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    A very realistic portrayal

    I want to start this review off by saying that most of the summaries and blurbs you will read for this book will not really tell you what it is. The summaries make it sound like the only thing happening in the book is Sloane's relationship troubles and the blurbs call this a romance. Neither are accurate. Sloane has a full life outside of her marriage. She has friends, a successful business, and a loving father, all of which we get to experience in this book. But her marriage, something Sloane counts on in her life, is not what she believes it to be. And unfortunately, the man she loves isn't who she thought he was. No, We Can't Be Friends is a painfully accurate portrayal of the demise of a marriage due to infidelity. As someone who has been in Sloane's place I found it both difficult to read and extremely validating. The author speaks through her characters to make sure the reader knows who exactly is in the wrong and why Sloane is in no way at fault for her husband's philandering. Sloane is better off without Myles and Ranald makes sure we know it without a doubt. One particular part of this book that I have to praise is the portrayal of gaslighting manipulation. When Sloane confronts Myles he goes on the offense and leaves her feeling like everything is her fault and she can't trust her own knowledge and feelings. I also really loved the "women supporting women" aspect of this story. The only thing I didn't like was the pacing. I felt like the part of the story where Sloane is trying to make her marriage work took up too much of the novel, and the part where she is on her own again not enough. All the scenes before she confronts Myles seem to drag, possibly because we already know from the beginning what is coming and are not blindsided the way Sloane is. If you are a fan of women's fiction or just someone who has been through what Sloane has and wants to see their experience laid out in a novel, this book is for you.
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    Funny & sweet!

    This was a fun book about a woman named Sloane whose marriage isn't in the greatest place. She thinks trying for a baby will help, but soon she finds out that her and her husband aren't on the same page. I loved Sloane, she was hilarious, and so were all of her friends and coworkers at the awesome talent agency she worked at. I also loved the really sweet ending. Definitely recommend this book!
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    Refreshing laugh out loud read

    This book was a great read, Sophie Ranalds writing flows so well, there is hard life subject matter but she delivers it with great comic relief. This is the story of Sloane and Myles, a young and successful married couple who are thinking of starting a family of their own but Sloane is about to be blindsided, and it is a story of how she deals with the changes her life is facing. I was really liking this read but once I hit the 75% mark I went from like to love. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Sophie’s work.
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    Great Story

    I really enjoyed this book. Yes, the first half is spent with Slone trying to keep her marriage to Myles together, and yes he's an absolute jerk to her. Ending a marriage is a massive decision and not one that should be taken lightly, and she doesn't, it actually seems pretty realistic that the first half was watching their marriage fall apart. You also don't stop loving someone immediately because they've made a mistake (I'm not defending Myles' choice), Slone needed time to come to terms with it. In the beginning, I found myself pulling for Slone and Myles, wanting the affair to be untrue, and their marriage to be salvaged. As the story progressed I found myself slowly hating Myles, still heartbroken for Slone, but feeling like she'd be better off without him. In my opinion, that's a sign of a good author, Sophie Ranald was able to completely shift my emotions so that by the ending, I was wishing a pretty terrible fate on Myles. While pretty serious this book does have some humor, great banter, and lovable secondary characters, This is a great read, especially for anyone with a jerk of an ex.
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    Delightful!😊😍

    Sloane's trying times: living through the grief was worth it!😍 👍👍😌 What a delightful story! Not a laugh a minute, but warm and fun because, ultimately, Sloane finds herself (and contented happiness). Her trying times with perfect friend Bianca and demanding husband Myles provide the angst and tension, the hurt and feelings of betrayal, that make the joyous holiday ending that much more deserved for a career woman with a business and partner she loves, a compassionate way with her clients, but a sinking suspicion that her home life is NOT going well at all! The secondary characters are well-drawn and not too intrusive; after all, this is Sloane's story and told completely from her perspective. I especially liked Vivienne, the faded actress with her own troubled marital history and the sad, touching story of Sloane's relationship with her mother Linda. I can't think of a single element in this story that did not work for me. I will be reading more by this author for sure!😊😍😊 Thanks to publisher Bookouture and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
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