Book Review

The one with a book review: THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon…

You know you love a book when the first thing you do in the morning is not grab your phone but grab the book to know what happens next and yet you slow down your reading toward the end because you simply do not want it to end. This is how I felt with THE EX TALK.

An Instant Indie Bestseller
Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio. 
 
When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.  
 
As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
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I mean, it has so many of the romance tropes I love:

  • Enemies to lovers: done in such a way that, yes, you can see it too. They’re only enemies because of miscommunications or assumptions…nothing that makes you go, “How? Why?” No, you see the chemistry before the characters realize the chemistry…and that’s always fun.
  • Fake dating but with a twist: fake dating in the past.
  • The “oups” only one bed… 🙂

And it has public radio (if you love public radio like I do (even if you don’t): you have to also read/listen to this interview of the author with NPR) and dealing with grief and friendships in the “grown-up” world and family and…and…and…and wonderfully layered characters…Characters I feel are still with me…(not in a creepy way but in a “where are they now” way)…

So, yep, all that to say that I LOVED IT.

Shay and Dominic are just people I’d love to hang out with…or listen to their podcast.

Have you read THE EX TALK? Is it on your TBR list? If you listen to NPR, what’s your favorite show? Oh and any podcast recs (especially true crime podcasts and history podcasts, don’t hesitate to leave them in the commensts too).