Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


Title – The Unhoneymooners

Author – Christina Lauren

Publication – 14th, May 2019.

Publisher – Gallery Books

Genre – Romance, Contemporary & Adult Fiction

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.

I went into this story with no expectations, I just wanted to read a nice romantic story that will have me all in my feels, but sadly I wasn’t as invested in the relationship between our two protagonists Olive Torres and Ethan Thomas, don’t get me wrong, individually they are sweet characters and it was a light read, although some distasteful things happen in the book and a lot of bad and good luck.

I enjoyed this book, I found myself laughing out loud in some places yet, the story just didn’t sell itself completely to me and I found it quite lacking, because Olive and Ethan are the oddest literary couple ever because it’s so clear their hatred for each other is one big ball of misunderstanding, and in my opinion, it doesn’t seem like a passionate enemy to lovers story.

Reading this book was like a vacation, one that I wouldn’t remember much about but will look back on with a smile. If you’re looking for a kinda funny, sweet and romantic story on a vacation spot, with a lot of cute moments in it, this is a good and kinda light book, so feel free to dig in, but really that’s all there is to it.


Lara Kareem

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