Publisher: Ballantine Books / Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Contemporary / Humor
A couple determined not to end up like their divorced friends try a radical experiment—and get in way over their heads—in this hilarious, heartfelt novel from the author of We’re All Damaged.
The Core Four have been friends since college: four men, four women, four couples. They got married around the same time, had kids around the same time, and now, fifteen years later, they’ve started getting divorced around the same time, too. With three of the Core Four unions crumbling to dust around them, Jessica and Mitch Butler take a long, hard look at their own marriage. Can it be saved? Or is divorce, like some fortysomething zombie virus, simply inescapable?
To maximize their chance at immunity, Jessica and Mitch try something radical. Their friends’ divorces mostly had to do with sex—having it, not having it, wanting to have it with other people—so they decide to relax a few things. Terms are discussed, conditions are made, and together the Butlers embark on the great experiment of taking their otherwise happy, functional marriage and breaking some very serious rules.
Jessica and Mitch are convinced they’ve hit upon the next evolution of marriage. But as lines are crossed and hot bartenders pursued, they each start to wonder if they’ve made a huge mistake. What follows is sexy, fun, painful, messy, and completely surprising to them both. Because sometimes doing something bad is the only way to get to the heart of what’s really good.
Well Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman is sure a lot of fun! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator Kristen Sieh is a freaking master. I loved her different voices and tones that she used to sound different for different characters, and when she voiced Jessica and Mitch’s kids I would almost die laughing. I loved the book in general, but if you are looking for a great audiobook this one is it. I enjoyed so much about this book, the format, the characters, the hilarity, it was a little like a fun train wreck filled with lots of drama and a tiny bit of steam.
I have never read a book by Norman before, but after reading Last Couple Standing you best believe I will be looking up everything he has. This is like THE perfect beach/summer read and perfect for when you want something lighter. There are still a few serious topics, but the overall feel was light and easygoing. I saw the humor of this book described as a bit dry and not laugh out loud funny, but for me I laughed out loud quite a bit and I do agree that while the humor is on the drier side, it was the kind I like (clearly), and the end is enough to leave you in tears laughing.
Frankly, I NEED to see Last Couple Standing as a movie so I hope someone is paying attention out there! I also loved so many of the characters, and I loved what each one of them brought to the book. Read this if you need a light, hilarious, and fun train wreck in your life. Because, how is that not what you’re going to get when a couple decides to relax their marriage?
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5