Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales
for a cute reality-show-esque love story, for vengeance satisfactory, for characters who make bad choices often but you can love them anyway
WARNING: you probably will have the T. Swift song stuck in your head every time you pick up this book. Recommend reading in one sitting to minimize earworms. 😅
It’s been two years since Maya’s ex-boyfriend cheated on her, and she still can’t escape him: his sister married the crown prince of a minor European country and he captured hearts as her charming younger brother. If the world only knew the real Jordy, the manipulative liar who broke Maya’s heart.
Skye Kaplan was always cautious with her heart until Jordy said all the right things and earned her trust. Now his face is all over the media and Skye is still wondering why he stopped calling.
When Maya and Skye are invited to star on the reality dating show Second-Chance Romance, they’re whisked away to a beautiful mansion—along with four more of Jordy’s exes— to compete for his affections while the whole world watches. Skye wonders if she and Jordy can recapture the spark she knows they had, but Maya has other plans: exposing Jordy and getting revenge. As they navigate the competition, Skye and Maya discover that their real happily ever after is nothing they could have scripted.
People say it’s not about the journey, but the destination. In the case of this book, the destination is also incredibly satisfying. What I’m saying is I really liked the ending. This story is based on vengeance, and vengeance comes up constantly as it’s the main focus for one of the MCs (at least one!). That comes with all the drama required of sacrifices made to pursue vengeance and questioning what truly matters in life. In this case, I enjoyed the way each character came to their final decisions, and the “results” of it all in terms of the show.
Of course, the journey was also wonderful! I loved meeting each contestant and hearing about how they connected to the main in question. Seeing them connect with each other was way more satisfying, though. The premise of a dude’s house full of ex-girlfriends is obviously going to spark some drama, and that was certainly here, but there was an impressive amount of measuredness and level-headed decisions as well. It prevented it from falling into areas that were too angry or vindictive to be able to enjoy it or root for anyone. By the end, I’m pretty sure I loved all of them (barring that douche).
The best word I can use for this book is satisfying. And I mean that in a way that evokes smug smiles, and perfectly silky chocolate cake, and the fading notes of your favorite song. It’s just… everything is done right. It feels like exactly the story it needed to be, and it was genuinely just so fun to read.
Thank you to NetGalley for a free advanced copy. This is my honest review.