I didn’t know what to expect going into Thank You, Next, as it’s my first Andie J. Christopher book, but it left me with mixed feelings. There are some real bright spots here — the wacky premise, the leads, their friends, GRANDMA LEXI, MY LOVE — but the material doesn’t quite rise about some messy writing. But I think every book needs at least one more draft, so what do I know? Even if it’s not perfect, it’s fun, and sometimes that’s enough for a lazy weekend read.
When marriage-averse Alex realizes she’s always the last stop before her boyfriends seriously commit to someone else, she sets out to learn why. And to her bewilderment, her teenage crush turned frenemy, Will, invites himself along, resulting in a whole lot of messy feelings coming to the surface. Soon enough, Andie’s question changes from “What did I do?” to “Will it be different this time?”
Alex’s hangups and struggles with letting people get close were very relatable to me, and I felt for her every time she realized her protective armor kept her exes from seeing her as a human, too, capable of her own feelings and insecurities. The reason she and Will worked, despite their many years of issues, was that he was the one who saw her, and I was rooting for them almost from the start. However, the book feels like it’s still in draft phase, with a lot of repetition and inconsistencies that hold it back from being as good as it could have been. If you’re willing to overlook that, however, it’s a fun, easy read.
My thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.