Book Review : The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Genre : Romance, Contemporary
Page : 400 pages
Published : 14th May 2019


Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.


“And I get it. As much as I hate him . . . I think I’m starting to like us.”

Who would have thought there will be the day I read romance on impulse?!

Just look at those “totally romantic” summary!

I expect this book to be fun.

But I did not expect it to be hilarious!

Apparently, our main character – Olive, has an identical twin named Ami. Aside from the similar appearance, they’re nothing alike at all! In short:

  • Olive — the unlucky twin.
  • Ami — the perfectionist and lucky twin.

As if fixed roles in luck is not enough to crack me up.

And I never know that wedding party could be so hilarious to read.

Ami always has the knack to win something FOR FREE. Including her wedding package that send them all to food poisoning party instead of a wedding. Seriously, the food poisoning narratives are so good and funny that I have to re-read it again just to make sure I’m not imagining that witty scenario in my head.

Now, we have our two main stars who did not partake to enjoy the buffet,

Olive — who thanks the universe for her shellfish allergy  and Ethan — who avoids eating buffet at all cost saying it’s the pool of germs. ( Really Ethan? Buffet is the short term of food paradise.)

When the newlyweds are still too sick to enjoy their honeymoon vacation, Ami and his husband suggest Olive and Ethan to go in their place to Hawaii! FOR FREE OF COURSE.

Who wouldn’t missed the chance anyway? However, there’s one major problem.

Olive and Ethan are sworn enemies.

NEVER once had they agreed on the same page.

Moreover, they hate each other presence.

The 24 hours act as the maid of honour and best man has put them both on hell. How will they comply when the Hawaii honeymoon package is forcing them to be closer than they’ve ever been before?

And the rest will be Olive and Ethan adventure on how they manage to not kill each other.

There are only two words that comes to my mind when I think about this book.

“Funny and Cute”

The author made such a good job in making the characters fun aside from trying to build a comedy story. The fun and hilarious characters are the number one reason why I find this book to be charming in a hilarious way. The characters influence the story successfully to make it funny and engaging.

Olive and Ethan has successfully climb the ladder as my version of the funniest couples ever! I mean, they are severely cute and I CAN’T HOLD MY LAUGHTER when they start throwing opposing remarks (which is almost all the time) to annoyed each other just for the sake of argument.

Oh. My heart is full.

My sister are watching me with her “are you nuts” look and I ended up re-thinking the lines I just read and burst out laughing the second time.

Typical me.

WHO KNOWS THAT ROMANCE CAN BE THIS FUNNY.

I couldn’t stop feeling giddy. And the funny remarks? never failed to send me giggles. The story is bubbly but will NOT make you cringe because the romance is so on point and at times, the story shift to be heartwarming. 

If you are a family person, I think you could relate on this weird-funny sometimes annoying but caring family with your own and love this book more for the unique bonds of the characters.

As hilarious it might be, The Unhoneymooners could be serious at times. I appreciate it (even though I’m waiting for more Ethan and Olive bantering moment) and I love this sudden shift in the book.

However, I’m not that satisfied with the characters approach to solve the issues. I get that this is a light reading that requires no serious headache, but I would love the book to be more fair to some specific character. Characters that are hurt badly shouldn’t give rather easy access of forgiveness to others. (even though I know the opposing characters meant no harm.) I think this book will be more amazing if it possessed a more elaborate approach of the characters to the issues ♥

It’s the approach that I thought is lacking NOT the problem solution. Every serious issues surprisingly possessed such satisfying ending.

If you are looking for a sweet escape with a hilarious mood to cheer you up, you should definitely check this book out. The characters are lovable and the couples are adorable with or without their relatable banter! It’s a slow-burn romance but you can definitely feel the progress as you turn to new chapter.

“I knew he was a book lover, but to be the same kind of book lover I am? It makes my insides melt.”

Author : Celine

9 thoughts on “Book Review : The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

    1. Hahaha it happens to me at the beginning too! Pure romance is just not my genre and I can assure you I read veeeeery little of romance! But I was drawn to this book! And I ended up loving this book more than I’d ever thought!

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