This is another book that I’ve seen all over Goodreads and just had to see for myself what the hype was all about. Friends, I’m so very glad I made this choice because I loved this book.
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.
As you might have gathered by all my YA-related posts, adult books don’t really appeal to me. I find that unless they’re fantasies or thrillers, the plots bore me and the characters are too unrelatable.
Thankfully I didn’t let my aversion to this realm stop me from picking this baby up from the library because I fell head over heels for it. It was romantic, so funny, and really sweet.
The enemies to lovers trope is a well-used device that (almost) always gets me no matter how often it’s used. I really loved watching Olive and Ethan’s relationship grow from hating one another to possibly, dare I say it, tolerating each other. Their banter, completely awkward yet sexy yet cringey yet funny encounters, and past with one another made for a very entertaining ride.
The setting was about as amazing as you could get. Most of the book takes place in Maui and features luxurious massages, amazing sunsets, and snorkeling, among other vacation activities. The other parts of the book take place near where I live: the Twin Cities! It was fun to see some Minnesota slang, places, and descriptions thrown in there. It made the story feel more personal to me, and made me really want to find a cute enemy to take to Hawaii with me.
Could the plot have been more complex? Sure. Do I still love this book regardless? Absolutely. I cannot remember the last time I actually laughed out loud multiple times while reading a book, and The Unhoneymooners made me do just that.
And honestly, this book does tackle some heavier conflicts than just “will they, won’t they?” tropes. We see infidelity, battles of self-worth, complex family dynamics, forgiveness, and so much more. It’s true that romance takes the wheel in this book but I don’t want to undervalue the role these different issues play and the way the authors tackled them.
The characters are older than me and they come from different backgrounds than me but I still found their personalities so fun and relatable. The snarky banter is something I can definitely identify with, and Olive’s close family reminded me of my own.
This is definitely a book I’ll be picking up in the future, especially during the summer, or dead of Minnesota winter to help transport me to warmer, happier places. I would definitely recommend giving this book a try. Now when can I get my hands on more Christina Lauren books?
Have you read The Unhoneymooners? What did you think of it?