BOOK REVIEW: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Format: Paperback
Genre:  Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Gallery Books 
429 pages
Buy:  Kindle | Paperback


Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion...she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is...Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.


This book had me rolling on the floor laughing.  So many really good moments, witty dialogue, great characters and some real life drama.  I flew through this book and intertwined with the romantic hijinks there was some sage advice.  Communication solves so many problems! If Olive and Ethan had ever spoken about what was going on between them maybe they could have defused the situation sooner and maybe hearts wouldn't have broken.  Not to mention honesty, there are so many instances where honesty really would have been the best policy.  

Olive thinks she is unlucky but that her sister Ami is the lucky one, but is she? Does she just work harder at being positive? Seems to me that Olive was just as lucky as Ami but she never looked at the bright side of things only the darker side.  Once she flipped that she noticed that in fact her luck wasn't all that bad. 

In the end I felt like these characters were fun friends. I was at the beach when I read it and it certainly left me feeling light, happy and feeling lucky! 

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