About the Book
Release Date: February 25, 2020
No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space too—from everyone.
Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business?
Soon Annie has let not one but two new people into her life. Then Jon reappears—and he wants her to join him in France. She’s pretty sure letting anyone get close won’t end well. So she must decide: Is another shot at happiness worth the risk?
Well, isn’t this a poignant book for right now! I mean, Annie REALLY would have liked the whole social distancing thing the world has going on right now (excuse my glib attitude, I am trying to *hopefully* lighten the mood). But also, this is just really freakishly applicable to right now? Like, what a time to be alive!
But seriously, as soon as I started reading this I thought, “is this me?” I just… relate so much to Annie! I mean she’s snide and in your face and aware of her quirks and I love it! I also just really love a book with a lot of sharp with to it, and This Won’t End Well is full of it! I mean, it takes skill to get me giggling within the first page or so. And even more skill for me to immediately connect with the main character. Although, I may have bonded with her just from reading the synopsis and knowing that feeling when all new people are honestly the worst thing imaginable (again, not trying to make light of the current situation, just applying it to past experiences).
I also really like how the book is set up through a bunch of journal passages. I’m not always a huge fan of this tactic, but in this instance I really enjoyed the humor of Annie so it really worked for me to literally be able to read her thoughts. Plus, it’s not JUST journal passages so that also probably helped keep the story going. Anyways, that doesn’t matter because this is just such an excellent read!
It seriously read so quickly, which I DEFINITELY need right now! I’ve been struggling to focus on my reading lately, I don’t know if its a slump, I’m stir-crazy, or probably a combination of the two. But I definitely didn’t struggle reading this one! I mean, I kind of mentioned it above, but I’ll say it again: I was hooked from the first page! It’s both lighthearted yet serious, comical yet cringe worthy, relatable yet out there. All of these seemingly different things just fully came together to make such a wonderful book!
About The Author
Camille Pagán is the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of six novels, including I’m Fine and Neither Are You, Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which has been optioned for film. Pagán’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She has written for the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Parade; Real Simple; Time; and many other publications. Pagán lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her family. Learn more about her novels at https://camillepagan.com/
“The book’s format includes diary entries, texts, and emails, giving the reader a glimpse of Annie’s robust inner life—she may seem standoffish and distant, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes…[Annie’s] journey takes unexpected, poignant turns, delving into deeper issues while maintaining a positive tone and peppy pace. Fans of Sarah Haywood and Gail Honeyman will appreciate the quirky, yet thoughtfully presented, characters.” —Booklist
“Never has a quirky lead character been so lovable or well drawn as Annie, the lovelorn chemist who carries This Won’t End Well. Though she pretends to be closed off to the world, in fact she can’t stop caring—and that push-pull of who to let into her life, and under what terms, is something we all understand at a soul-deep level. Annie’s journey from oblivious in love to aware and empowered had me cheering and turning the pages madly, unable to tear myself away. If you want to laugh and lose yourself in a great read, this is the one for you!” —Kelly Harms, bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
“Witty, wise, and of the moment, This Won’t End Well is a story of unlikely friendships, calculated risks, and taking a stand—even when it’s easier to maintain the status quo. Charmingly flawed and endearingly real characters combine with a unique format to make Camille Pagán’s latest page-turner her best book yet.” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple
“Camille Pagán writes with deep compassion for her characters and for all of us who try so hard to do the right thing by the people we love. Annie, the protagonist at the center of her latest novel, is no exception. Quirky and occasionally clueless, charming and vulnerable, Annie’s so real that you’ll want to make her your best friend by the time you’ve reached the last page. This Won’t End Well is Pagán at her finest—capturing readers with warmth, honesty, and keen observations about keeping love simple in a complicated world.” —Ann Garvin, USA TODAY bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around
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