Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons + Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: December 01, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
When Minnie meets Quinn at a NYE party, it’s clear that they’ve got nothing in common – except for the strange fact of their being born in the same place at the same time on New Year’s Eve. A crazy coincidence, but not a reason to pursue a friendship, and definitely not an excuse for Quinn to hope for something more.
He is a privileged party boy who believes the world is his for the taking. She is a hard-working realist, whose lack of confidence tends to hold her back.
Opposites don’t really attract…it’s not like this is a rom-com, right?
The clock strikes midnight, their moment passes, and another year begins. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each frustrating interaction somehow seems to push their lives in the right direction? Could it be that instead of clashing, their different outlooks might complement each other?
Perhaps now is the time for them to finally come together…
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens was the perfect December/escape read for 2020. There is a cast of quirky characters, lots of laugh-out-loud moments, romance, and more coincidences than you can shake a stick at. I really liked the way Cousens told the story through multiple timelines, and from the viewpoints of both Quinn and Minnie. I was rooting for them the entire time, and the banter between the two made my heart happy. At its heart this is definitely a romcom, but it also had depth that I really appreciated, and getting to know the characters was fun, if not a bit sad at times. Minnie is under the impression that Quinn had an easy childhood since he grew up around money, but she quickly learns that money doesn’t mean happy.
I loved the little things in the book, like the fact Minnie’s last name is Cooper, and the name of Minnie’s pie business to name a couple. I thought Cousens wrote such a wonderful book for her debut, and even though I know a lot of readers are saying parts are unbelievable, it’s one of the things I actually loved about the book. I think it made this a great book to throw yourself into and forget about the real world for a while. I was living in a world of coincidences and romance, and I loved every minute of it. The narrator for the audiobook is Hannah Arterton and she did a truly amazing job. I loved listening to her narrate and thought they did a great job picking her for this book. Thank you Sophie Cousens for this super sweet book, and I can’t wait to read your next one!