You may not remember, but I read Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon a few months ago, and I absolutely adored it. I was so excited to get an early copy of her debut adult book, The Ex Talk!
Luckily, I loved it just as much.
Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.
When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.
As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
This was such a fun book because it took two common tropes—enemies to lovers + fake dating—but turned them upside down! In this case, it was actually an enemies to lovers + fake exes story, which isn’t something I’d ever read before.
It was fresh and funny, and I was so entertained the entire time by it.
The characters were each so witty and had their own distinct personalities, which is why I enjoyed the book so much. I think characters are the most important pieces to any type of story because it’s what makes the audience care about the rest of the elements (like plot, world, magic, etc.). And Rachel does a phenomenal job of creating realistic characters that are fun to read about!
I also really enjoyed the radio/podcasting element to this story! As a communication student, I’ve learned about the world of radio before, but this really brought it to life for me. I think a writer is great at what they do if they can make you interested in something you’ve never really care about before. For example, the directors, producers, and writers behind The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix made millions of people watch an entire show about the game of chess. It made me so excited by it that I even began teaching myself chess!
The Ex Talk did that for me with radio. I think the behind-the-scenes of it all was so fascinating, and it was useful to read about since I just started my own podcast as well!
Finally, the plot was great. There were some parts that I think could have been slowed down a little bit, but overall I had such a great time with this book.
If you are an adult romance fan, this is a great book to pick up! Even if you’re not much of an adult reader, I think this is a good book to help you get into the world of adult books because it’s light and not too hardcore.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
This book comes out on January 26th, so be sure to add it to your TBR if you’re interested or preorder it now!
Have you read this or any of Rachel Lynn Solomon’s other books?