Book Review: Nobody Puts Romcoms in the Corner (ARC)

Expected publication February 27, 2023

Author: .Kathryn Freeman

The perfect pick me up romcom for fans of Beth O’Leary, Sophie Kinsella and Sophie Ranald!

Sally is a classic romantic and Harry is a classic cynic, but when a drunken bet leads the new flatmates to (badly) recreate ‘the lift’ from Dirty Dancing, and the video goes viral (#EpicRomcomReenactmentFailure), they both realise there’s potential financial benefit in blundering their way through the romcom lexicon for their suddenly vast social media following.

Now, as Harry and Sally bring major romcom moments to new life – including recreating that classic diner scene – their faking it turns to making…out and suddenly they’re living a real life romcom of their own! But like all the greatest love stories, the road to happily ever after is paved with unexpected challenges for this hero and heroine…

Nobody Puts RomComs in the Corner follows Sally, a romantic, and Harry, a cynic, who attempt to recreate the lift from Dirty Dancing. The two come together when Sally needs a lodger and Harry needs a place to stay. Their initial lift video goes viral, which leads to the two of them recreating other iconic romance scenes from movies. I loved going through all the different scenes, like the ones from Ghost and When Harry Met Sally. Sally and Harry bring a fun vibe to the story with their grumpy/sunshine dynamic and witty banter.

In addition to the lighter romcom recreation side of the story, there are some heavier topics weaved into the story, too. Sally has a complex relationship with her sister Amy, which is dealt with throughout the story. The two had to rely on each other a lot after the death of their parents. I am not sure if this story will become part of a series, but I could see a novel featuring Amy as a main character in the future. Both Harry and Sally use their parents’ marriages to shape their views on love. Sally believes that her parents’ love story was the goal while Harry’s are not the best example.

On its surface, the story seems to be very straightforward with a romcom loving girl and a more cynical guy. It took me a little while to get into the story as it gained complexity, but it was greatly enjoyable once I was there. I would have appreciated a little more build-up of the backstory for each character as there was more telling than showing. Sally was easier, at first, to get to know compared to Harry, but it was easy enough to connect with them. Overall, this story was fun and a great read by the author. Since it is my third read by the author, I look forward to reading the fourth!

**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, One More Chapter, for the opportunity to read this novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

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