What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don't even believe in true love?
"Annie's best friend from Waiting for Tom Hanks (2019) gets a starring role in the sequel. Barista Chloe Sanderson's life is nothing like the one presented in Coffee Girl, the movie written by her best friend. For one thing, there is absolutely not a romance happening between her and her boss, Nick. She wishes it were true, but there are a million and one reasons why that can't happen. The main reason: Chloe needs her job. She's juggling taking care of her father, who's suffering from dementia, while also trying to finish her business degree. Chloe doesn't want to stay at the coffee shop forever, and letting Nick in isn't part of the plan. But when Chloe finds that she's taken on too much for even her to deal with, she realizes that letting people in doesn't mean you're weak--it means you're strong enough to love. Though the "my life is not like the movies" refrain gets repetitive, Winfrey's fans will enjoy revisiting familiar characters in this installment."
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Humor and love abound in Winfrey's delightfully meta rom-com (after Waiting for Tom Hanks). Optimist Chloe Sanderson's best friend, screenwriter Annie, based her latest blockbuster Hollywood romance on what she sees as the will-they-won't-they between Chloe and her gruff boss, Nick Velez. Chloe and Nick have never been a couple, but everyone who witnesses their bickering thinks it's only a matter of time. Chloe admits to her strong attraction to Nick, but insists she has no time for a relationship between caring for her father, who has Alzheimer's, working long hours at Nick's coffee shop, and all her other responsibilities. But as Annie reminds Chloe that she needs to let others help her, Nick, emboldened by Annie's movie, works up the courage to show her how he feels. Chloe's hilarious inner-dialogue showcases her quick wit and smarts, even as externally she's awkward and clumsy. The snarky banter between Chloe and Nick is electric, and it's a joy to witness Chloe slowly opening up. Nick's quiet devotion to Chloe is swoon-worthy and sure to win over romance fans. This is a winner. Agent: Stephen Barbara, InkWell Management. (July)"
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