Review // Funny You Should Ask

Quick, witty, and impossible to put down, Funny You Should Ask is a perfect feel-good novel that doesn’t sacrifice depth and quality for escapist fun.

Synopsis

A restless young journalist with big dreams interviews a Hollywood heartthrob–and, ten years later, it’s clear that their time together meant more than meets the eye in this sexy, engrossing adult debut novel.

Then. Twentysomething writer Chani Horowitz is stuck. While her former MFA classmates are nabbing book deals, she’s in the trenches writing puff pieces. Then she’s hired to write a profile of movie star Gabe Parker. The Gabe Parker–her forever celebrity crush, the object of her fantasies, the background photo on her phone–who’s also just been cast as the new James Bond. It’s terrifying and thrilling all at once . . . yet if she can keep her cool and nail the piece, it could be a huge win. Gabe will get good press, and her career will skyrocket. But what comes next proves to be life-changing in ways Chani never saw coming, as the interview turns into a whirlwind weekend that has the tabloids buzzing.

Now. Ten years later, after a brutal divorce and a heavy dose of therapy, Chani is back in Los Angeles, laser-focused on one thing: her work. But she’s still spent the better part of the last decade getting asked about her deeply personal Gabe Parker profile at every turn. No matter what new essay collection or viral editorial she’s promoting, it always comes back to Gabe. So when his PR team requests that they reunite for a second interview, she wants to say no. She wants to pretend that she’s forgotten about the time they spent together, years ago. But the truth is that those seventy-two hours are still crystal clear, etched in her memory. And so . . . she says yes.

Chani knows that facing Gabe again also means facing feelings she’s tried so hard to push away. Alternating between their first meeting and their reunion a decade later, this deliciously irresistible novel will have you hanging on until the last word.

My Thoughts

If you love contemporary romance, celebrity culture, things that are funny, yourself, etc., you need to pick up. Honestly, even if you aren’t the biggest celebrity or pop culture fan, you should still pick this up because it’s just so damn enjoyable. Funny You Should Ask is magnetic and enticing; it’s accessible and charming and fun, while also being genuine and relatable. As someone who has always been convinced that a celebrity will fall in love with me if only they were given the opportunity, this book spoke to me. (Kidding, kind of…)

I could go on about this book for days but all you need to know is that this book is so. much. fun. It’s a must-read and a favorite of 2022.

P.S.: This book was apparently inspired by this profile on Chris Evans and if that doesn’t make you want to read this immediately, I don’t know what will.

Read This If

  • You enjoy celebrity romances
  • You like books that alternate between the past and present
  • You enjoy books that use articles, blog posts, and mixed media in the story
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