Kelly is a robotics engineer and unfortunately, she encompasses all the negative stereotypes one would associate with that profession; she’s nerdy, self-important, anti-social, and controlling. She is working on a home health care robot, and is having a hard time getting to the finish line.
Meanwhile, her younger sister is getting married soon and her mother is driving her crazy, setting her up on blind dates so she can have a plus one for the wedding. Finally, in desperation, Kelly builds herself a date. Ethan has all the emotional appeal of a robot but looks human – he’s gorgeous, thoughtful, and most importantly, he finally gets Kelly’s mother off her back. The plan is to take him apart the day after the wedding, but Kelly falls in love with her creation.
She is fighting with her best-and-only friend but her relationships with her family are much improved and she grows as a person. Unfortunately, all the loose ends in the story come together for the predictable ending.
Verdict: a silly story that brings the notion of suspending your disbelief to a new and unrealistic level. Buy for demand only.
©Library Journal, 2019
7/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
THE PLUS ONE by Sarah Archer. Gallery Books (April 23, 2019). ISBN 978-1501197581. 320p.
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