Not Like the Movies
What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don’t even believe in true love?
Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez.
As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who’s always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.
Humor and love abound in Winfrey's delightfully meta rom-com (after Waiting for Tom Hanks). Optimist Chloe Sanderson's best friend, screenwriter Annie, based her latest blockbuster Hollywood romance on what she sees as the will-they-won't-they between Chloe and her gruff boss, Nick Velez. Chloe and Nick have never been a couple, but everyone who witnesses their bickering thinks it's only a matter of time. Chloe admits to her strong attraction to Nick, but insists she has no time for a relationship between caring for her father, who has Alzheimer's, working long hours at Nick's coffee shop, and all her other responsibilities. But as Annie reminds Chloe that she needs to let others help her, Nick, emboldened by Annie's movie, works up the courage to show her how he feels. Chloe's hilarious inner-dialogue showcases her quick wit and smarts, even as externally she's awkward and clumsy. The snarky banter between Chloe and Nick is electric, and it's a joy to witness Chloe slowly opening up. Nick's quiet devotion to Chloe is swoon-worthy and sure to win over romance fans. This is a winner.
I loved the beginning of this novel! The writing style was similar to the author’s first work and felt very conversational. However, towards the end I could not stand Chloe as a protagonist. Her actions and thoughts were immature and not worth the time to read. Personally, I also thought the plot was overworked and just kept on repeating itself. Cute novel but disappointing characterization 2/3 in. Thanks!