Read-Alikes for ‘Funny Story’ by Emily Henry | LibraryReads

Funny Story by Emily Henry is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

Funny Story by Emily Henry (Berkley; LJ starred review) is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

 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.—Migdalia Jimenez

By the Book: A Meant To Be Novel by Jasmine Guillory (Hyperion Avenue)

Appeared on the May 2022 LibraryReads list

“An enjoyable Beauty and the Beast–inspired tale! Editorial assistant Isabelle has to handle a ‘cancelled’ celebrity, Beau Towers, and moves into his mansion to help him with his memoir. Isabelle is likeable, and her relationship with Beau, though contentious at first, grows in a believably sweet way.”—Jill Rupp, Sun Prairie Public Library, Sun Prairie, WI 

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan (Putnam)

Appeared on the June 2022 LibraryReads list

“Nora Hamilton is a TV writer who pens a script based on her disaster of a broken marriage. Next thing she knows, a film crew arrives at her country home with two famous actors in tow. What follows is one of the funniest, heartbreaking-ist, and most endearing stories you will read. For fans of Jasmine Guillory and Emily Henry.”—Stephanie Piro, Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NH

The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest (Berkley; LJ starred review)

“Lily Greene needs a date for her sister’s wedding but doesn’t want her family’s ‘help’ to find one. She ends up asking her hot neighbor Nick for help instead, but complications ensue when she realizes he’s N.R. Strickland—the fantasy author who ghosted her. The lead characters who see the best in each other and help each other grow make for a satisfying second-chance romance.”—Midge Loery, Mark Twain Library, Redding, CT

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