When you finish a book and just feel completely gutted that it’s over… That is what a 5-star book is to me and I had just that with The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. This book is praised on social media, people call it thé beach read of 2019 and I couldn’t agree more. This is the perfect book to read during a summer holiday. I would definitely put this in the category summer reads or beach reads. Fear not, you can read this anywhere anytime though. When I was reading it is was actually really rainy outside, and it was still a good read.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on May 14th 2019
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.
Sometimes it takes me a while to get into a story, for it to really grasp me. Well, not with this one. I was hooked on the first page! So as you can imagine I read this book pretty quickly. You might think this is your standard, cliché romantic comedy. And I guess you’re right to think so to some extent. But I do feel like it is more than that. Even though you can pretty much tell how this book is going to end from the get-go, there were still some exciting twists and turns that I did not see coming. This book was hilarious, and I felt a deep connection with the characters. At some point I felt like screaming at my book, I guess that’s a clear sign I was really deep into the story.
I finished this book over a week ago, but I still feel kind of sad about it. I just didn’t want it to end you know. It was just so good, and it felt a little bit like some good friends were all of a sudden ripped away from me. So I guess you can give the authors a round of applause for making the characters come alive! And yes, I say authors because Christina Lauren is actually an author duo – Christina & Lauren – who combined their names. Honestly, it would make me super happy if there were to be a sequel. Even though this book has a perfectly well-rounded ending, I could still read more.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted, fun, quick read, I would definitely recommend picking up The Unhoneymooners. I absolutely fell in love with this story. Therefore I gave it a solid 5 stars!