When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.
Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.
Naomi wants out, but there's a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.
But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves—and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.
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Equal parts wickedly fun and unexpectedly heartwarming, You Deserve Each Other is the perfect romance in disguise. Sarah Hogle’s delightful novel follows two people who finally realize their toxic relationship needs to end, only to discover that this might be the start of something new—and great. Naomi used to be crazy about Nicholas, but as their wedding date approaches, she starts to have serious doubts. Unfortunately, whoever calls off the party gets stuck with the bill. The devilish pranks that Naomi and Nicholas pull off in an effort to get the other one to break things off are laugh-out-loud funny. But what’s even more fun about their journey is that, somewhere between embarrassing each other in restaurants and hiding each other’s shoes, Naomi and Nicholas discover how much they have in common. Suddenly, their relationship has something it never had before: honesty. Clever and heartfelt, You Deserve Each Otherwould make a very fun movie.
With a narrator readers will either love or hate, Hogle's over-the-top debut takes the progression of lovers-to-enemies (and back to lovers) to an unbelievable extreme. Almost two years after Naomi Westfield and Nicholas Rose's first date, the picture perfect couple is engaged and Nick's overbearing mother, Deborah, is planning their wedding. Naomi despises Deborah and Nick can't stand Naomi's artsy work friends. And Nick and Naomi have grown to loath one another as well, but have kept that a secret since neither can break the engagement without incurring massive bills and embarrassment. Instead, they embark on an all-out prank war as each tries to get the other to end things first. Though the couple's shenanigans are written as humorous fun that help them rediscover the joy of their relationship and slowly bring them back together, the pranks themselves frequently verge on gaslighting and actual cruelty: Naomi sabotages Nick's business and breaks his phone, Nick berates Naomi and dangles the potential of him having an affair in her face. Hogle has a gift for detail and narrative flow, but many readers will grow frustrated by Naomi's voice, which alternates between snarkiness and whininess. This rom-com is not for the faint of heart.