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*This is a book review of Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman.


“It had sounded extremely clever in my head but out loud it didn’t really make sense. Which, in a way, was the story of my life.”

-Chani

Quick Facts

Author: Elissa Sussman
Release Date: April 12, 2022
Genre: Contemporary romance
Main Characters: Chani Horowitz & Gabe Parker
Number of Pages: 340
SJ Rating: 98%


The Synopsis

Chani Horowitz, celebrity profile writing pro, was asked to interview Gabe Parker, an actor people loved to hate because he was slated to be the next Bond. After spending a weekend together, Chani’s career took off, and Gabe’s… well. Ten years after their viral interview, Chani is asked to do a part two of her interview with Gabe in hopes of helping his recovering career. There were sparks during the first interview; will they rekindle a decade later?


The Good

I was so enthralled with this book that I honestly don’t have many notes on it as far as reviews go. All I know is it’s a book that fully sucked me in, and I want to read it again and again and again.

The writing in this book is absolute perfection, some of the best writing I’ve read since I was introduced to Emily Henry. Sussman’s writing style is enough for me to keep this book and continuously reread it. The attention to detail is phenomenal, like the subtleties from changing the tense of the writing as we switch timelines throughout the book. Like, she uses the past tense of “say” when Chani, our female lead, is in the Then and uses the present tense of “say” when she is in the Now.

Speaking of changing timelines, though alternating timelines are definitely not my favorite, I love the way the author wrote this one. We get to experience the full day before we switch time frames, which is such a perfect way to show the parallelism.

The characters are absolutely beautiful. Personally, I love when Chani gets on her soapbox; she says nothing but facts in these moments. Also, the way Gabe used a moment in Star Trek to describe what being an actor is like was so perfectly written.

Furthermore, I really like the inclusion of various blogs, reviews, interviews, etc. discussing the controversy surrounding Gabe Parker. I don’t know how to explain it, but these really add to the book.

The Bad

The Novelist is a horrible person, very easy to say “booooo” to.

The Overall

I would watch the movie adaptation of this in a heartbeat and could totally see Sarah Hyland playing Chani.

Rachel Lynn Solomon called this book “‘A breezy, addictive romance,'” and I one thousand percent concur.


Next book to be read and reviewed: Twisted Love by Ana Huang


“Relationships are like countries. Friendships, families, marriages. Any deep, meaningful relationship tends to form its own customs. Its own language.”

-Chani

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