“What was I supposed to do? Kiss the guy whose Patronus is an alley cat during mating season?”
Three Men and a Baby meet 27 Dresses? Sign me up!
This is exactly what a romcom should be. Hilarious strangers to lovers, connectable characters and the sprinkle of heartwarming closure. In a sense a lot of romcoms are the same in structure. So when I review these I am looking for one that truly makes me laugh out loud for the majority of the book, has relatable characters and keeps me flipping pages. RomeAntically Challenged did ALL of that.
I will have to agree with some of the other reviews that this is more like Three Men and a Teenager meets Good Luck Chuck. Anh Nhi (Annie) is Vietnamese and was adopted by her over the top but loving WASP parents when she was a baby. Running away from an ex-fiancé who high jacked her wedding for his new found true-love, she flees to Rome… Rome, Rhode Island (Yup, she was supposed to be in Italy) and takes a temporary position at the hospital. But you can read the synopsis and get the idea.
What matters is this novel is going to make you laugh out loud. You’re never going to look at Goldilocks or glow-in-the-dark boxers the same way again and you’re probably going to love it. This is a romcom so there are some sultry and descriptive scenes (beautiful smutty-smut). There are themes that look into cultural stereotypes, fitting in based on culture, family death/coping and handling the eye-twitching enigma that is a teenager.
I honestly would like to see an acknowledgement that lets the reader know more about the cultural aspect that was added to this novel. Who inspired this character and where some of the background came from that Adair included. There was a term mentioned a few times in the book that honestly made me stop and wonder if other readers of the culture would find that appropriate. This was such a great read that I wouldn’t want it be misconstrued and take away from everything else.
Thank you to Kensington Books, Bookishfirst and Marina Adair for the opportunity to read and review this novel for an honest and unbiased review. My true rating is a 4.5/5, rounded for Bookishfirst.