Dating is hard. Being dateless at your perfect sister’s wedding is harder.
Meet Kelly. A brilliant but socially awkward robotics engineer desperately seeking a wedding date.
Meet Ethan. Intelligent, gorgeous, brings out the confidence Kelly didn’t know she had and … not technically human. (But no one needs to know that.)
With her sister’s wedding looming and everyone in the world on her case about being perpetually single, Kelly decides to take her love life into her own hands – and use her genius skills to create Ethan.
But when she can’t resist keeping her new boy toy around even after the ‘I do’s’, Kelly knows she needs to hit the off switch on this romance, fast. Only, when you’ve found (well, made) your perfect man, how do you kiss him goodbye?
Title: How to Build a Boyfriend (From Scratch)
By: Sarah Archer
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 19, 2020
Format: Paperback (And Kindle)
I love the idea of this book, haha it is taking RomCom to the next level! Don’t bother paying for a wedding date or bribing them, just make them!
Also, the MC has so much to learn about herself so yes you could say it’s a rom-com but it’s a lot more than that. It’s also Kelly learning about herself, accepting herself, and learning to let go of other things.
She’s an ‘odd duck’ as some might say, but Kelly is brilliant, hardworking, and underneath it, all, not as cynical -or logical- about love as she might seem.
My favorite part of this novel wasn’t the ‘romance’ it was Kelly character growth.
Our MC has a lot to learn how to cope with, her family being a major point, well, her mother specifically.
Having a ‘built’ boyfriend allows Kelly to let her hair down a little, but it also shows her how things can spiral out of your control and that sometimes the best-laid plans go to waste.
Overall it was a really amusing novel, and really it’s not a romance, Ethan is great, but, he’s only capable of so much, and that’s what Kelly has to learn about, outside of herself.
The downsides to the book for me were few, not enough to distract me from enjoying it but I’ll let people know my thoughts!
I felt there wasn’t really a good resolution/solution of Kelly’s relationship with her mom which actually felt a bit toxic on the part of the Mom. I also felt like Kelly and Ethan’s relationship conclusion was a bit abrupt, but, I did LOVE the ending. It was open-ended and true to life in a lot of ways which made this cynic happy.
Three out of five cups of coffee from me! Thank you so much to HarperCollins for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion for the blog tour!
About the Author
Sarah Archer is a Black List Screenwriting Mini-Lab fellow who has had material produced for Comedy Central and published short stories and poetry in numerous literary magazines. After living in Los Angeles, where she worked in literary management and development on projects including House, Concussion, Roots, and Girls Trip, she currently lives in Brooklyn.
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