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Review of Funny Story by Emily Henry

Funny Story is the perfect rom-com read. Henry offers funny banter that made me laugh, some steamy moments, and a sweet love story. Reading this one made me happy.

Daphne and Peter were comfortable--both planners, reliable, and ticking all the boxes on their list of "grown-up" acts: getting engaged, moving back to Peter's hometown, buying a house, and, in Daphne's case, seamlessly folding herself into Peter's life.

But when Peter abruptly breaks up with Daphne, citing his sudden love for his childhood best friend Petra, Daphne is left emotionally reeling--and without a place to live.

Desperate and devastated, she reluctantly moves into a spare room in the apartment of an acquaintance, "pothead" Miles. He has extra space because he was just dumped by his live-in girlfriend Petra. Who left him for Daphne's fiancé, Peter.

Daphne is a children's librarian and is always early. She hates surprises. And as far as she can tell, Miles does odd jobs and traveled around without a permanent address for months at a time when he and Petra were together. They're complete opposites. But could their shared pain lead to a friendship after all?

This is exxxxcellent Emily Henry. The banter is fantastic, and I laughed many times while reading this one. There's steaminess and affection and character growth. No one is perfect, no one is swooning, and the love in this happy read is immensely satisfying.

The rom-com conflict that prevents an immediate happy resolution was based on a communication fail--a setup I usually detest, because: just talk to each other!--but this one was so well done and understandable from both sides, I was hook, line, and sinker for all of it.

Henry offers up lots of book love, as usual: Daphne is a dedicated children's librarian.

I listened to Funny Story as an audiobook (narrated by the fantastic Julia Whelan) courtesy of and Penguin Random House.

Do you have any Bossy thoughts about this book?

Henry's Beach Read was one of my favorite books the year I read it, and it made it onto the Greedy Reading List Six Lighter Fiction Stories for Great Escapism.

People We Meet on Vacation was another great Henry story; you can check out my review here, and you might like to check out its spot on Six More Great Light Fiction Stories plus the five other titles on that Greedy Reading List.

Emily Henry is also the author of Happy Place and Book Lovers.


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