“A sparkling delight about found and chosen family, being brave even in the tiny moments, and the rewards we can reap when we put our authentic selves out there. What a sweet, hilarious treat.” —Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
Franny Doyle is having the worst day. She’s been laid off from her (admittedly mediocre) job, the subway doors ripped her favorite silk dress to ruins, and now she’s flashed her unmentionables to half of lower Manhattan. On the plus side, a dashing stranger came to her rescue with his (Gucci!) suit jacket. On the not-so-plus side, he can’t get away from her fast enough.
Worse yet? Someone posted their (entirely not) meet-cute online. Suddenly Franny and her knight-in-couture, Hayes Montgomery III, are the newest social media sensation, and all of New York is shipping #SubwayQTs.
Only Franny and Hayes couldn’t be a more disastrous match. She’s fanciful, talkative, and creative. He’s serious, shy, and all about numbers. Luckily, in a city of eight million people, they never have to meet again. Yet somehow, Hayes and Franny keep running into each other—and much to their surprise, they enjoy each other’s company. A lot. But when Franny’s whole world is turned upside down (again!), can she find the courage to trust in herself and finally have the life—and love—she’s always wanted?
A clever, tender rom-com romp for readers of Jasmine Guillory, Abby Jimenez, and Sophie Cousens.
Read this if you love: Opposites attract romance A love letter to New York City An adorable meet disaster Found family
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this sweet, hilarious romantic comedy, the magical and aggravating city of New York becomes one of the main characters. On the morning she’s laid off, aspiring interior designer Franny has a mortifying meltdown on a Brooklyn-bound subway. She lands in the arms of an environmentally-conscious financier named Hayes, who doesn’t exactly come across as a great guy—especially when the incident goes viral and they end up on the local morning news. First-time novelist Kate Spencer charmed us with her pair of socially awkward leads. Franny blurts out inappropriate jokes, Hayes is a stuffy stick-in-the-mud. As the two adorably fumble around each other, their smart and funny friends subtly start rooting for them. Spencer plays with all our favorite rom-com tropes in a sly, knowing way, throwing in little unexpected twists. Live a perfectly imperfect New York summer with In a New York Minute.
Spencer's bubbly, opposites-attract debut romance (following her memoir The Dead Moms Club) doubles as a love letter to New York City, here a character in its own right. Chatty interior designer Franny Doyle's day starts with being fired and goes downhill from there. In a hilarious meet-cute, she has a wardrobe malfunction on the subway, and quirky, buttoned-up Hayes Montgomery III comes to her rescue by offering his Gucci suit jacket to cover her up. Someone captures the moment on camera, and they become an internet sensation known as the SubwayQTs. The promise of romance fades when their virality lands them on the morning news and Hayes announces on live TV that Franny's not his type. But the Big Apple continues to throw these two together, giving them ample opportunities to grow on each other. Through alternating perspectives, the reader meets the supportive, entertaining friend groups that buoy the lovers when they're down. The leisurely paced story detours into several fun if distracting subplots, including Franny's friend Lola falling for Hayes's cousin Perrine, and Franny discovering an Italian half-sister. Still, the central couple are both adorable and believably imperfect, and readers will root for their happy ending. This is a joy.
Cute Slow Burn
I really enjoy good writing, & this was exactly that! I loved their characters, their humanness, and the way the story felt authentically inclusive without the try-hard that many others have when attempting to “catch up with the times”. To be honest, the chemistry was hard to pick up on between the main characters & I actually wish we saw more of Lola and Perrine, but overall, it just felt very real & reflective of the beautiful parts of our society today. I’ll never move to NY, but this story made me almost want to (kinda)!
Feel Good Book
This is a great romantic comedy to read. It is fun and entertaining. The author makes it so you can envision the characters. Fast read and perfect for a rainy day. Highly recommend.
Cute story BUT
I’ve had it up to here with this stupid wokeness. I can’t tell you how confusing it was to try to figure out if their employee had a team behind them or was that the pronouns?
And what kind of best friends give blind support to “do whatever you want because it’s your life and we love you and if you want to ruin we support that.” This book had cute moments but to read it explains in nice detail why this latest generation of young adults are just lost and confused. They apparently don’t have friends and family that slaps them upside their heads and tells them they’re being stupid and making mistakes. And as a NYer, I cringe every single time I read a book about how NY is just the greatest. This is how people keep getting sucked into the dream of moving to NY and living the dream. It’s a dirty city with rude people, amazing food and outlandish living expenses. And rats. Lots and lots of rats. Sounds magical.
This book’s underlying theme is just keep lying until you crack under the lies and then learn to tell the truth.