cover image How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days

How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days

K.M. Jackson. Forever, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-5387-0350-2

It would be enough if Jackson’s latest (after Real Men Knit) were simply a charming rom-com replete with laugh-out-loud one liners and pop-culture references, but it’s also a moving, heartfelt story about coping with grief, stress, and major life changes. It doesn’t hurt that Bethany Lu Carlisle, an endearing 40-something Keanu Reeves fangirl, and her best friend, True Erickson, are the kind of characters one can’t help but root for. Lu and True have known each other since they were school-age thanks to True’s friendship with Bethany’s late little brother, Cole. All this time, True’s nursed a massive crush on Lu that’s only gotten bigger as they’ve grown closer through their mutual grief. Meanwhile, proudly single Lu sees True as family and has never considered him romantically. When Lu reads tabloid reports that her beloved Keanu Reeves is getting married in 90 days, it makes her question her devotion to the single life—so she does the sane thing and hatches a plan to stop the wedding. True begrudgingly agrees to help her on this harebrained scheme, leading to some outrageous adventures as they race to California. The rom-com trappings keep things lighthearted and welcoming even as Jackson probes heavy emotions. Readers will be wowed. Agent: Evan Marshall, the Evan Marshall Agency. (Nov.)