Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I had seen The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren all over Instagram as people read the book and stated that it was a good story. I decided to give it a read.

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction


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.

My thoughts:

The Unhoneymooners was the perfect rom-com read. It was a humorous story that highlights prejudices and the way we assume what others are thinking. Misunderstandings can morph and escalate into feelings of almost hatred. This pseudo-hatred is what exists between Olive and Ethan, and one which ensures that neither one of them will back down from an unexpected holiday. Spending time together, however, leads Olive to an understanding that it is her own insecurities that began the love-hate relationship between them.

Olive not only comes to an understanding of her relationship with Ethan but she also learns a little more about herself during, and after, her unexpected holiday. Her self knowledge comes from self-reflection as a result of her experiences. As in all modern romantic comedies, the heroine is able to grow without the aid of the male protagonist. Instead, he is the catalyst that encourages self-reflection and self-realisation.

I enjoyed reading Lauren’s latest novel and recommend it if you are looking for a light read that will make you laugh and leave you with a sense of satisfaction at the end.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 65th in my book pledge for 2019)

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