Friday, September 15, 2023

Book Review: Thank You for Sharing

By Allyson Bales

Daniel Rosenberg and Liyah Cohen-Jackson’s last conversation—fourteen years ago at summer camp—ended their friendship. Until they find themselves seated next to each other on a plane, and bitterly pick up right where they left off. At least they can go their separate ways again after landing...

That is, until Daniel's marketing firm gets hired by the Chicago museum where Liyah works as a junior curator, and they’re forced to collaborate with potential career changing promotions on the line.

With every meeting and post-work social gathering with colleagues, the tension (and chemistry) between Daniel and Liyah builds until they’re forced to confront why they broke apart years ago at camp. But as they find comfort in their shared experiences as Jews of color and fumble towards friendship, can they ignore their growing feelings for each other?

With sexy charm and undeniable wit, Rachel Runya Katz's sparkling debut, Thank You For Sharing, proves that if you're open to love, anything is possible. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

Speakeasy Survival Club #17 Meeting Notes

Secretary:  Allyson

Siobhan:  amazing Irish graphic artist 
Daniel:   cinnamon roll, thoughtful
Jordan:  rock climber and Daniel’s BFF
Liyah:  salty and then she’s sweet

Rule Addition: 12:  You MUST read this book! 

Additional notes: Thank you so much Rachel Runya Katz for allowing me to read this wonderful story and meet these characters!

What an amazing debut! I definitely hope it is part of a series!  I need to know what happens to the characters and miss them already!  There is amazing diversity and representation in this book and I fell in love with these vivacious 20 somethings!  I am older than that but Liyah, Daniel, Siobhan, and Jordan were relatable and so fun and reading this reminded me so much of my twenties. 

Liyah and Daniel met at sleepaway camp many years ago and had a falling out.  They meet again years later and the meet cute is a DISASTER, but I loved it!  Liyah is sassy and prickly and Daniel is softer and sweet and their dynamic had me laughing out loud and making heart eyes.  I have never been to a sleepaway camp but my best friend has and to this day still talks to her friends that she met there.  Have you been?  This book made me want to go back in time and beg my parents to let me go!  

I loved Liyah and Daniel’s friendships.  I loved Jordan and Siobhan’s support and really hope to read more about what ends up happening to them!  Together with Daniel and Liyah, they start the Speakeasy Survival Club where they get to vent, gossip, and support one another.  Found family is so special in books and I think we all need more of that.  A safe place to really be yourself with friends you call family is so important.

Katz does an amazing job of writing such a layered story.  There are subplots that I really enjoyed, especially centering around Liyah’s job as an exhibition developer/designer and her goal to become a curator.  Liyah works at the Field Museum in Chicago and I have always wanted to go there.  It was interesting to learn about what is done to keep museums running and functioning.  I also really loved the way Katz explored more sensitive topics.  As a mental health therapist, I found the representation of the therapeutic process very relatable.  I loved the healing journey that was showcased in this book!  

If you love a slow burn romance with a dual point of view and fun friends you can’t get enough of, read this book immediately!  Rachel, please write us more!

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the book in exchange for an honest review. Purchase Thank You For Sharing here.

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