A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson.
It’s been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his undying love. . . But no, Hudson has a favor to ask–he wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees.
The dinner doesn’t go exactly as planned, and suddenly Kian is Hudson’s plus one to Georgia’s wedding of the season. Hudson comes from a wealthy family where reputation is everything, and he really can’t afford another mistake. If Kian goes, he’ll help Hudson preserve appearances and get the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in media. This could be the big career break Kian needs.
But their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more than a means to an end, and it’s time for both men to fact-check their feelings.
🏳️🌈 queer characters, diverse characters, BIPOC characters
🥸 fake boyfriends and fallout
There seems to be a trend in recent contemporary romance to bring old tropes from fanfiction/romance and use them in new novels. I appreciate that an old trope works for some people, but I would like to see more original ideas. The idea of “pretend boyfriends” is nothing new. That being said, younger readers who have yet to encounter this premise may find this book to be a fun read.
As always, this is well written. Jackson is a great author. Sometimes I find the Jackson is a bit heavy handed with the political correctness… ie. having friends calling each other “colonizer” as a joke. I suppose there’s never anything wrong with exposing readers to words/political movements they may not be aware of.
There is a lot of diversity in the characters – which is great. It’s a quirky set of friends, they are snarky with and funny. I did’t feel that this was an original read for me though… perhaps some others will! If you like Jackson’s writing then I’d say you’re in for a treat. I will say, when I read this I actually thought it was a YA novel
I received an ARC of I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosovo Jackson via Edelweiss in exchange for an unbiased review.