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Book Review: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle


Title: You Deserve Each Other

Author: Sarah Hogle

Description:

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

RATING

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was so toxic and made me feel so bad inside, but somehow, in the end I still ended up liking it. What the heck even?

Basically, this is an enemies to lovers but with a bit of a twist, the main characters are already engaged and are supposed to get married! Basically, it’s a story about two people who ave fallen in and then out of love, but neither of them have the guts to admit it and cancel the wedding, so the girl Naomi tries her hardest to be the worst she’s ever been in order for her fiance to break up the engagement. But if you thought that was the most toxic thing about this, you were wrong.

Their relationship was wrong on so many levels. They used to be a jolly couple but as soon as they got engaged they kind of fell apart. Naomi hates so many things about Nicholas, for example his relationship with his mother or how he leaves dirty dishes in the sink, as well as a hundred other things. When Nick comes to see her at work, she’d rather chat with her coworkers than to go say hello to him. And Nicholas is also not too fond of her. They even sleep in separate rooms. But the biggest problem is: THEY DON’T EVEN TALK ABOUT THEIR PROBLEMS TO EACH OTHER. Just suffer in silence. And they’d rather break up than try to fix it with simple communication.

I understand this book was supposed to be funny in some dark and weird way and it shouldn’t be taken as seriously as I’ve taken it. However, I don’t know why but I was so bothered by it. It made me incredibly sad I almost cried and at one point I contemplated whether or not to continue reading it or just find a cute normal contemporary romance. But I’m glad I kept on reading it because it really picked up in the second half.

Since this is a second chance romance, only after they start trying with each other, are Naomi and Nicholas able to finally enjoy each others company again. It’s as if they’re meeting each other for the first time again.

I loved Nicholas because he was so precious. Especially in the beginning, he was at least trying to make tins better but Naomi was so determined to break up that she was just being straight up mean. And by mean I mean I would’ve dumped her rude ass in a matter of seconds. But when she also began trying to be a better person is when their relationship started working again. This just proves how it takes two people to be in a relationship and both of them should try to make it work.

This lovers to enemies to lovers trope was even more interesting than the usual thing because I wanted so bad for them to work things out and be happy together again and *spoiler alert* they did!!

That being said, even though this was such an entertaining book, the vibes between these two are incredibly toxic and triggering and it just made my commitment issues so much worse. Also, if you grew up in a dysfunctional family the vibes in this book are very similar to that so I advise you to read this at your own risk.

I’m concluding this review by saying one thing: Please talk to your s/o. Tell him/er if you have any kind of problem. Don’t be toxic and treat each other with respect. That’s all for today. Happy belated Valentine’s!!

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

  1. Oof! Sorry to hear that this book’s romance didn’t turn out as well as you hoped while reading it. I also dislike reading romances gone toxic, especially if it’s as bad as you described. I hope the next main couples you find in your reading list are a lot healthier and more communicative. Thanks for sharing this review!

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