The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am struggling to put a star rating on this one. This is not my typical read. I don't know the last time I read a "beach read" or "chick lit" as this would probably be classified. The book was DELIGHTFUL ... for the first 50%. I felt like the story arch ended in the middle and then there was all this messy "real life" stuff afterward. I know this is probably how books like this typically read, but I'm not sure so I just don't know how to rate it. Don't hate me friends, I just don't typically read books like this.
World-Building: This book is modern-day, no world-building was necessary. That being said, the setting could have been better. I have no idea what Olive's apartment looks like, what the hotel looked like, or really any setting throughout the book except Ami's house and the restaurant. Setting description could have been better fleshed out.
Plot: The plot is adorable, complicated, but adorable. Definitely the driving factor of the book and a fun ride.
Characters: This is where the book shone. The character development over the course of 2 weeks (and then another 2 weeks I guess) really was impressive. The characters grew but didn't become different people and I was impressed. I liked Olive (and I rarely like female protagonists in romance novels because they are lame - Olive isn't lame) and Ethan is such a different character than I expected for the leading man.
Because I have no experience with Chick Lit, I'm giving this a middle-of-the-road three stars. It was truly adorable, so know my three stars comes from a place of pure enjoyment.
There are so many moments of secondhand embarrassment, especially in the beginning. I think that's what endears you to Olive. You just feel so bad.
If you're looking for a fun, quick, easy read - the Unhoneymooners is an enjoyable read.
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