Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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.

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The Unhoneymooners is the latest offering from romance mammoth Christina Lauren: a swoony beach read that’s been amped up so much on Bookstagram, no matter how much I looked forward to it, I didn’t think it could possibly live up to its reputation.

It excelled it, and I am delighted to have been proven wrong.

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❗️Mild spoilers ahead!❗️

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👍THE GOOD👍
👍 Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favourite romance tropes, and this is one of my favourite takes on it. Real hate! Real banter! Real reasons! But not so bad that it’s not believable when that hate turns to love! It is dreamily executed. Which brings me to…
👍 It’s dreamy. Full stop. The gorgeous setting that gives wanderlust. The gentle sweetness always topped with some acid tongue banter that stops it being sickly. All the little details. I swoon. Still, in memory.
👍 I adore these characters–and even the ones I hate are so gritty and real I love to hate them. Olive and her family are almost My Big Fat Greek Wedding in their humour and overbearing brilliance, and Ethan is cute as all hell. In fact, I was picturing Henry Cavill the entire time, which doesn’t hurt–and also leads me to:
👍 Christ, this book is so visual in the way you can see it happening, it’s basically already a script. Netflix, get on it!

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❤️THE BEST❤️
❤️ This book made me smile. It seems like such a simple thing: but it’s been a really stressful and anxiety-riddled summer, and of all the stories I’ve tried to soothe my soul with, this is the one that really provided pure joyful escapism. I couldn’t give it a higher compliment than that.

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🌟THE HIGHLIGHTS🌟
🌟Favourite character: Olive, of the wit and adorability ❤️
🌟Favourite quote: ‘My smile literally unfurls. Suddenly, I am the Grinch wearing a Santa hat.’
🌟Favourite moment: I had SO many. Dinner with the Hamiltons, Olive and Ethan on the boat, that sunrise…

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This book is:
A standalone🔶Part of a duology🔶Part of a trilogy🔶Part of a series

It’s also:
Action-packed🔶Charming🔶Clever🔶Comforting🔶Creepy🔶Dark🔶Emotional🔶Funny🔶Gripping🔶Haunting🔶Heartbreaking🔶Intense🔶Mysterious🔶Powerful🔶Quirky🔶Romantic🔶Sad🔶Scary🔶Sweet🔶Tear-jerking🔶Tense🔶Touching🔶Twisted🔶Violent🔶Witty

It’s:
Middle Grade🔶YA🔶Adult

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