Book Review: Nobody Puts Romcoms in the Corner by Kathryn Freeman

The Blurb:

The perfect pick me up romcom for fans of Beth O’Leary, Sophie Kinsella and Sophie Ranald!

Sally is a classic romantic and Harry is a classic cynic, but when a drunken bet leads the new flatmates to (badly) recreate ‘the lift’ from Dirty Dancing, and the video goes viral (#EpicRomcomReenactmentFailure), they both realise there’s potential financial benefit in blundering their way through the romcom lexicon for their suddenly vast social media following.

Now, as Harry and Sally bring major romcom moments to new life – including recreating that classic diner scene – their faking it turns to making…out and suddenly they’re living a real life romcom of their own! But like all the greatest love stories, the road to happily ever after is paved with unexpected challenges for this hero and heroine…

My Rating: ★★★

My Review:

With a cutesy cover and a nod to one of my all-time favourite movies, I just knew I had to request a read of this novel.

Like the main character Sally, I have watched Dirty Dancing so many times that I can recite it word for word. I have, however, never attempted to re-enact ‘THE LIFT’ while drunk with a virtual stranger. Maybe if the stranger was as lovely (inside and out) as Harry, I might have been tempted.

As a romantic comedy itself, this novel was rife with romcom references from well known movies of the past – Pretty Woman, Ghost, When Harry Met Sally (not unsurprisingly); with our main characters recreating many of the iconic scenes for social media audiences, albeit with their own unique spin. As they consistently create content, the scenes become steamier, inevitably leading to romance.

A little predictable? YES! But still a good read.

Things I loved:

  • Harry
  • Beautiful, broken hearted Harry, falling in love against his will
  • Harry’s friendship with his mates
  • The steamy scenes

Things…not so much:

  • Sally
  • Sally and her starry eyed insistence that love would make itself known with bells. Oh honey, really?
  • Her inability to accept Harry as he was – a really good guy, who’d never known love.

It’s safe to say, I took sides throughout this novel. Even with Sally’s backstory, I struggled to like her and felt like I wanted to protect Harry from being made to feel that he had to change who he was to win the girl. It would have been so much nicer (and worth more stars) if Sally had been able to see past her need for grand gestures to the real man inside.

With thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

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