FICTION

Serena Singh Flips the Script

Berkley. Feb. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780593100936. pap. $16. F
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Serena Singh has found her dream job as a creative director at an up-and-coming advertising firm, but her personal life is lacking. Her sister, Natasha, just got married, and their close relationship becomes strained when Natasha announces that she is pregnant. It’s not jealousy that’s plaguing Serena—she isn’t looking for marriage or children, and she’s happy with her casual relationship with Becket, whom she met at Natasha’s wedding—it’s the loss of a friendship that has centered her for most of her life. Enter Ainsley Woods, a coworker who is married to the owner of Serena’s favorite chai stand. The two become fast friends, and Ainsley seems to be exactly what Serena needs. But her messy life gets the better of her when an ex-boyfriend reappears, straining her relationship with Becket and her friendship with Ainsley. Fixing the situation will require Serena to dig deep into her past to handle some long-avoided issues with love, trust, and commitment.
VERDICT Lalli’s latest (after Grown-Up Pose) has the story arc and the tropes of a romantic comedy, but it’s the happy-ever-after of friendship that makes it sparkle. Serena’s honesty and vulnerability will resonate with readers of Christina Lauren and Alisha Rai.

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