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The Unhoneymooners

Author: Christina Lauren

Category: Adult

Genre: Romance

Pages: 395 Pages

Format: Paperback

Published: May 2019

Book rating: 7/10

Mommy readability rating: 9/10 


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Summary: Olive Torres is the unlucky sister. In contrast, her twin Ami is forever lucky, winning in all aspects of life. She even won enough contests that her entire wedding and honeymoon were free. Meanwhile, on the wedding day, Olive is stuck with the person she hates most in the world, the best man, Ethan. But when everyone at the wedding is struck with food poisoning except Olive and Ethan, they end up together on the free honeymoon. Somehow, in paradise, Olive’s luck seems to be changing and her view of Ethan follows suit.


Review: The first half of The Unhoneymooners was quite difficult for me to get through, or even want to read, for one very specific reason. The narrator was just so negative. I found it hard to like her very much. I think the author was trying to make her a unique character in this vein, but it wasn’t a uniqueness that I cared for very much. Plus, not a single interaction or line of dialogue passed between her and the main male character without her reminding the reader that she hated him. It got to be too much. It was as if the author felt they needed to constantly remind the reader that Olive did not like Ethan. It became less of a tension builder and more of an annoyance to skim over. But, the story had an interesting premise and I had strong enough hopes that this woman would knock it off with all the pessimism that I carried on reading. In the end, it was a fun, easy read. The character arc seemed a bit contrived and cliché, with no real twists or surprises. It’s the typical “will they/won’t they” and you pretty much know the answer very early on. But it was a decent enough story and the writing was solid with some good humorous lines. It’s a nice summer read for a vacation or some lounge time by the pool.


Mommy Readability Rating: This is a quick, fun, easy read. The storyline is simple and straightforward, making it easy to jump in and out of the book. If you’re looking for some light reading to escape into during the summer break, this is a good one.


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