The Unhoneymooners has been sitting on my bookshelf for a very very long time now. And over the past year I have heard wonderful things about it but just haven't had the time to pick it up. Thanks to good ol’ audiobooks, I finally listened to this book and once again, it truly was what it was cracked up to be.
Olive doesn’t have much luck regarding, well, much in her life, while her twin sister Amy, rarely pays for a thing because she wins everything for free. Amy is also getting married and Olive is forced to spend time with the groom’s best man and brother, Ethan. The man she has grown to dislike since the moment she met him. But when the entire wedding gets food poisoning, Olive and Ethan who went unscathed agree to make the most of this free vacation to Hawaii that their siblings don’t want to go to waste.
I felt these characters were very authentic. Olive’s inner struggle with her appearance and unhappiness showed a genuine side of her. Ethan’s lack of awareness and blinders for his younger brother’s flaws made you want to shake him to wake up, but he represents many people who do not want to see the not-so-pretty side of a loved one. However, once a level of mutual diplomacy was agreed upon between Olive and Ethan, the enemies-to-lovers trope was checked off and I was all for it! The description of the setting and the build up of the moment that Olive and Ethan finally get together truly was written so well making this the perfect light read; especially for the beach.
For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—even love—in this witty and swoonworthy romance from the New York Times bestselling duo who “hilariously depict modern dating” (Us Weekly) and authors of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and Roomies.
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, 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.
With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a fun and charming romance that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.