ARC Review: Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson

Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Too Good to be Real! This book came out earlier this week (on July 6), so make sure you go out and grab it today!

Too Good to Be Real 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

She plans to prove there’s a dozen reasons why life isn’t like a romantic comedy, only to discover the one reason it is…

While her friends wish for meet cutes worthy of their favorite rom-coms, Julia is ready to give up on love. Swiping right has replaced getting swept off your feet and good old-fashioned romance has become, well, old-fashioned.

A writer for a popular website, love becomes the last thing on her mind when impending layoffs threaten her job. As Julia searches for the ultimate pitch to impress her boss, she stumbles upon a resort offering guests a chance to live out their romantic comedy dreams. Real life dating is so bleak, who wouldn’t want to spend a week in a fantasy rom-com world with your best friends?

At the resort, Julia literally falls into a not-quite-meet-cute involving an aggressive seagull and an adorably awkward guy named Luke who is also participating in the rom-com experience. Julia hides the fact she is there to do a story, but Luke harbors a few secrets of his own. Among further encounters with thieving seagulls, a gaggle of corgis, kisses in the rain, and even a karaoke serenade, their feelings deepen quickly. But could their love be real when they haven’t been honest about their true identities? Once the fantasy is over, can they have a relationship in the real world?

This book was super, super cute! I love the idea of taking a week long vacation to go live out the tropes in rom-coms in a way that’s 100% fictional, but also allows you to learn more about yourself, rekindle relationships, or just deepen friendships. The repeat appearances by the seagulls were both hilarious and gross (because ew, I hate birds and seagulls and pigeons are at the top of that list) and I loved all of the adorable corgis! Characters wise, I really liked Julia and Luke as main characters and I though Andie, Kit, Penelope, and Vijay were great side characters and I really loved everyone else at the retreat and even Julia’s boss too. This book was so fun to read and there was never any time where I didn’t feel like I was engaged with what was going on with the characters. I really enjoyed it and I cannot wait to read more by Melonie Johnson!

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