This is another book on my Netgalley pile, many thanks to PanMacmillan for approving my request for a copy to review.
The Book: Franny meets Hayes in the opposite of a meet-cute – when her dress gets caught in the subway doors on her way home and then rips, leaving her in the fashion equivalent of a hospital gown. Hayes is the stuffy suit whose one redeeming quality is giving Franny his jacket, saving her from showing her assets to half of New York. Franny is eager to forget the whole horribly embarrassing encounter as soon as possible, but neither of them anticipated a fellow commuter live-blogging them as #subwaybaes – turning their awkward run-in into click-bait and a manufactured love story for the ages . . .
Quick to dismiss Hayes as just another a rich guy, Franny is sure she’ll never see him again, and she’s desperate to put her three minutes of viral fame behind her. But fate isn’t done with the would-be subway sweethearts just yet . . .
The Review: I loved this book. Social media and mobile phones are everywhere these days, there’s no escaping them and especially no chance of that when you live in a city like New York. To their dismay, Franny and Hayes discover this when they bump into each other on the subway and the city seems determined to not let them get away with just one meeting. It’s a brilliant idea and makes perfect sense when you consider how much people post on social media all the time.
I liked Franny and Hayes as characters. I didn’t agree with everything they did but that only made them more realistic and normal. The meeting on the subway leads to more meetings, new starts and a variety of adventures for them both and it was a joy to watch them negotiate all the changes in their lives.
I would definitely say this is more of a spring/summer book than autumn/winter. It felt light and warm and bright and between that and the bright yellow cover it feels like a book that should be read on a sunny day. It’s a lovely read if you want something to whisk you away and leave you feeling uplifted.