THE PROPOSAL - JASMINE GUILLORY
Title: The Proposal
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Published: October 2018
Genres: Fiction, Modern Romance
When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise--or happen in front of 45,000 people.
When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part--they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans...
At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He's even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik's social media blows up--in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes...
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This had me happily taken back to early 2000s rom coms with a modern, relatable twist and I was instantly hooked. The storyline, diverse characters which @jasminepics made it so easy to love from the start, and a balance of classic and cliché humour. Everything was coming up roses, and I was so hyped for what was to come. Perhaps I had my expectations set too high, but I maintain that this was due to the great writing, and captivating plot as it unfolded, I mean why wouldn't I assume a triumphant final innings? But suddenly my time machine hit turbulence and I was flown out of blissfulness and into total confusion when I was left very underwhelmed with the ending. It still had a lot of merit, with some stellar moments and excellent characters, but as The Foundations said, I felt it built me up just to break me down.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
BOOOOOOO Nicky. The ending wasn’t THAT bad. I chose to see all the unexpected modern tropes of the first half as a bonus, and I thought the rest of it was on par with the rom-com genre. ‘The Proposal’ is a story set in LA of Black freelance journalist Nikole and Latino paediatrician Carlos who meet in the most unexpected way, one that some might call fate. The language was youthful and fun, and the characters diverse and realistic (Nik’s friends were a plus-sized Korean and a Black lesbian). I loved the spotlight that was afforded to strong female friendships as a support system, and the nuance of relevant social and feminist issues underpinning much of the plot including reclaiming your sense of safety after being threatened or violated and identifying emotional abuse in a relationship. Yes the ending could be described as “predictable” but I think it’s important to remember that it’s not trying to be a work of literary fiction genius, it’s a rom-com to its core and sometimes there’s comfort to be found in the cliché’s.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
“Good God, sometimes it felt like all of society was complicit in trying to make life harder for women.”
Hello Sunshine article
The Inspiration Behind Nik’s Friends In ‘The Proposal’
Marie Claire article
It's Okay to Say 'No' to the Engagement Ring
Entertainment Weekly article
Jasmine Guillory on being the first romance novelist chosen for Reese Witherspoon's book club