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As much as I enjoy the friends to lovers trope in stories, it can be a difficult one to get right. For me, there has to be a believable reason why the two friends may not have dated or realised their feelings for each other before they become lovers. There also has to be a chemistry between the two friends that makes the transition from friends to lovers feel right.
It was the complete lack of chemistry between Poppy and Alex that spoiled my enjoyment of this book. The differences in their personalities and the constant awkwardness between them made it very hard to believe that they were the close friends we are told they are. The forced banter forms the basis of every conversation they have so there was no real depth or meaning.
After really enjoying Beach Read last summer I was looking forward to the next book from Emily Henry but this one is really missing the spark.
Purchased this on the basis of the reviews and comments. Bad decision. I found it not funny nor romantic at all. It might be a cultural thing, I don't know, but I do know what I like and what I consider poor reading. Same with a lot of American movies these days, they appear to have run out of ideas and are borrowing ideas from other countries such as Asia and Europe. I struggled to get about one third of the way through this book in the hope it would improve... It didn't, at least for me. Maybe my standards for romantic comedies are set to high these days. The last romantic comedy I really enjoyed from my Kindle was 'Honeymoon for One' by another author. For me this book does not even rate one star really.