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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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  • Not a Comedy

    2.5/5 stars (rounded up) No, We Can't Be Friends was an ok read, albeit not what I expected. Sloane is a 30 something married woman with a successful professional career who is ready to take the next step in life and start her family. Right off the bat though, suspicion is cast over her husband Myles regarding possible infidelity. Most of what follows is a story of Sloane coming to terms with the truth about her husband and her marriage, and ultimately choosing to walk away from it. The last little bit of the book follows Sloane as she learns to live her life for herself after years of making decisions based on keeping her husband happy. While Myles is a bit of a cliche, Sloane is portrayed as a real person, which I ultimately appreciate. She has moments of strength and competence, but also has moments where she is whiny and annoying and delusional. I know there are plenty of readers who won't like that she is not a perfect unflawed character, but in real life, even the best people have their moments where they are totally unlikable and do stupid things. There were a lot of secondary characters, a couple who were decently developed and interesting, but then the author didn't even skim the surface on the one character we DID need to get to know (Edward). The book was a little slow and tedious, especially in the beginning. I will admit to kind of skimming through bits of it, hoping to reach the point where the story would start getting somewhere. Ultimately, I wish this book had spent half as much time on everything leading up to the breakup, and at least twice as much time on everything that came after. The tag-line on the book even says "The best revenge is moving on", but we see SO very little of that part of Sloane's story. My other complaint regarding this book is not in the story itself or the writing, but rather with the marketing department. This book is said to be a "laugh out loud romantic comedy". The problem is that it is neither romantic nor comedy. For examples of actual laugh-out-loud romantic comedies, please reference Christina Lauren's The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, and Roomies; or Penny Reid's Knitting in the City series and The Winston Brothers series; or pretty much anything from Katherine Center (I wouldn't consider her books to be romantic in nature, but they are moreso than this one, and they're definitely funnier). Most of the book was dedicated to Sloane coming to terms with the state of her marriage and figuring out how to move on. There were very small glimpses of a new relationship, but there was not nearly enough time or focus devoted to that piece of the storyline to consider this a romantic story. No, We Can't Be Friends was an ok story in its own right, it just wasn't what I thought I was going to read when I picked it up. Without the tag lines on the cover about moving on and the book being a laugh out loud rom com, I would have read the book with no preconceived expectations and probably would have enjoyed it more. But since I did go in with certain expectations, I feel like I only read part of a book and am missing the key storyline. To the publisher - call this book what it is (Women's Fiction) and put a less quirky/more appropriate cover on it to better reflect what the book really is, and you'll actually attract the right audience for the story that was written.

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  • Domestic Fiction, Women Empowerment

    I couldn't put the book down but honestly not because I enjoyed it. The characters were unlikeable it's so frustrating. Myles was a douchebag, not to mention the fact that he was more mad at her wife invading his privacy when he got caught cheating. Worst was, I don't think he even felt bad about it. While I completely feel for Sloane throughout the story and feel like she was completely & unfairly wronged, there were moments I still had a difficult time sympathizing with her. Especially when she turned a blind eye about how toxic her relationship was and allowing Myles to gaslight her at the start. I felt empathy, I felt anger, I felt rage while reading this book. For evoking these feelings, I would say the author sure writes well and knows how to pull you into a story. However, I don't really see this as a Laugh-At-Loud Romantic Comedy. The subject matter itself was too sad for me to enjoy. Infidelity is not something I enjoy reading about.

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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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  • Chick Lit at its Best!

    No, We Can't Be Friends by Sophie Ranald was absolutely everything chick lit should be! Sloane is a talent agent who has what should be the perfect life: Cool job, hot husband, soon-to-be ridiculously stylish home. Her confidence at the outset is off the charts, but then she discovers her husband's secret and is dropped to rock bottom. I cannot respect this woman's strength enough. As far as characters go, she is tops, as are most of the main characters in this book, aside from Sloane's husband. The reader only gets to see these other characters from Sloane's perspective, which in some books makes characters seem one-dimensional, but this is not the case in this book. Charming, elegant Vivienne; new mama, Megan; gorgeous, seemingly shallow Ruby-Grace; slightly snobbish Bianca; they all have their flaws and their virtues, making for a cast of characters with whom the reader can relate. The plot is somewhat predictable, yes, but this is the sort of book that women read to laugh, to give their self-esteem a boost, and to feel a sense of hope that although things aren't always picture perfect, they will work out for the best. So I have to ask myself these questions: Did I laugh? You betcha! Did my self-esteem feel a bit of a boost? Yup! Do I feel a sense of hope that things will work out okay? Absolutely! Thus, I'd say this book ticked all the right boxes for me. Read the above paragraph. Do you want to read a book that will make you laugh? Do you want to read something that will give your self-esteem a boost? Do you want to read a book that gives you a sense of hope that things will turn out the way they should? If so, this book is for you, Page-Turner! Thanks go to Sophie Ranald for writing this charming book, Bookouture for publishing it, and NetGalley for helping us to connect. The above thoughts are my unbiased opinions.

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