Book Review & Blog Tour: No, We Can’t Be Friends by Sophie Ranald (eARC)

Hi everyone! I am one of today’s blog tour stops for No, We Can’t Be Friends by Sophie Ranald, which was organized by the amazing team over at Bookouture!

No, We Can’t Be Friends

Author: Sophie Ranald

Publication Date: 10 January 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction – Romantic Comedy/Women’s Fiction


Publisher: Bookouture

He was perfect. Denim-blue eyes, a dazzling smile. And he hadn’t sent me a picture of his junk. Which is about as rare, these days, as a Dodo.

When Sloane met Myles, everything fell into place. He loved a Martini almost as much as she did, shared her passion for four-cheese pizzas, and made her laugh harder than any episode of Friends. She’d found The One at last and she could finally delete Tinder, forgetting all those waste-of-space men she’d never have to date again.

But then she finds out that Myles has a secret. A very big one.

The fairytale is over. Her heart is blown to smithereens. Drowning her sorrows in Ben & Jerry’s can only get Sloane so far before she has to decide… Can she learn to love herself more than she loved the love of her life? And what if, after everything, she’s got Myles – and his secret – all wrong?

No, We Can’t Be Friends is a brilliantly relatable, hilarious and feel-good novel that every woman with a waste-of-space ex HAS to read! If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk, and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, pick up this laugh-out-loud book – you won’t regret it.

I’ve read several books by Sophie Ranald now, and she is a fabulous writer. That being said, this book is toted as a laugh out loud romantic comedy, which isn’t necessarily the case. There are some moments, but there are also some pretty heavy topics covered in here as well. Ranald does a great job of tackling tough subjects and not filling books with simple fluff.

Sloan was happy to finally have met Mr. Right after meeting Myles online. They married and she relocated from London to New York to be with him. Little did she know, instead of welcoming a baby and starting a family (which was her idea of marriage), Myles’ idea of marriage was having someone be his maid and errand runner. One day Sloane learns a secret about Myles that leaves her utterly devastated and their marriage in pieces. Now Sloane has to remember how to love herself if she’s ever going to move forward.

One of the best things about this book was how completely relatable Sloane was. I definitely have found myself in several of her situations, so I couldn’t help but root for her to find her way back to herself in spite of her crappy ex-husband. Sloane’s relationship with her friends and co-workers was also a testament to how resilient Sloane was. Rather than shut these people out of her life once hers fell apart, she was still present in their lives, which I found really admirable.

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing a copy for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

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