Author: Sophie Ranald
Publication Date: November 30, 2020
Seriously, why do guys on dating apps think I want a picture of what’s in their pants? I could open an art gallery with the collection I’ve got.
Zoe really doesn’t want to die alone and surrounded by cats. But it’s not looking good: she’s had sex precisely twice in the last year, and her feline friend isn’t the kind of male company she wants in bed…
Her top dating disasters include:
1) The guy who kissed her hand, took out a violin and serenaded her in public.
2) The guy who force-fed her oysters (she can confirm that they’re not an aphrodisiac).
3) The guy who was so hungover he turned up with his t-shirt on inside out, sweating sambuca.
4) The guy who brought his actual kid on a dinner date.
And don’t even get her started on the dick pics, or how on earth you’re supposed to know whether a total stranger is an axe murderer or not.
Zoe’s ready to give up on the search for love, until her friend has an idea. Robbie lives by his horoscope, and he’s sure she’s got this dating stuff all wrong. He dares her to work her way through the zodiac until she finds The One.
Usually Zoe would laugh at such a suggestion, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Could love be written in the stars? Or is she destined to end up alone, eating take-out in bed and watching endless re-runs of Friends?
A feel-good, fresh and fabulous page-turner for anyone who has torn their hair out over their love life, drunk their weight in wine to survive an awful date, or stared at their phone, willing it to ring. Fans of rom-coms by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin will absolutely love this laugh-out-loud tale.
Thank You, Next by Sophie Ranald is the perfect novel for 2020! It is a romance that makes you laugh.
Zoe decides she wants to date after finally getting over her ex. Her friend and employee Robbie tells her she needs to use a dating app. There are too many people out there, but Zoe needs to find what she likes and doesn’t like in a romantic partner. Robbie decides Zoe will date one man from each horoscope starting with the least compatible horoscopes.
I really enjoyed reading about Zoe’s dating disasters. The dates were all over the top and hilarious. I was cringing so much but also laughing reading about Zoe’s dates and experiences on the app. Zoe really finds out a lot about herself through going out with different men and discussing her experiences with her friends.
Zoe is very kind and never wants anyone to feel bad. This includes when her date is putting her in awkward situations. Zoe struggles through many situations I would run away from (or at least I hope I would).
Zoe goes to the gym regularly and develops a friendship with her workout buddy, Dani. Dani and Zoe are both single and lonely at the beginning of the novel. They both are dating and looking for a relationship. They would recap dates to each other and ask each other if their date’s actions were normal or not. Their friendship and support really added to the story.
Thank You, Next was such a fun and light read. I loved the story and all of the characters.
I recommend Thank You, Next to fans of cute romances that will make you laugh and fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for Thank You, Next.
About the Author
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.
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