The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Berkley • Publication Date: January 26, 2021
I loved this book! It made me smile so much and shed some happy tears throughout reading. Thank you Rachel Lynn Solomon for a story about diversity with Shay being Jewish, Dominic being Korean, Ameena being Indian and Phil being Nigerian. As a Jew, it was so nice to read a love story about a character who is like me and thank you for the mentions throughout of Shay’s heritage.
I loved the originality of the premise of the book, Shay and Dominic are public radio co-workers and its more than just the enemies to lovers trope. With their station in trouble, Shay a producer who has always wanted to be a voice on the radio, comes up with an idea of a show about two exes discussing their relationship. With the tension between her and Dominic, it makes perfect sense that people would think they actually dated. Now these enemies have to pretend they are friendly exes and their show becomes a hit. And of course the more time they spend together, the more they start to realize they don’t hate each other that much.
Solomon made the struggles that Shay and Dominic had both at work and in their personal lives feel so authentic. As Shay struggled with nearing 30 and struggling with if she was on the right path in her life career-wise, I could completely relate since I’ve been there before. The honesty that Shay and Dominic shared with each other throughout made it so easy to root for the two of them to get together. I liked that Shay was five years older than Dominic and not afraid to speak her mind about things, she definitely quickly became one of my favorite characters from a book. While I did love the romance in the book, I also really enjoyed the issues it tackled with misogyny in the workplace, grief and loneliness.
I want to say a huge thank you to Solomon who I reached out to on Instagram asking if I could become an Own Voices reviewer and her publicist who provided me with an advance digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.