Rating: 5 / 5
Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners is a lively and laugh-out-loud story of arch nemeses who, due to an unfortunate twist of fate, find themselves on a romantic all expense paid vacation in Hawaii.
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Ami and Dane’s wedding is perfect, except that her twin sister, Olive, and his brother, Ethan, have to be in the same room together. They despise each other and attempt to keep their distance. When everyone except Olive and Ethan start projectile vomiting after eating from the seafood buffet, their siblings force them to take their honeymoon for them, which is non-transferable and non-refundable.
Olive and Ethan set the plan – pretend to be married in order to get this free vacation, but do their own things while on the vacation. They’re not confident they won’t kill each other, but they’re willing to try for 10 free days in Maui. But when Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend are at the same resort, they must pretend to be a newlywed couple to save face.
After several days of pretending to be in love, Olive is starting to sort of not totally hate her arch nemesis. How is this possible, when for the past two years he’s treated her like she was the scourge of the earth? They explore their newfound interest in each other, but will it be this simple outside of picture-perfect Maui?
Please take caution while reading The Unhoneymooners if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Mild body hatred / fat phobia
The Unhoneymooners is pure, unadulterated fun! A quick read with several moments of hilarity, constant lightness, and a little bit of a twist – this is the perfect beach or pool read.
I love the characters in this book. Olive and Ami’s relationship is delightful, as is their entire family dynamic. Olive is strong-willed and confident, but also very introspective and honest, and Ethan’s a hoot, if not a jerk at first. It was a joy to follow these strong, seriously fun characters from Minnesota to Maui and back.
Admittedly, I haven’t read a ton of romantic comedies, but this has been my favorite, by far. The arcs are generally predictable in this genre, but The Unhoneymooners includes a little mystery, some unexpected twists, and some serious drama that I enjoyed so much.
This story’s writing is, in a word, delightful. I found myself cackling aloud at several points in the story – and when I wasn’t cackling, I was smiling and chuckling silently to myself constantly. The writing is light, but not at all fluffy, and the dialogue is masterful and used effectively to cultivate the unique relationship between Olive and Ethan.
What more can I say? If you’re on the hunt for a light, fun read, look no further. The Unhoneymooners is a hoot and a wild ride, and I highly recommend it. This is my first book by Christina Lauren, but it will not be my last.
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