About the Author: Sarah Hogle is a stay-at-home mom who spends her free time planning weird pranks. Her dream is to live in a falling-apart castle in a forest that is probably cursed. You Deserve Each Other is her debut novel.
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary
Synopsis: For fans of The Hating Game, a debut lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about two unhappily engaged people each trying to force the other to end the relationship-and falling back in love in the process.
Naomi Westfield has an Instagram-perfect life, including the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family every bride dreams of being a part of. They never fight, complain, or disagree. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And they are miserably and utterly sick of each other.
Tired of contorting herself to fit the ridiculous standards demanded by Nicholas's family, Naomi wants out of the relationship. But there's a catch: Whoever calls off the engagement will have to foot the enormous bill for the wedding. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of wills to see who can annoy the other into surrendering through pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.
But now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves. They're having so much fun getting on each other's nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely. As Naomi discovers hidden feelings for Nicholas buried under three years of simmering resentment, she wonders if he feels the same way. Suddenly, the countdown to the wedding that may or may not come to pass feels more like a race to mutual destruction--and Naomi doesn't want to be left alone at the finish line.
Wow! Where do I start?
First, this book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As always with NetGalley, the cover and description are what really drew me to this book!
Second, reading this story was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me. The beginning and middle had me laughing until my sides hurt and tears streamed down my face, but the ending. God, the ending, the heartbreakingly sweet ending, touched my heart and made it burst with happiness.
For a debut novel, this is EXCELLENT! The characters, even the side ones like the in-laws and Naomi's coworkers felt so real and relatable. The relationship between Naomi and Nicholas was also real and relatable. And the author's witty writing was a riot! You truly got to see a couple fall apart and come back together stronger than before.
Last but not least, I finished this book in less than twenty-four hours (Yes it was that good!) and I know the characters and this story will stay with me forever. This is definitely a book I will buy and add to my bookshelf. Sarah, I can't wait to read what you publish next.
P.S. The author mentions a film agent in the acknowledgments. I hope that means this book is going to hopefully be turned into a movie because the whole time I was reading it I kept thinking 'This would make a fantastic movie!' Let me know if anyone needs me to sign a petition to make it so. :)
P.P.S. The part, when he ran over the tree, was HILARIOUS! Oh, and when they both shout to his mom out the window?! Good times people. Good times.
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This novel releases April 7, 2020.