Book: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
First Published: May 14, 2019
This is, if I am correct, the second book I read by Christina Lauren. Since I was not a fan of the first one, I toned down my expectation and read this book. Greatest decision I’ve had for this month.
Before I start my review, this is what this book is about:
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.Goodreads
Surprisingly, this book is actually quite entertaining from the beginning to the last part. With, of course, a couple of things that I was not a fan of.
But let us start with one good thing. I actually like and enjoyed the banter between Olivie and Ethan.
I still don’t like how shallow the reason behind why they dislike each other is. And despite the sometimes funny banter, I don’t see the chemistry between them.
And this book is a huge cliche. I said this book is entertaining. Why?
Well, the entertaining part was me guessing what was going to happen next and then finding out I was right. And this started during the first chapter of this book. When Olive mentioned that she has chronic bad luck.
I even update le fiance about my guesses and whether or not I guessed accurately.
Verdict? He treated me to a Jollibee Ultimate Burger Steak for lunch, for “being a good guesser”. Free lunch is always good.
But in hindsight, that is not a good thing for a book. I know that this is a cliche romance but I at least want a bit of mystery and surprise from the story. And nothing in this book did that for me.
Ok. There is another thing I liked about this book, and it is the activities Olive and Ethan were doing while they are in Maui. Living vicariously through others. Yes, fictional, but it was good. This book made me miss going on a relaxing vacation.
And of course, that very obvious conflict happened. With a very obvious conclusion. And I had to admit I was actually hoping that Olive would decide… wait spoiler. But, I just wished she didn’t accept that lame-ass apology.
The only redeeming quality of those conflicts was that it took time for them to resolve things. That at least felt real.
And of course, that obvious ending. The only unexpected part in that epilogue was that it was from the POV of Ethan instead of Olive.
As cliche as the story, of course, the same thing goes for the characters.
Dane- the douce
Ami- the perfect one.
Olive- the poor protagonist that has chronic bad luck and was not like the girls because she is such a homebody and like baking as a hobby.
Ethan- the token good, hot and smart guy. Of course, we need a guy whose smile will make you feel like being punched in the vagina. (it was mentioned in the book, ok?)
And don’t forget! We have a gay character! Diego, because why not?
I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I was going to rate it a two but then I remembered that thing that Ami did to Dane. That was the only part I didn’t expect in this whole book. I mean the confrontation was obviously coming but the way she did it was a chef kiss.
If you’re looking for a book that is easy to read and would make you feel like you’re on a vacation. Go read this. Just don’t expect any mind-blowing thing from this.
There you go. I was really hoping that this would be added to my romance guilty pleasure read. Well, there are more books out there. The search must continue!
What about you? What did you think?
Time to go back to work.
Thank you so much for reading the book review. I hope you liked it even though it was all over the place.
In my defense, I was listening to the Twilight Movie Soundtrack and the BlackPink Tokyo Dome album while writing this. So I was either dancing or singing along to something.
Anyway, I’ll talk to you again next week! Keep safe!