A grumpy/sunshine rom-com!
When small-town engineer Amy Sharpe inherits a house in Toronto, she decides it's the perfect opportunity to start over and go back to school. Away from the family that takes her for granted, away from the ex who expected so much and gave little in return.
The new Amy enjoys wandering around the city and frequenting bubble tea shops, German beer halls, dim sum restaurants, and coffee bars serving Japanese pastries. She has a roommate with the same name as her favorite fictional character, and a group of friends who meet at a cider bar every couple of weeks.
The new Amy is also in lust with her brooding, tattooed next-door neighbor, Victor Choi, who is far from friendly but looks really hot cutting the grass without a shirt. Too bad the grass doesn't grow faster.
As she starts telling him about her daily adventures—and as a little kissing in the garden becomes a regular activity—Amy begins to feel more than lust. But she fears she's falling into her old patterns in relationships and refuses to let herself be underappreciated again.
Is Victor really more than a hot fling? And what's he hiding behind that grumpy exterior?
I really enjoyed this story. There was a lot of focus on food and trying new experiences. At first this seemed odd, but it was a bit like mindfulness in some ways. There isn’t anything super complicated about the story, and it makes for a light, quick read.
Reads like a strange travelogue written by a precocious seven year old (“I tried this! We ate that! And then we went over here! SO FUN!! Wow, big city!”)… except she’s a grown woman who sometimes has sex. Couldn’t finish, too annoying.
Really good read
What an enjoyable book! Loved it, from start to finish. The main characters were smart and engaging. I really liked the thoughts they had and the way they dealt with their feelings.