Over the past year or so, I have been getting back into romance novels. I read a lot of them when I was in my late teens and early twenties, but then I went through a (dumb) phase where I would only read more “high brow” books. Now that I’m in my thirties and no longer give a shit what people think about me (seriously, it’s like the world changed when I turned thirty, and it was amazing), I say screw that and read whatever you want. And romance is fun and can be really awesome. Since I’ve been reading kind of a lot of it, I wanted to pick up more diverse romance this year. And it’s kind of been hit or miss. Unfortunately, The Marriage Game wasn’t a hit.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
I don’t quite know where to start with this book. The synopsis had a lot of promise – it really sounded like a diverse version of The Hating Game, which is exactly something I should have loved. But I struggled with this from page one. The writing just wasn’t for me. It felt kind of basic, and it didn’t keep me engaged enough to want to keep reading.
The story and characters were not enough to save this for me. I have read a lot of rom coms in the past few years, and I realize there’s a sort of formula that they all follow. And this one really followed that formula. I was so looking forward to the diversity in this book (there isn’t enough of it in mainstream romance), but it kind of felt like every other rom com, but with Indian parents. It just wasn’t at all memorable.
Now, this was probably would have been a three-star book. It was fine, nothing special, but not terrible. And then something happened at the end that I did not like. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I kind of hate when characters make other characters jealous on purpose, and this was done in a kind of gross way. And now the part I didn’t like is kind of all I remember about this book, and I finished it about twenty minutes before I started writing this review.
Clearly, The Marriage Game wasn’t my favorite book. I honestly went into this wanting to love it, but it completely fell flat for me. The writing wasn’t special enough to keep me engaged. The story wasn’t bad, but it also didn’t feel unique or particularly original. And the characters were very much rom com cookie cutter characters. If this was a movie, it would be of the cute, but entirely forgettable Lifetime Original kind. You know I hate giving reviews that aren’t great, but I just didn’t enjoy this book all that much.
★★☆☆☆ – By the time this review gets published (which is about three weeks after I’m writing this) I probably won’t remember a single thing about The Marriage Game. I didn’t have a great time reading it, and it just wasn’t a great book. If you’re looking for romance, there are definitely better books out there.
If you have any recommendations for diverse romance, please let me know! I really want to read more, but I keep picking bad ones (with the exception of Get a Life, Chloe Brown, which I loved).
This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.