ROMANCE

Life, Unscheduled

Montlake. Sept. 2021. 318p. ISBN 9781542027717. pap. $12.95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Nicole Palmieri has dedicated her life to her job at a cutting-edge Los Angeles tech company and is pursuing a much-deserved promotion; it’s all she can focus on. So of course her life has to get more complicated. Her best friend gets engaged, she’s asked to be the maid of honor, and she meets a guy who could be the One. Planning and scheduling her life to balance all these new opportunities is the only way Nicole sees to survive the next six months of her hectic life, so she breaks out her prioritization matrix and gets to organizing. Anxiety attacks, sabotaging coworkers, new career opportunities for her boyfriend, and a wild bachelorette party in Las Vegas are just a few of the things that make Nicole ask herself what truly makes her happy and what she’s willing to do to live the life she truly wants.
VERDICT Rockaway’s newest standalone offers an honest and open look at the mental health and relationship struggles of a modern career woman. Nicole’s struggles are real and relatable, while her happy ending is hard-earned and sweet.
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