The Flatshare by: Beth O’Leary
When I read the synopsis for this book, I felt like it was going to be way too cheesy for me. Basically, Tiffy goes through a bad break up with her boyfriend and needs a place to live immediately. She answers an ad in the paper that calls for a roommate to “share” the apartment – Leon will have the apartment during the day while Tiffy will have it every night. Tiffy and Leon begin writing each other notes, eventually becoming friends…and more!
I loved the characters in this book so much, and they made me fall in love with the story – cheesiness and all! But, having said that, there was depth to the story, and I was totally taken by surprise by that! If you’re looking for something light and easy, but absolutely entertaining, this book is for you!
Waiting for Tom Hanks by: Kerry Winfrey
WAITING FOR TOM HANKS is sweet and adorable and perfect in every way. I loved the references to 90s/2000s RomComs (Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally). I also loved how Annie’s love for RomCom’s comes from her relationship with her mother, who has since passed away. She continues to watch them as a way to feel closer to her mama…that’s something I can totally relate to!
This is the perfect book for when you’re needed something lighter to dive into (like now!).
Red, White, & Royal Blue by: Casey McQuiston
This one caught me completely by surprise! I loved everything about this book – it had the perfect balance between light-hearted romance, the exploration of deeper issues, and a well-developed plot and characters. Besides, who isn’t intrigued with the idea of a romance between America’s First Family and the British Royal Family?
The Unhoneymooners by: Christina Lauren
Olive and Ethan surmount innumerable hurdles to finally find themselves happily in love with each other. There were funny moments and hilarious one-liners throughout that kept me rolling through the pages. Overall, I appreciated Olive’s growth throughout the novel and her advocacy for being a curvy girl with no shame. We need more of this from authors! I liked the evolution of Olive and Ethan’s relationship, and I loved Olive’s supportive family and her relationship with her twin sister.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by: Gail Honeyman
This wasn’t my favorite book out of the bunch but so many others have loved it that it’s worth mentioning.
Eleanor is a charming, witty, and endearing woman, but struggles in social situations. Therefore, she is somewhat of a recluse, sticking to a strict schedule. But when she meets Raymond, the sweetest friend one could hope for, everything changes.
I appreciated the wit and humor of Eleanor, I just wish the whole book would have had the depth that the last ⅓ had. Again, I seem to be in the minority with this opinion and think it makes a perfect addition to this roundup.