Someone Just Like You

Forever: Grand Central. Jul. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781538754801. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
New Yorker Molly Blum has her life all planned out. She has a successful career, a great relationship with her family, and an apartment around the corner from her best friend. When she is abruptly reunited with her childhood friend turned high school nemesis, Jude Stark, as their siblings force them to plan a joint anniversary party for their parents, all of Molly’s well-laid plans are turned upside down. Molly and Jude quickly return to their childhood pranks but find that there might be more to their relationship than they ever thought possible, especially when they both realize that they’ve only ever dated each other’s doppelgangers. They will have to move past years of hurting each other in order to discover the attraction that’s been there all along. The plot suffers from some uneven pacing, and several of the one-dimensional secondary characters are easily confused with each other. However, readers will love Molly and Jude’s delightful banter and Schorr’s (As Seen on TV) realistic portrayal of their relationship and its challenges, which give this satisfying rom-com a well-earned happily-ever-after.
VERDICT Perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez and rom-coms with quirky heroines.
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