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My Ride or Die: a book review

Title: My Ride or Die

Author: Leslie Cohen

Publisher: William Morrow

Release Date: 4/20/21

Pages: 321

Genre: Humorous fiction/Female friendship

Synopsis

A timely and hilarious millennial women’s fiction novel about two friends who decide to give up their search for a perfect man and devote their lives to each other—but their careful plan soon begins to unravel with unexpected consequences. 

Fall in love.

Get married.

Turn to your female friends to be truly understood.

Friends for over a decade, Amanda and Sophie decide it’s time to flip the script. Why not spend their lives with each other and keep men on the side for fun, sex, and occasionally fixing things around the house?

Amanda is a lawyer who excels in her professional life but crumbles at the slightest sign of a common cold. Sophie is an aspiring artist who has lived all over the world and doesn’t crumble, period. Together, they’ve been through it all. But when their romantic lives implode at the same time, they decide enough is enough. Enough pretending that traditional relationships work for everyone. Enough fantasizing about an old-fashioned ideal.

They decide to form an alliance: They will rely on each other and give men the secondary role that they deserve. And much to their surprise, it actually works. They fix up a run-down brownstone and create the home they’ve always wanted. Soon, they have love and emotional support as well as a wide variety of male “crushes” on the side. But when one of their crushes becomes something more, Amanda and Sophie must reconsider the life they’ve begun to build and how far they’re willing to go to keep it.

In this brilliantly funny novel, Leslie Cohen asks: must friendship always be second to love? This is female friendship at its finest. Smart. Witty. And no holds barred.

Review

Two best friends done with looking for the perfect man, buy a DIY brownstone to create a life together – with men only on the periphery.

The premise of this book was so unique in how intentional Amanda and Sophie were about the next steps in their lives. I appreciated that there wasn’t any angst or waffling in the beginning. They knew what they wanted.

The characters were well-developed and interesting without being annoying or overly quirky. I loved the detail around Sophie’s creation of her artwork – the author either has a background in art or did some fantastic research.

The writing was sharp and the banter was witty with several laugh out loud moments. The alternating points of view were at times difficult to follow but certainly were not a deal breaker for me.

This was a fun book to read over a weekend after a few heavy reads. I won’t spoil the ending but it strikes the perfect balance of tension and resolution at the end.

This was a solid ✂️✂️✂️✂️/5 for me. This book is available now!

Thanks to William Morrow for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

 

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