosh, you have a lot going on starting next week. And I'm with you - I need the naps!!!

I'm really glad you loved this book though. I need to read it, and other things by Christina Lauren!!


Anthea said...

This is on my TBR list on Goodreads and each time I log in I'm reminded that I need to read this. I've read a few reviews and this books sounds so good. Olive sounds like the sort of character you like from the first chapter.

Erica Metcalf said...

YAS! I need to snag this one!!

Deanna Reads Books said...

I LOVED this one too. Awesome review.
Deanna Reads Books

Penny @ Penny's Passion said...

Oh wow - this sounds like a great book. Adding it to my TBR list right now!