Book Reviews, Beach Read Edition: Happy Place, Yours Truly, The Perfect Couple & Romantic Comedy

Happy Place by Emily Henry

Goodreads blurb: Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t. They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends. Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blue week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week… in front of those who know you best?

my take: 5 out of 5.  I don’t know what else to say about Emily Henry because she is spectacular and is my number one auto buy books author. I had not bought a single book this year until Happy Place was announced. Most of my books, as you know, I either get through the library or arcs, but there’s a few in the year where I just go right in and pre-order because I wanna read it as soon as they come up. Emily Henry is one of those and Happy Place was such a treat. I set aside time in my weekend because I knew I needed to give it the proper ceremony. I wanted to devour it but also , like a fellow book blogger said, savor it. It was a mix of both, I devoured it, but I also wanted it to last longer and extend my event because it didn’t last as long as I wanted. I wanted to be in her world for longer. I wanted to be in her happy place for longer, because she does take you to that place.

I think the beauty of what she does is she generates this really enthralling dialogue. It might not be for everybody, but it definitely works for me, where you just wanna remain in the sphere of these people. Their conversations, all the banter is just wonderful. Is it my favorite Emily Henry book? No, yet it’s still fabulous. If you want my ranking of is book lovers, people we meet on vacation, happy place, and beach read. But its a hard decision. I don’t have kids, but, its like what is your favorite kid? They’re all wonderful. Just run and read it you won’t regret it. Actually maybe don’t run to read it. Wait and read it in your own happy place to get that feeling and the whole book will just click.

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

Goodreads blurb: Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter. And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.

my take: 5 out of 5. So many amazing chick lits reads, so little time. Abby Jimenez is another one of those are authors that’s just spectacular and never disappoints. She always does right by me. This book was a surprise. I mean, I was expecting to like it. I was not expected to like it this much. it was a whole mix. I love the characters. I love how they met. I love their whole communication, getting to know each other. It was absolutely beautiful. The development of this relationship was just everything I wanted in a rom com , and it might start going up there in one of my favorite Abby Jimenez books. This is what you read when you wanna be happy, when you want to have the good positive cry and you just wanna have a big smile on your face.

And I need somebody to tell me why none of her books have been adapted to movies right now because I’ve seen some bad rom com movies recently and you know her books make great material; I need somebody to tell me why part of your world and Happy ever after Playlist have not been adapted yet. I was a hard grader before and I was putting the 4.5 for her books. But i decided IM going to be generous with my 5s, this book made me extremely happy and I absolutely love it so it gets a 5.

I listened to the audiobook and the narration is spectacular.

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

Goodreads blurb:A comedy writer thinks she’s sworn off love, until a dreamily handsome pop star flips the script on all her assumptions. Romantic Comedy is a hilarious, observant and deeply tender novel from New York Times–bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld. Sally Milz is a sketch writer for “The Night Owls,” the late-night live comedy show that airs each Saturday. With a couple of heartbreaks under her belt, she’s long abandoned the search for love, settling instead for the occasional hook-up, career success, and a close relationship with her stepfather to round out a satisfying life. But when Sally’s friend and fellow writer Danny Horst begins dating Annabel, a glamorous actor who guest-hosted the show, he joins the not-so-exclusive group of talented but average-looking and even dorky men at the show—and in society at large—who’ve gotten romantically involved with incredibly beautiful and accomplished women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch called the “Danny Horst Rule,” poking fun at this phenomenon while underscoring how unlikely it is that the reverse would ever happen for a woman. Enter Noah Brewster, a pop music sensation with a reputation for dating models, who signed on as both host and musical guest for this week’s show. Dazzled by his charms, Sally hits it off with Noah instantly, and as they collaborate on one sketch after another, she begins to wonder whether there might actually be sparks flying. But this isn’t a romantic comedy; it’s real life. And in real life, someone like him would never date someone like her…right? With her keen observations and trademark ability to bring complex women to life on the page, Sittenfeld explores the neurosis-inducing and heart-fluttering wonder of love, while slyly dissecting the social rituals of romance and gender relations in the modern age.

my take: 4.25 out of 5. This is an interesting book and if you read about it, I think it’s one of those that either you love it or you hate it and it has definitely garnered extreme reactions. I loved it. After reading the book, I can totally understand why it’s weird. The format of it is absolutely strange. I’m giving some details so you know what to expect and know whether you wanna go into this world. There are only three chapters. You get an entire chapter of a week in the life, you get an entire chapter of email exchanges and then you get another week in the life. I atotally went in without knowing what it was and loved it.

The first part, it’s actually very detailed account of how an SNL type skit works. People who don’t like that might have thought it was a lot and sometimes it was a lot. That’s why this is not getting a five. Trust me. At some point i did question: do we need this amount of level of detail in the story? sometimes it went to deep into the mechanics of comedy writing, when I kind of just wanna get into the story. But it works, it gives a feeling. I’m actually not the biggest SNL fan, but I’ve loved all the behind the scenes shows like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip which made it fun and it just, it, it gave a lot more context to what a relationship could be and it was a little bit more broad.

The second part, the pandemic emails just wrecked me. I loved it. I am a big sucker for email/letter stories. Maybe it’s because I’ve had like pen pals or email situations where you’re like, oh my God, this isa much better way of meeting somebody.

It’s exemplified here, it also brought me back to you’ve got Mail and all these like historical, wonderful romantic comedies where people learn about each other through letters and the written word. This was so beautiful and so meaningful.

Some of the criticism of this book, is if you’re doing audiobook, I can totally understand why this would be very jarring because it’s a lot to be read out loud. I think this needs to be read, not listened to.

The third chapter is just kind the reward post emails. And I loved how imperfect the character is.I love how terrible she’s as a person and not in touch with her feelings and how much therapy she needs and how much this book acts as her therapy and how much they both help each other. this is like dysfunctional romantic comedy 1 0 1 and I was here for it. I think you should too.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Goodreads blurb: It’s Nantucket wedding season, also known as summer-the sight of a bride racing down Main Street is as common as the sun setting at Madaket Beach. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate. But it’s going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after tragedy strikes: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony-and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash interviews the bride, the groom, the groom’s famous mystery-novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, he discovers that every wedding is a minefield-and no couple is perfect. Featuring beloved characters from The Castaways, Beautiful Day, and A Summer Affair, The Perfect Couple proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read.

my take: 4.25 out of 5. I’m definitely becoming an Hilderbrand fan. And I need to get myself to Nantucket very soon. I mean, I even know where I should go eat and party now. I got this book because I saw they’re making a TV series adaptation with an amazing cast so I wanna know what the story is before.

I thought it was much gonna be much more of a romantic comedy book and it is a full blown mystery. A great whodunit with a dash of romance. I was all here for it. Nantucket, the beach, a mystery, gorgeous people, a wedding, trust me you’re gonna like it. It is your cozy murder mystery for the beach.

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