Release Date: January 23, 2018
Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.
Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.
So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.
Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.
Wow! This book surprised me in the best of ways. I was just browsing through Net Galley and the title is what got my attention. I was expecting a ring pop, something cute and yummy and instead I got a freaking Tiffany diamond!!! I love finding these hidden gems!
This reads like a coming of age story with quirky characters, subtle humor and there are so many layers of complexity in how these characters responded to both big and small life changing events. The book starts with Eve and Ben in their college days and follows them into their 20’s. They meet several times during college but there is absolutely no interest on both sides. Just another person you are forced to make small talk with because you run in the same circles. Eve is actually in a very toxic relationship with someone else initially and you get to understand why she made some really bad decisions later.
Eventually while Eve is working as an aspiring music reporter and Ben is an engineer working on building the Freedom Tower, these two have a moment over a table of chicken wings and thus begins their romantic relationship. These two could not be any different. Ben is a logical guy, quiet and maybe considered boring. Eve is more quirky, emotional, unpredictable and a tad bit over dramatic. Her personality is probably the result of people walking out of her life in different ways and so she has huge trust issues. She does not believe in happily ever after and this leads to self-sabotaging her relationship with Ben.
I loved that this book was so WEIRD! The eccentricity of these characters balanced out the grave situations and life changes they went through. At one point Eve and Ben find out they are connected in a most shocking way. My emotions were in overload and I acutely felt Eve’s pain. The fact that she dealt with her pain by personifying bread and writing songs about how a pair of gloves feel when one of them is lost just made her that more appealing to me.
I can’t believe this is the author’s debut novel. The writing was magnificent, complex and emotionally intelligent. I dare anyone to read this book and not be blown away. Highly recommended!
Contemporary Romance/ Chick Lit
Heat Level: N/A
ARC provided by publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review