I’m So (Not) Over You

Berkley. Feb. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780593334447. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
The only reason unemployed journalist Kian Andrews agreed to meet his ridiculously wealthy ex-boyfriend at a local café in Boston is for answers to why they broke up. But before he knows it, Hudson Rivers convinces him to pretend they’re still dating by bribing him with a job introduction, because Hudson’s parents think Kian is the one good thing he has going for him. As Kian’s BFF wants to rip Hudson apart and his brother says part of the problems with Hudson are definitely Kian’s fault, dinner with the parents turns into an ordeal of anger at the ruse and longing to get Hudson back. Then Mrs. Rivers hands them invitations to a family wedding in Georgia and makes it a command performance. Kian is sinking deeper into the Rivers family drama and he’s not sure his heart can survive another go round. Kian is a three-dimensional, fully flawed main character whose quest for love is also a quest for understanding of himself.
VERDICT Jackson jumps from an outstanding YA debut with Yesterday Is History to deliver a delightfully outrageous romantic comedy full of pop culture references, strong families, and a ride-or-die BFF.
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