The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – A book review

Jun 15, 202022 comments

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What kinda books pull you out of a reading slump? A while ago, I read The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren when I was in a kinda slump and believe me, it worked. So let us get on with the review of The Unhoneymooners, shall we?

About the book

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Book Name: The Unhoneymooners

Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: Fiction – Romance

Characters: Olive and Ami Torres, Ethan Thomas

Setting: MinnesotaMaui, HawaiiThe USA

The plot


When her identical twin Ami, her husband and her entire party gets food poisoning, Olive is given a chance to use her all expenses paid honeymoon package. It sounds great except for the fact that she would have to share it with Ethan, her nemesis and brother of the groom.

To complicate matters, Olive bumps into her future ex boss and Ethan’s ex and they decide to pretend to be the married couple. They stop pretending after a while, but do they ever get back together after their unhoneymoon ends? Read The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren to know what happens next.

My initial thoughts

The Unhoneymooners is my first book by the duo Christina Lauren and I should say I am sold. If their other books are any similar, I would definitely read them. I loved the hilarious writing, especially in the first half. I liked the protagonists, even though I felt Ethan was not really developed deep enough. 

And maybe it had to do with the entire plot being written only from Olive’s POV. That is different from the usual ‘enemies to lovers’ trope writing style, where we usually see the feelings of both the protagonists. But again, that is not a big negative on my radar.

Things that worked for me

  • I love the deeper parts beyond the romance and the fluff (which I enjoyed too).
  • The family/friendship bonding was well written. 
  • The writing is hilarious and witty and is perfect for a fun read. 

Things that didn’t work for me

  • I expected a little more groveling in the end. She forgave them too quickly, in my opinion.
  • I wish we had a bit more about Ethan than his facial expressions. 

Bottom-line

It is a perfect book to pick out of a slump or brighten your dull afternoon, which are incidentally what happened to me. 

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22 Comments

  1. Finitha Jose

    Been hearing a lot about this book. Will have to read now. Lovely review!

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    • Gayathri

      Let me know how it is for you.

      Reply
  2. vidya

    I kept meaning to add this to my TBR.. and now I will !

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    • Gayathri

      Yes please. You will love it.

      Reply
  3. Whispering Stories

    The book certainly sounds unique and interesting. Glad you enjoyed it. Great review.

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    • Gayathri

      It was definitely. Thank you.

      Reply
  4. DJ Sakata

    I must read this

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    • Gayathri

      Oh you will love it.

      Reply
  5. Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf

    This one has been on my TBR for some time. I keep hearing good things. Thanks for sharing your review!

    Reply
    • Gayathri

      Let me know if you ever get to read it.

      Reply
  6. Maureen @ Maureen's Books

    I haven’t read this one. But I have read Christina Lauren in the past and really enjoyed it.
    I’m glad you like this one as much.

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    • Gayathri

      Oh this is my first one and I will definitely be reading more from them.

      Reply
  7. Charvi Koul

    Omg you should definitely read Autobiography by this duo…. that book stole my heart 😍

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    • Gayathri

      Thanks for the rec, adding it to my TBR right away.

      Reply
  8. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    This was such a funny, feel-good story! I just loved all the humor in this one and it was easy to relate to OLive and pull for her. 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      I totally agree with you.

      Reply
  9. Laura Thomas

    I hope to get to this one at some point. It does sound like fun.

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    • Gayathri

      Let me know how you like it, when you read it.

      Reply
  10. Sam@wlabb

    I loved this book. It was so funny, and Olive’s family was hilarious. It was great to see her figure out herself too.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes I agree.

      Reply
  11. Obsessivemom

    Sounds like a nice and easy read to dip into after a long heavy one.

    Reply
    • Gayathri

      It definitely was..

      Reply

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