Funny Story

Berkley. Apr. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780593441282. $29. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Just weeks before Daphne’s dream wedding to her picture-perfect fiancé Peter, he abruptly leaves her for his childhood best friend Petra. Adding insult to injury, he gives Daphne one week to move out. Her job as a children’s librarian doesn’t pay much, and she doesn’t have any friends or family nearby after recently moving to be closer to Peter’s family. Blindsided and desperate, she moves in with the equally jilted Miles, Petra’s ex-boyfriend, who now has extra space in his apartment. Living with Peter’s new fiancée’s ex-boyfriend is not something Daphne ever expected. Virtual strangers, buttoned up Daphne and laidback Miles have nothing in common, except their mutual broken hearts. When Daphne and Miles get invited to their exes’ wedding, they decide to attend together, as a pretend couple. As the summer progresses, they become close and start to realize that their flourishing love is anything but fake.
VERDICT This opposites-attract meets fake-dating plot has vividly drawn characters, emotionally charged storylines, and a beautiful small-town Michigan setting that will captivate devoted followers of Henry’s (Happy Place) work and convert new readers into ardent fans.
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