Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon | Audiobook Review

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Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon | Audiobook ReviewMake Up Break Up by Lily Menon
Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Length: 9 Hours 15 Minutes
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on February 9, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Multicultural & Interracial
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250799951
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three-stars

The sparkling and heartfelt romantic comedy debut from Lily Menon, Make Up Break Up....
Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings...these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”
High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars...these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.
Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.
As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?

Why Did I Listen To Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon?

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon hit my radar because as you know Lily Menon is Sandhya Menon. So, this book is her debut into adult contemporary romance. And well, I have read all of Menon’s young adult books so far and really enjoyed them. I was looking forward to seeing what Menon would do writing for an adult audience. However, as my time is kind of limited, I went for the audiobook version. FYI, that turned out to be the correct choice – based upon the other reviews I have seen.

What’s The Story Here?

Annika Dev and Hudson Craft are rival app developers. Their origin story is that they hooked up in Las Vegas, Annika told Hudson about her app idea for Make Up. He then went on to develop an app called Break Up. The concept of Break Up is that you can hire someone to end a relationship for you. The concept of Make Up is that it helps you to better communicate and work through your relationship issues to get you to the happy ending. So, anyways, Hudson just so happens to move his team into the same building, the office next door to Annika’s team. And to make matters even worse, he and Annika are in competition against each other for a major source of funding and investing for their apps. Oh, and they’re also quite attracted to each other despite the rivalry.

How Did I Like Make Up Break Up?

I am a black sheep among bloggers in that I didn’t hate Make Up Break Up. I actually did not mind it and did not DNF it. Sure, Annika has her childish moments when it comes to interacting with Hudson. However, as someone who has also acted immaturely, I did not feel like I could totally judge her for being petty. Also, I did like the concept of the two apps and the rivalry and competition. Also, there’s a side character who is a total delight – June. I felt really loyal to her and wanted to see how things would end up for her.

How’s The Narration?

The one thing that played the biggest role in my positive regard for Make Up Break Up is Natalie Naudus’s brilliant narration. Seriously, if you are a completionist and want to read this book, I am going to recommend you read the audiobook version. Naudus is charming and wonderful in her narration. The pacing is well timed. The production values are on point. Naudus breathes life into narrating the characters. I really enjoyed the actual audiobook. And at 9 hours 15 minutes unabridged, it isn’t a huge time investment to check out.


three-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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