Beach by Jasper Boer on Unsplash: Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (The Modest Reader)

Book Review: The Unhoneymooners

With summer quickly approaching, I’m really into fun, lighter reads these days, and I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with anything by Christina Lauren. From the cover and the title (I find it really clever!) to the premise, I was hooked right from the beginning. The Unhoneymooners just came out on May 14, and if you’re looking for that summer read that will hook you right from the beginning, and give you an array of emotions to play with, look no further.

Synopsis
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 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.

My musings
This was the perfect book to read in the middle of a crazy week at work. I love the enemies-to-lovers trope (especially when there’s witty, intelligent banter to go with it), and I enjoyed that the reason they didn’t get along at the beginning of their relationship was properly explained and believable.

I wish we got a little bit of Ethan’s perspective, just because I would love to see what he thought of Olive’s (sometimes too) negative outlook on life. I would also have liked to see how he described her, physically, because she was really self-deprecating (which I understand, trust me), and I would have liked to know, selfishly, whether she was an actual curvy girl or whether she had just put on some weight because she was unemployed and stress eating.

Olive and Ami’s family was hilarious to have pop in every once in a while. I don’t have a giant, close family like theirs, but I pictured it perfectly and was kind of envious!

My only critique would be of Dane. I know we weren’t supposed to like him, being the antagonist and all, but the way he was portrayed and described really made me wonder how Ami didn’t see it coming and why anyone liked him to begin with. I wish we got a better look at him without Olive’s bias, just for observation purposes.

If you love Christina Lauren, you’ll love this one, too. It’s a great summer read!

4.5 STARS

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (Book Cover): The Modest Reader

“A curl falls over his eye just after he’s said this, turning the moment into a Hollywood shot that completely mocks me. A small set of fireworks—only a sparkler, I swear—goes off beneath my breastbone, because he is so damn pretty. And seeing him vulnerable, even for a second, is so disorienting it make me imagine a time when I can look at his face and not hate it.” —Christina LaurenThe Unhoneymooners

Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Book and Simon & Schuster Canada for the advanced copy, and to Jasper Boer on Unsplash for the featured photo of the beach.

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