June 10th – 11th
In an attempt to widen the genres of books I’m reading, I decided to try and get on the Christina Lauren bandwagon. I had seen several good reviews of this book, and the plot sounded like the type of thing I might enjoy if it were made into a movie, so I decided to give it a go.
Having just finished a darker fantasy novel, I was really surprised by how different it felt reading this. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a contemporary, and I wasn’t accustomed to the pop culture references, technology use, and slang. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, it just felt more jarring than I was expecting.
That being said, I wasn’t a huge fan of the story. Olive is perpetually unlucky, and her twin sister Ami is. When Ami’s wedding goes horribly wrong, Olive and her nemesis Ethan (her sister’s new husband’s brother… say that 5 times fast) must take their honeymoon.
The concept is interesting. This is a hate-to-love romance, but it was decidedly lacking in hate. I was expecting Olive to be dripping in contempt for Ethan. I was expecting them to actually hate each other, and to be honest, they didn’t. Their whole “hate” relationship was built off of a misunderstanding.
This was a quick read. I finished the book in just a few hours. I think I would recommend this to people who enjoy reading in this genre, but it doesn’t feel like it’s for me.