Monday, June 3, 2024

Book Review: Just Some Stupid Love Story

By Melissa Smoot

Molly Marks writes Hollywood rom-coms for a living—which is how she knows “romance” is a racket. The one and only time she was naive enough to fall in love was with her high school boyfriend, Seth—who she ghosted on the eve of graduation and hasn’t seen in fifteen years.

Seth Rubinstein believes in love, the grand, fated kind, despite his job as, well…one of Chicago’s most successful divorce attorneys. Over the last decade, he’s sought “the one” in countless bad dates and rushed relationships. He knows his soulmate is out there. But so far, no one can compare to Molly Marks, the first girl who broke his heart.

When Molly’s friends drag her to Florida for their fifteenth high school reunion, it is poetic justice that she’s forced to sit with Seth. Too many martinis and a drunken hookup later, they decide to make a bet: whoever can predict the fate of five couples before the next reunion must declare that the other is right about true love. The catch? The fifth couple is the two of them.

Molly assures Seth they are a tale of timeless heartbreak. Seth promises she’ll end up hopelessly in love with him. She thinks he’s delusional. He has five years to prove her wrong.

Wickedly funny, sexy, and brimming with laughs and heart like the best romantic comedies, Just Some Stupid Love Story is for everyone who believes in soulmates—even if they would never admit it. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

This was such a fun and fast-paced story, I really enjoyed it. I liked how Doyle spanned the story over multiple years. The two main characters, Molly and Seth, alternated chapters in their own POV, which made for a well-rounded story. Reading how each one was seeing the same situation in a different light gave the plot a lot of substance. 

The fact that Seth and Molly have known one another since high school added to desire for a “happy ending”. The two have the typical issues with bad timing and missed opportunities, but they add to the allure of the story and hook you in even more.

When I first started reading, I was sure I could predict everything that would happen, it is a rom-rom after all. I was so wrong, and I am glad that I was. Even though Doyle throws in the typical cheesy rom-com characteristics, it worked for this story. I felt like I related to both Seth and Molly at the same time, even though they were coming from hugely differing perspectives. This is one you should add to your summer reading or beach read list. You will laugh, cry, cringe, and smile throughout the entire story.

Thanks to Flatiron for the book in exchange for an honest review. Purchase Just Some Stupid Love Story here.

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