Thank you so much to Gallery Books and Netgalley for letting me read an e-ARC for Shipped! Not only do I love cruises, but I’m also in marketing for my day job, so I was super into Henley and the summary of this book! I loved this book way more than I was expecting, and since it came out on January 19, I need everyone to read it ASAP!!!
Shipped 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it.
The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.
Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands…together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard.
With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?
I loved Henley so, so much. She was ambitious and relatable and juggling way too much and she hated her boss but couldn’t do anything about it and it seemed like he hated her too and was always belittling her and her work life was more and more annoying, all because of stupid Graeme Crawford-Collins (lol I had to stop myself from typing Graeme Cracker, since that’s what Henley calls him when she’s the most annoyed with him). She reminds me of myself and of my best friend Bee- always working and trying to get forward in our jobs (and she’s especially relatable since we also work in marketing). I hated that she had to fight someone else (Graeme) for the promotion that should have been hers from the get go, but I loved the way in which they went about having them do the whole competition. I thought the Galapagos cruise sounded amazing and I loved how Henley was able to take her sister on the cruise with her (because I really loved Walsh so much) and Henley and Graeme getting close on the cruise was super cute! I also liked how she realized that she needed to take a break and have a real work-life balance, or else life would definitely pass you by and actually implemented that when she got back from the cruise. I also really loved the ending, but I hated how it came about and how ugh gross and slimy certain aspects of things were, but I know that’s how the world is (I hope this is vague enough that it doesn’t spoil anything, because I think y’all really need to read Shipped and be as outraged as I was while reading it haha). In terms of the plot, it moved super fast- I started and finished this book in one night- that’s how much I enjoyed it! Overall, I definitely think you need to pick up Shipped and read it now!