“I loved this book! Neely Tubati Alexander is a writer to watch!” —Emily Giffin
“A sparkling debut about grief, love, family and the road not taken.” —Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The Rewind and Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing
In this spectacularly enjoyable and serendipitous adventure, a chance romantic encounter during a wild night at a Mardi Gras bachelorette party sends strait-laced Serena Khan’s carefully constructed life into chaos.
A wretched maid of honor. A hangover from hell. Raucous Mardi Gras crowds. There isn’t much Serena Khan is enjoying about this four-day New Orleans destination bachelorette party for her semi-estranged cousin, the bride-to-be.
UNTIL sparks fly with a handsome stranger, who—like her—is also from Seattle, at the ladies’ last stop of the evening, a Bourbon Street bar. After their conversation is cut short, Serena is overwhelmed by the desire to find the charming man with the brooding eyebrows, but her list of clues is pretty short:
His name is Julian
He lives on Chamber Hill
He works at a tech company
He loves Lil Wayne and Nirvana
The need to find him is, for Serena, both irresistible and totally irrational. In a few short weeks, her college alumni magazine is featuring her in a “Life at Thirty” feature, cementing her as a success story. She will have officially achieved the safe, stable life her late mother insisted upon. Julian is not part of the plan.
As she combs Seattle for her New Orleans flame, stripping away the perfectly curated life that would have made her mother proud, Serena must decide if the pursuit of real passion is worth it, and fast, before she destroys the life she always thought she wanted.
In a sharply funny, thoughtful, and romantic debut combining the wistfulness of Rebecca Serle with the witty sizzle of Emily Henry, Neely Tubati Alexander prompts us all to ask if the life we’re living is a life worth loving.
A chance encounter derails the meticulously planned life of Serena Khan, heroine of Tubati-Alexander's charming debut. At 30, Seattle accountant Serena is right where her Indian immigrant mother would have wanted her to be: stable (but bored) in both her job and her relationship. While begrudgingly attending her cousin's destination bachelorette party in New Orleans, Serena meets fellow Seattleite Julian, in town for a friend's birthday, at a bar and feels an instant connection—but both of their parties get out of hand, separating them before they can exchange either numbers or last names. Serena can't stop thinking about Julian even after returning home, however, and recruits her best friend, Clarence, to help find him. Along the way, Serena questions her life choices, realizing that she's been chasing security instead of happiness and that she must let go of her mother's expectations. Endearing side characters that readers won't get enough of round out this moving tale of embracing life's imperfections. Tubati-Alexander will win plenty of fans with this.
It’s hard to believe this is a debut author. I loved the rich characters and the story line! I can’t wait to see what Neely Tubati Alexander, writes next.