When their now famous ex-boyfriend asks them to participate in a teen reality show, two eighteen year old girls—one bent on revenge, the other open to rekindling romance—get tangled up in an unexpected twist when they fall for each other instead in Never Ever Getting Back Together by nationally and internationally-bestselling and Indie Next Pick author Sophie Gonzales.
It’s been two years since Maya’s ex-boyfriend cheated on her, and she still can’t escape him: his sister married the crown prince of a minor European country and he captured hearts as her charming younger brother. If the world only knew the real Jordy, the manipulative liar who broke Maya’s heart.
Skye Kaplan was always cautious with her heart until Jordy said all the right things and earned her trust. Now his face is all over the media and Skye is still wondering why he stopped calling.
When Maya and Skye are invited to star on the reality dating show Second-Chance Romance, they’re whisked away to a beautiful mansion—along with four more of Jordy’s exes— to compete for his affections while the whole world watches. Skye wonders if she and Jordy can recapture the spark she knows they had, but Maya has other plans: exposing Jordy and getting revenge. As they navigate the competition, Skye and Maya discover that their real happily ever after is nothing they could have scripted.
Holy. Freaking. Moly. I loved this book! Initially, I was a bit leery of this one because I’m not particularly a fan of reality TV shows. But despite that, I adored this sapphic rom-com/revenge story and had so much fun reading it. It was an enjoyable, humorous, somewhat cheesy feel-good romance that was populated with an amazing cast of characters, each brimming with personality. I loved the distinct multi-layered traits of each of the girls in the show, especially those of our two heroines, who start out by being bitter enemies and end up in love. This is a novel full of fascinating multidimensional characters, starting, of course, with Maya, the funny, snarky, and independent heroine hellbent on revenge. And as icing on the cake, Gonzales gives us Jordy, a vile villain whose interactions with the girls are super cringy and often loathsome.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the way Sophie Gonzales developed the dramatic storyline by slowly weaving together various strands of intrigue, thus bringing all of the characters closer to each other. I especially enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at a reality TV show, complete with its manufactured emotions, fake lines, and scripted scenes (including numerous retakes, when necessary). The author gives us not only a peek into the filming itself but also a compelling glimpse into the lives of the camera crew. In this way, the reality TV aspect of the story felt quite realistic and evocative, and it felt as if I were there witnessing the entire thing.
While the novel doesn’t hold any big plot surprises or weird twists, but it made me smile —and even laugh a time or two — and leave me with a happy feeling right in the middle of my belly. If you’re up for an enemies-to-lovers sapphic rom-com with a revenge subplot and plenty of hijinks and chaos, then you’ll definitely want to check out Never Ever Getting Back Together. Recommended!
Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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