ARC Reviews

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon – ARC Review-

Make Up Break Up, the sparkling and heartfelt romantic comedy debut from Lily Menon

Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful―and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.

Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile―and monumentally more successful―didn’t already make her stomach churn.

As the two rival app developers clash again and again―and again―Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?

An e-arc was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much St. Martin’s Press!!

I’m so so sad that I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would. I had such high hopes for it, I’ve been hearing how amazing Sandhya’s YA books are for years but YA contemporary isn’t really my thing more often than not, so when I saw that’s she’s writing an Adult book I immediately put it on my TBR and was very excited to get to it.

There were sadly many things about the book that didn’t click with me. I didn’t connect with the main characters at all. I liked them but they were just…. fine. I wasn’t attached to them, and I’m very much a character reader, I need to at least care about the characters and what’s going on with them and ship them.

But it wasn’t just that, the book felt unbalanced to me. I like a romance book that includes other things than the ship, friendships, family bonds, a certain important project, etc. But they’re there to supplement the romance, you love all the bonds and you root for the characters in whatever they’re doing, but there has to be time for the ship as well because it’s a romance.

I liked June and Annika’s friendship, I liked the cute side ship and the part where Anika talked about her business, inspiring young girls to be business owners if they want. But between that, and the small arc with Annika’s father and various other business related things, we did not really get to see her and Hudson grow as a couple.

We spent a lot of time with her hating him and him telling her he didn’t steal her idea and being mysterious without properly talking about it. And after that everything just happened quickly and I didn’t feel it. Didn’t see them interacting a lot, maybe becoming friends with their feelings growing and relationship developing. It just happened and I didn’t feel it or ship them which makes me so sad because I really wanted to love this book 😭😭😭

We did get some banter and a cute date in the middle which I liked, but again what happened wasn’t enough to build a romance and relationship for me. I didn’t see them develop to be a couple or their feelings grow, it just all happened all quickly like there wasn’t time for it with side stuff going on too.

So it’s a 2.5 rounded up to 3 on GR for me. I really wish I could’ve loved it but I’m still giving her next adult romance and YA a shot when I can because I know a lot of people adore them and I liked the writing, it was easy to read, so I really hope I end up enjoying them.

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