A shimmering, joyful new novel about a pair of opposites with the wrong thing in common.

Daphne always loved the way her fiancé Peter told their story. How they met (on a blustery day), fell in love (over an errant hat), and moved back to his lakeside hometown to begin their life together. He really was good at telling it…right up until the moment he realized he was actually in love with his childhood best friend Petra.

Which is how Daphne begins her new story: Stranded in beautiful Waning Bay, Michigan, without friends or family but with a dream job as a children’s librarian (that barely pays the bills), and proposing to be roommates with the only person who could possibly understand her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles Nowak.

Scruffy and chaotic—with a penchant for taking solace in the sounds of heart break love ballads—Miles is exactly the opposite of practical, buttoned up Daphne, whose coworkers know so little about her they have a running bet that she’s either FBI or in witness protection. The roommates mainly avoid one another, until one day, while drowning their sorrows, they form a tenuous friendship and a plan. If said plan also involves posting deliberately misleading photos of their summer adventures together, well, who could blame them?

But it’s all just for show, of course, because there’s no way Daphne would actually start her new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex…right?

Audiobook Review

4,5 stars

This is a very good Emily Henry book.

The gist of it: Daphne, a librarian who always plans her whole life will be left by her fiancée, Peter,  the day before her wedding. He slept with Petra,  his childhood best friend and both realized they were in love. As the house she lives in with him is under his name only, she has one week to leave the premises (yes he is a real @hole).

As Daphne moved to lake Michigan to follow Peter, she has no friends nor family of her own there and she asks Mile, Petra ‘s no ex boyfriend if she can move with him before deciding what she wants to do with her life and where to go.

Miles and Daphne are both devastated and when they get an invitation to Peter and Petra’s wedding some weeks after, Daphne panics and announces that Miles and her are dating!

That story has a lot of my favorite elements:

-a cinnamon roll male character.

Miles is really a good guy. The one who befriends everyone in a heartbeat because he genuinely cares for other people and is invested in their stories.

-character growth

When we begin, Miles is described as a kind of pothead. But the more you know him, the more you realize there is so much more to him! And the same can be said about Daphne who from a very planned life will learn to take risks.


Daphne is a child librarian! And she is passionate with her job, loving story hour and making all the voices! Her goal is the big readathon that will happen at night in the library!

-found family

So far, Daphne’s friends were Peter’s friends. Now she will have to find her own tribe and we’ll get an eclectic assortment of character between the old librarian, the cynic divorced  colleague to the cheese monger to…


Miles and Daphne both have some childhood trauma. They are a little bit bruised by life but they are not broken. And they will help each other to heal.


Daphne and Miles relationship grew organically. It was sweet. It was soft. And it was joyful too!

With multi layered characters, long days of summer on lake Michigan and new friends to help you heal, Funny Story is a very enjoyable romance that has more than catches the eye!

Thanks for reading.


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