Book Review: “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren

Rating: 3/5

If you had the chance to take a fully paid for tropical vacation but it was with someone you don’t get along with in the least would you still take it? I would. And I think most of us would. The setting of this book is exactly that and it ends in all the ways you would expect romantic comedy to end.

Olive’s twin sister’s wedding ends in a disaster and the newlyweds aren’t able to take their honeymoon because of food poisoning. So Olive and her arch-nemesis brother-in-law take the honeymoon trip because they were the only ones who didn’t get sick. What a coincidence right? And then guess what happens? Predictable but funny.

The predictability of a romantic comedy is somehow comforting and no one really ever complains about a feel-good story like that. I think that was part of the reason why I picked this book up. It’s lighthearted, funny, and romantic. No one can deny that they enjoy a story like that every once in a while. But like all romantic comedy movies, you don’t expect to see the best acting you’ve ever seen or the best plot that was ever written. And this book is exactly that. I don’t mean that in a bad way but I also don’t expect you to stop everything you’re doing and get your hands on this book. But if you want a good laugh, a good ending, and a good break from your crime thriller novels then this is a good one to pick up.

The reason why I gave it 3 stars is that sometimes the writing was a bit cheesy, sometimes the jokes weren’t all that funny, and some scenes were a bit over done in my opinion. I have to admit that at first I couldn’t put the book down but then it got a bit too cheesy for me. But I know that the majority of the people who read this book absolutely love it. I did, however, appreciate that it’s a bit of a latino inspired novel so there was a lot to relate to and some Spanish phrases here and there.

“I’ve been bombarded with well-meaning texts and my fridge is completely packed with food that Mom brings daily from Tío Omar, Ximena, Natalia, Cami, Miguel, Tío Hugo, Stephanie, Tina — almost as if they’ve made a Feed Olive calendar. My family feeds people. It’s what they do.”

If a movie is made based on this book, I can guarantee you I’ll be there.

So if you like cheesy, comical romantic books and you don’t really mind over predictable scenes, then you’ll definitely enjoy this book.


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