My Ride or Die

Leslie Cohen. Morrow, $16.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-296678-0
Cohen’s witty buddy story (after This Love Story Will Self-Destruct) follows two longtime best friends who move in together in order to avoid limiting themselves in pursuit of marriage. Sophie is a free-spirited artist, while Amanda, a lawyer, is the grounded one. Sophie’s about to get married, but bails just before the wedding ceremony, and on a drunken whim, she and Amanda make a pact to “just live life together” and swear off committed relationships with men. “Seriously, think of how much happier we’d be and how much we could accomplish with all that extra time,” says Sophie. They buy an uptown Manhattan fixer-upper and their adventures ensue, beginning with a honeymoonlike trip to Cabo, Mexico. Of course, the arrangement doesn’t turn out as expected: Sophie is ambitious, but struggles financially, and when a man comes between them, their pact is put in jeopardy. While Cohen occasionally leans too hard on stereotypes to characterize the two diametrically opposed friends, for the most part it’s with a knowing wink (Amanda, then Sophie: “‘We’re the perfect match. You’re the brains, and I’m the...’ ‘Floozy?’ ”). Enjoyable and lighthearted, this is a fun variation on the usual rom-com fare. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/29/2021
Release date: 04/20/2021
Genre: Fiction
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