The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren Book Review

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The Unhoneymooners 
Author: Christina Lauren (which is the combined pen name for the writing duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings)
Pages: 400
Publication date: 14th May 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books

About the book
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.

This is my first Christina Lauren book and I'd been after it for a long time. I feel like this was a really popular book last year and I remember seeing it everywhere but I'm always *that* person who is late to the party and so this is one of those books that passed me buy until recently when I finally bit the bullet and asked my Dad to pick it up for me for my birthday (thanks, pops).

I really enjoyed this book and got through it pretty quickly for someone who doesn't get through books at roaring speed. I liked the plot, even if parts of it were particularly unrealistic and would-never-happen-in-real-life kinda thing. It's one of those books where everyone sorta already knows what will happen at the end, but it's still enjoyable non-the-less.

Olive and Ethan are likeable characters and I found Olive especially funny at times; this is one of those books that had me laughing out loud a couple of times. But here's the thing; there's nothing extra about the characters. They're your typical chick-lit couple who should never be together but somehow the world works around this and the rest is history, which is fine because it fits the genre perfectly and you go into this book knowing what to expect, but it doesn't exceed expectations.

The hate-to-love trope was just a little too much for me to warrant giving this a five star review. There was too much coincidence and the sometimes the story was a bit too forced.

Having said that, the writing style is refreshing and it's my first read by this writing duo but certainly won't be my last. It's the perfect summer book; incredibly light and so easy to read, I mean, just look at the cover!

Verdict: ★★★★

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