I have finally read my first ever Christina Lauren book. It took me forever, but we’re here!
I read The Unhoneymooners and actually just finished it a couple of days ago. Let’s just jump straight into the review!
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.
I will say, I went into this book with relatively high expectations. Everyone is constantly praising this author-duo for their work, and I was excited to see what this hype was about and whether I could find a new favorite.
Fortunately, my expectations were met, and I really did enjoy this book!
I will say, in the beginning, I wasn’t immediately into this book. The writing wasn’t my favorite at first. It was hard to get into, and it felt a little off. However, that may have just been due to the fact that I had recently finished a book with a very different writing style. Either way, I did get used to it.
I also thought that the hate aspect of the “hate to love” was a bit too strong and unwarranted. I could not understand why the characters hated each other so much because nothing really happened between them.
However, as the story progressed, I could see both sides and how it evolved. Their characters weren’t SUPER developed, but I do think you could see their chemistry together.
I was gripped within 50-75 pages, and from there, the rest was a really quick read because I was having so much fun with the story.
This book was funny, witty, romantic, and more. Some of the aspects of the plot were a bit unrealistic and over-the-top, but it made for a very interesting story. So many things just kept going wrong, but the characters were able to work their way through them, even while still hating each other many times.
Also, there was a travel aspect to the story (duh, honeymoon), but I loved reading about it and all of their adventures.
On top of this, the main character is biracial (Mexican, I believe, and white), which is a big plus!
One thing that knocked it down a star for me, though, was some of the conversations with Olive’s family members. There was one line where someone had said they wished they were born lesbian, and there were some other comments being made where the family believed someone was gay because
There was also plus-size rep, but it wasn’t 100% defined, and as someone who can not speak for this representation, I can not say whether this was a good or bad portrayal.
Overall, I did enjoy this story, and I am very likely to pick up more books by Christina Lauren.
Have you read this or any other Christina Lauren books? Let me know what your thoughts were of them so I can add more to my TBR (or take them off).
Thanks for reading and see you soon!