Title: Swipe Right (review copy)
Author: Stephie Chapman
Genre: Contemporary Light Fiction, Romantic Comedy
Blurb from Goodreads
Love could be a click away… Or in the last place you expected.
When Fran meets Ollie, it’s eye roll at first sight. Who does he think he is – with his Ray-Bans, piss taking and artfully styled hair? Forced into working together at Viral Hive, the trendy media content agency, at first they butt heads, but soon realise that they could be BFFs. Fran’s happily settled with boyfriend Lucas, while Ollie is fully committed to girlfriend Lou.
But when Fran’s relationship crumbles, and Ollie sets off with Lou for a round-the-world trip, she decides to start an anonymous dating column, detailing all the perils of dating online – from the bloke who angrily demanded she share the bill when she refused his clumsy advances, to the one that ended their date by weeping into her cleavage – even if it seems that all the good (or even normal?) men are hiding. Maybe there aren’t plenty more fish in the sea?
But, on her dating journey of discovery, Fran’s about to learn that sometimes love can be where you least expect it… you just have to put down your phone.
I don’t know about the rest of the bookish community but right now I just want to read all of the rom-coms! The real world out there is wayyy too terrifying to think about 24/7 so turning to books that I know are gonna give me that happy, feel-good ending are like catnip to me these days.
“Swipe Right” was such a fun read for me! Oh how I loved it. Totally transported me to a world of sweetness and light which is exactly what I wanted.
Swipe Right is somewhat of an homage to the AWESOME When Harry Met Sally in that it’s a rom-com with an emphasis on the friends to lovers trope with minor obstacles getting in the way until the couple realise they are meant to be.
And omg I lapped it all up!!!
The book focuses on MC Fran who is super likeable and just a really great everywoman style character. It was really easy to root for her to find lasting happiness.
When the book opens Fran is starting a new job at the office of all our dreams… they create internet content kinda like buzzfeed with quizzes, videos and lifestyle pieces…
And all of the staff are lovely, they all have fun and support each other, spend a lot of time having awesome lunch breaks and coffee breaks and office parties…
Not realistic I hear you say
And I’m like your point??
Oh I just want to work there!!!
This book is pure, unadulterated escapist fiction.
I don’t want gritty realism from it please and thank you.
And Fran is also dating very much the wrong guy in the beginning and as a reader I was screaming at her to dump him and when she eventually does…
That whole scene is hilarious and had me punching the air in victory.
And then she gets this brain wave to use a dating app to meet new guys and to blog about it… with names and identifying details redacted obvs and the outcome is… well you’ll have to read the book but it’s just a giggle-fest.
But all the while in the background there is fellow workmate Ollie and they have the MOST amazing chemistry but Fran swears it’s just a friendship energy and yeah…SURE FRAN!!! We believe you. Just friends indeed!!!
Anyway, the story is super predictable with a bunch of rather stereotyped supporting characters especially cliched exes and significant others BUT I DID NOT CARE ABOUT THOSE TRIVIALITIES! Because this book is a frothy blast from start to finish.
It’s all about the journey!!!
And the journey is filled with warmth and light-hearted humour, and it made me feel all soft and cosy.
I highly recommend this if you’re in the mood for a super fluffy read that’s bang up to date with its pop culture references . Definitely one for real cheesy rom-com lovers like myself.
*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Publishing 13 May 2020, Hera Books