by Helly Acton
It’s my stop on the “The Couple” blog tour! Thanks very much to Compulsive Readers, Zaffre and author Helly Acton who have kindly provided me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s website. If this sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll find the book on audio and hardback on Amazon UK.
Millie is a perfectionist. She’s happy, she’s successful and, with a great support network of friends and family (and a very grumpy cat), she’s never lonely. She loves working at a big tech firm and is on track be promoted to her dream role. The last thing she needs is romance messing up her perfectly organised world.
Besides, normal people just don’t have romantic relationships. Everyone knows that being in a couple is a bit . . . well, odd. You know, like having a pet snake or referring to yourself in the third person. Why rely on another person for your own happiness? Why risk the humiliation of unrequited love or the agony of a break-up? No, Millie is more than happy with her conventional single life.
So, when Millie lands a new project at work, launching a pill that prevents you falling in love, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. That is, until she starts working with Ben. He’s charming and funny, and Millie feels an instant connection to him.
Will Millie sacrifice everything she believes in for love?
“The Couple” has such a interesting premise. Imagine a world where it’s not normal for people to be in love and coupled up, but instead that’s seen as completely bonkers. Everyone is single, deliberately so, and children are raised to focus on themselves, their careers and their life goals. Most of the population can’t understand why you would even consider being coupled up.
This story made for a really fun read and I particularly liked the cultural references that had been changed for this new world. Well-known films and song titles that we know with the word ‘love’ in the title, have been adapted for a life in which you’d never even think to sing about love. There’s even a dating app specifically for hookups, because why would you ever need to go on a date?
Millie works for this app, which is called ‘Slide’ and her work have asked her to be part of the promotion campaign for a new pill which will supposedly prevent you from ever falling in love. Morally questionable, but perhaps the ideal solution in a world where you’re striving to be the best you can be. At times this did feel like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’!
I liked this book and I found it to be a very fun, easy read. It’s very much a rom-com with plenty to keep you entertained throughout so I sped through the pages in a couple of days. The characters are well written and likable with plenty of comedic moments: witty and cheesy!
The only thing I didn’t like is that some parts of this slightly dystopian world didn’t quite add up for me, but I don’t think that was enough to ruin my reading experience, just a minor niggle.
If this sounds like your kind of thing, I’d definitely recommend you give it a try. I haven’t read Helly Acton‘s other book, but I’ve heard great things and it’s going on my list!
Overall rating: “The Couple” is a fun easy read about a world where societal norms are turned on their head and it’s weird to be in a romantic couple. A really enjoyable rom-com, a big 4 stars from me!
Don’t forget to check out the reviews of other blogs on the tour and if this sounds like your kind of book, support the author by picking up a copy for yourself!