IN A NEW YORK MINUTE
Written by Kate Spencer
Published by Forever, March 15th, 2022
My star rating – 3 stars
Franny Doyle is having the worst day. She’s been laid off from her (admittedly mediocre) job, the subway doors ripped her favorite silk dress to ruins, and now she’s flashed her unmentionables to half of lower Manhattan. On the plus side, a dashing stranger came to her rescue with his (Gucci!) suit jacket. On the not-so-plus side, he can’t get away from her fast enough.
Worse yet? Someone posted their (entirely not) meet-cute online. Suddenly Franny and her knight-in-couture, Hayes Montgomery III, are the newest social media sensation, and all of New York is shipping #SubwayQTs.
Only Franny and Hayes couldn’t be a more disastrous match. She’s fanciful, talkative, and creative. He’s serious, shy, and all about numbers. Luckily, in a city of eight million people, they never have to meet again. Yet somehow, Hayes and Franny keep running into each other—and much to their surprise, they enjoy each other’s company. A lot. But when Franny’s whole world is turned upside down (again!), can she find the courage to trust in herself and finally have the life—and love—she’s always wanted?
I’m really torn with this one to be honest. Parts of me loved it. Other parts of me couldn’t stop hyper focusing on details that didn’t seem right or polished enough. One thing I do know is that I enjoyed my time reading this so, regardless of my issues with it, I still call it a win.
One of my favourite things about this book was the fact that it felt so realistic. Nothing about it seemed too convenient or far fetched. Our main character Franny is comfortable in her job with a design start up company when she’s suddenly fired because they want to scale things back a bit. Her whole day is just a series of unfortunate events… which speaks to my soul because that’s my daily life… if it can go wrong, it will. So she gets onto the subway and her dress tears, exposing her behind for all to see. The interactions with the people on the subway was so real. Some ignored it as if nothing was happening at all. Some were worried and were ready to cry along with her. The whole book had a lot of really relatable and realistic themes and events, which was great. Even the social media aspect of how something seen through the lens of a camera can blow up and go viral was kind of hilarious!
I also loved the writing style. It was so easy to go with the flow and pace, pushing me to read “just one more chapter”. It was consistently interesting and comfortable. Her narration felt natural and the relationships between friends, family, and romantic connections was charming and balanced. I will be making it a point to look for future works from this author because there’s some serious potential there!
Like I said though, this book wasn’t without it’s faults. The first fault is that there is a side story line of her having a half sister in Italy. Franny always knew that she was Italian but never knew her father, and her mother offered no information about him either. She decides one day to do a DNA test and finds that she has a half sister in Italy and they make contact. I REALLY don’t see the point of that entire storyline. Did it offer anything as a whole? No. Not in the slightest. It didn’t change the course of Franny’s direction. And even when she bring it up to her mother, nothing changed and her mom still didn’t offer much. The whole thing could have been removed from the story and we would never have known the difference… other than it being about 20 pages shorter. It was weird.
There was also the fact that when Franny was talking to friends of hers, there was a comment that irked me to the core. She’s a designer and her gay friends had requested a quote to design their baby’s room. They literally (and so casually) called their surrogate a ‘gestational carrier’ as if it was 100% contractual…. it made my skin crawl. I know someone VERY closely who has been a surrogate (she’s actually awaiting test results to see if the last transfer too so fingers crossed!) and I know for a fact that their relationship was NOTHING like that. The bond between surrogate and waiting parents is close and beautiful. The way they talked about their ‘gestational carrier’ was so cold and annoying.
There were also a few small loose ends that I struggled to connect with but none of these things really took away from my overall enjoyment of the book. It’s an adorable meet-cute scenario for a couple that would be really interesting together! I’ll be looking forward to more from this author!
Until next time, happy reading!