Funny Story By Emily Henry Book Review

Funny Story By Emily Henry Book Review

Emily Henry is the master of writing those sun-drenched, happy moments. Invoking the deep feelings of nostalgia and wonder you experience from one of those breathtakingly content experiences.

Which is funny, because this story is also about the broken moments that leave you struggling to find a recognisable way forward.

Funny Story Plot

Daphne always loved the way her fiancé Peter told their story. How they met (on a blustery day), fell in love (over an errant hat), and moved back to his lakeside hometown to begin their life together. He really was good at telling it…right up until the moment he realized he was actually in love with his childhood best friend Petra. Which is how Daphne begins her new story: Stranded in beautiful Waning Bay, Michigan, without friends or family but with a dream job as a children’s librarian (that barely pays the bills), and proposing to be roommates with the only person who could possibly understand her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles Nowak. Scruffy and chaotic—with a penchant for taking solace in the sounds of heart break love ballads—Miles is exactly the opposite of practical, buttoned up Daphne, whose coworkers know so little about her they have a running bet that she’s either FBI or in witness protection. The roommates mainly avoid one another, until one day, while drowning their sorrows, they form a tenuous friendship and a plan. If said plan also involves posting deliberately misleading photos of their summer adventures together, well, who could blame them? But it’s all just for show, of course, because there’s no way Daphne would actually start her new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex…right?

Funny Story Book Review

Like all her other novels this one is so beautifully written. Henry is the queen of quiet descriptions, witty banter and heartbreaking realisations. Everything just feels so perfect I found myself feeling sad when Funny Story finished, even though it is primarily a love story. And I think what it left me with was the bitter-sweet feeling of falling in love with characters that you then have to say goodbye to.

The storyline is pure gold. Two people are forced together because their respective others have fallen in love and left them. It’s two broken people trying to piece themselves back together and beginning to heal each other. I was ready for the gripping plot, but it’s a Henry story, so it’s also beautiful and heartbreaking and uplifting.

I loved the character of Miles. He was intensely loveable in the story and such a nice guy. But he somehow wasn’t too nice. Daphne was an interesting character. I loved the lessons she was forced to learn. Discovering that she’s a we person who gives herself so fully to someone that she loses herself. Her discovery that her life left with her ex was sad and relatable. Sometimes I didn’t quite connect the character’s actions with how Daphne talked about herself. She’d call herself a pessimistic arsehole, which is something I really did not see. She was socially awkward and an overachiever, but never an arsehole.

Henry is great at characters and relationships, but she’s also great at bringing the place to life where it’s all happening. Waning Bay sounded so picturesque and full of such fun odd people. I loved the scenes where Miles was taking her exploring, and the quaint bars and restaurants that they’d visit.

One of the parts of the story they used to promote the book was the fake dating trope. And I’ve got to say, it seemed to be a very small part of the book. This was more of a strangers-to-friends-to-lovers story with a tiny bit of fake dating every now and then to get them to move from platonic to sizzling hot chemistry. I do love a good fake dating fail, but I didn’t miss this trope when it turned out to be a minor plot point. The rest of the story about their healing and getting to know each other was more than enough.

Funny Story Rating

5/5

Funny Story is way more than a funny story. It’s heartfelt, it’s beautiful, it’s wise, and it will leave you feeling bereft when you have to leave Waning Bay.

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