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Monday, November 26, 2018

Catfishing Is Not Romantic: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND

by Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: December 4th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★
Kiss Factor: ✷
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I did NOT like this book. Christina Lauren's past two books have been duds for me, but I keep hoping that they will release a book as good as Love and Other Words, which was poignant and so well-written. Lately though, their books are starting to feel forced to me, and My Favorite Half-Night Stand was very problematic, in my opinion.

Can we please petition to have the catfishing trope entirely eliminated from the romance genre? It's a gross trope that begins the foundation of a relationship on lies and in real life, you'd want to stay far far away from anyone who catfishes you. It's toxic and gross, and such an invasion of privacy in a way. So yeah, this book's plot revolves around catfishing, but what makes it even worse is that the heroine does it to one of her best friends. How you can repeatedly lie and manipulate a friend is beyond me. It's safe to say that I did not like Millie. She was closed off when it came to her emotions and rarely let people in, so her idea of opening up to her friend involved catfishing him. Not a very good excuse to fuck over your friend, in my opinion. And the fact that it was dragged for so long really frustrated me. Perhaps if she had been truthful sooner, I could have forgiven her, but nope. Other than that, there was nothing really interesting about Millie. She was a dull character with not much going on for her personality.

I thought at least I would enjoy the other friends in the group, but they were not particularly memorable. Honestly, I could not even tell who was who because I was entirely disinterested in them or their hipster issues. I know people are praising this friend group, but I personally could not see what was so great about them. I did feel bad for Reed, the so-called love-interest because pretty much everyone was keeping this giant secret from him. He deserved so much better than this group. Besides hating the catfishing, nothing about the romance stood out to me. Millie and Reed really had no chemistry together. It was a struggle to even keep my eyes open when they were together. You might be wondering why I even bothered to finish this book, but I pushed through because I wanted Reed to call out Millie out on her bullshit - but, honestly, even that was just so uneventful. Even though these two did end up as a couple in the end, I don't think they would last past a few months - how can is, when there is zero trust between them?

Christina Lauren are not bad writers as proven by Roomies, Autoboyography and Love and Other Words, so I'm not giving up on them just yet, but I truly hope they go back to their roots instead of trying these stories that are meant to quirky and different but wind up seeming lazy and pretentious.

What are some tropes you can't stand?
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