The Rom-Com Agenda

St. Martin’s Griffin. Jan. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781250821485. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
After months, Eli Masterson thinks he’s ready for commitment to his girlfriend, Victoria, even if it means being long distance during her year-long sabbatical to Europe, but instead, Victoria breaks up with him. Eli is determined to win Victoria back. Thus, his friends conceive a makeover plan—new clothes, new hair, and new moves—to help win her back. Leah Keegan, who has spent the last year caring for her ill foster mother, is planning to move but becomes involved with the makeover scheme and this group of welcoming friends. She starts to wonder if staying put might be the answer for the first time in her life. Eli, despite the large number of rom-coms he’s been forced to watch, is beginning to wonder if grand gestures aren’t actually what he’s looking for but rather someone who accepts him as he is.
VERDICT Denker’s (Lucky for You) sweet and slow-burn love story, showcasing in-depth knowledge of romantic comedies and featuring a supporting cast worthy of their own novels, will be a perfect addition to every library.
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