This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Released on December 3, 2019
Her head is full of RomComs and it makes sense to inspire a write around his block and reluctance to write a romcom by arranging real life meet cutes with herself as the heroine to prove romance is for real. Things don’t go according to plan… and belly laughs were had by all.
Would Like to Meet follows along as Evie, who dreams of being a scriptwriter, discovers her job is on the line if she can’t get her boss’ writer past his writing block. Thus, she goes about manufacturing meet-cutes likes famous movie romcom scenes to help jumpstart things. Only, Evie creates a series of disasters instead and its all witnessed by a man and his daughter. Meanwhile, one of her friends is becoming bridezilla and the others have their own life’s dramas. Further encounters with Ben and Anette lead to their own brand of mayhem, but then finally, it seems she is on the verge of her dream come true with her dream guy and their own romantic story. What could possibly go wrong? And, why doesn’t it feel like she always imagined?
Would Like to Meet took some adjusting for me. It read more like Chick Lit which I confess that I don’t read very often. I like it well enough, but I need to be in the right frame of mind. I had to adjust to that mode and then I was trotting along all right and tight.
I love RomComs and that was what had me snatching this one up. I liked it and had a good time. It read quickly and the writing was engaging. I adored Ben and Anette. Loathed where I was supposed to loath. And, found her posse of friends and the group’s London life quite entertaining. However, something was a bit off between me and this book. It’s one of those things that is pretty subjective so it’s really not a mark against the book, but my mood.
I speak of the comedy element.
The comedy element is very strong in this one- zany, madcap, witty, and all. It was more present than the romance part of RomCom to me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I gut laughed and groaned, snickered and agonized for the poor gal who seemed doomed to stumble through the trials of life and not being able to see what is right in front of her because she is so absorbed in what she thinks life should be. But, the humor wore thin for me after a time. Evie was vivacious and means well, but her life is a hot mess as she struggles to figure it all out.
Meanwhile, what could be a really good thing, her true romance, is there waiting and waiting and waiting. She is so oblivious that she totally gets the wrong end of the stick and misses big clues that even her friends can see. She ends up hurting the person over and over which is when I was wondering if the romance part was ever going to make an appearance. Don’t despair. She has her aha moment and smiles and swoons are had by all. I actually wasn’t upset that the romance took it’s time since she really did have to sort things out between silly romantic dreams and true love and what that looks like. She gets there, like I said.
All in all, it was engaging and oh so entertaining debut story that tells me to watch for more from this author. I think the book will appeal to a broad range of readers from contemporary romance, to chick lit, and to romcom lovers.
My thanks to Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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