• Funny You Should Ask

  • A Novel
  • By: Elissa Sussman
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A restless young journalist with big dreams interviews a Hollywood heartthrob—and reunites with him 10 years later to discover exactly how he feels about her in this sexy and engrossing novel.

“You will absolutely devour this book. It’s filled with delightful banter, hot romance, and a love story that’s worthy of the big screen.” (Kate Spencer, author of In a New York Minute and host of Forever35)

Then. Twenty-something writer Chani Horowitz is stuck. While her former MFA classmates are nabbing high-profile book deals, all she does is churn out puff pieces. Then she’s hired to write a profile of movie star Gabe Parker: her number one celebrity crush and the latest James Bond. All Chani wants to do is keep her cool and nail the piece. But what comes next proves to be life changing in ways she never saw coming, as the interview turns into a whirlwind weekend that has the tabloids buzzing—and Chani getting closer to Gabe than she had planned. 

Now. Ten years later, after a brutal divorce and a healthy dose of therapy, Chani is back in Los Angeles as a successful writer with the career of her dreams. Except that no matter what new essay collection or online editorial she’s promoting, someone always asks about The Profile. It always comes back to Gabe. So when his PR team requests that they reunite for a second interview, she wants to say no. She wants to pretend that she’s forgotten about the time they spent together. But the truth is that Chani wants to know if those 72 hours were as memorable to Gabe as they were to her. And so...she says yes. 

Alternating between their first meeting and their reunion a decade later, this deliciously irresistible novel will have you hanging on until the last word.

©2022 Elissa Sussman (P)2022 Random House Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

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Total wish fulfillment

I loved this book. It is the perfect exploration of what if? For every person who has thought, or thinks, well, they just haven’t met me yet, this is the one for you. It is total wish fulfillment. The leading lady is a bit vexing and overly sensitive at times, but hang in there with her. You will come to understand her, even if you are screaming at her to just go for it.

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I went back and forth on this one and when I finally bought it, I was glad I did. Great narration. Loved the story. Kept my attention and quick easy interesting well written listen.

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Almost but not quite

Everything needed to feel satiated by a witty, heartfelt love story is here but I still walk away feeling that this book missed the mark. The story is good enough and the characters have potential to be interesting, but they seem paper thin. Like their backstories didn’t flesh them out enough to be fully and properly understood and enjoyed. The lack of depth in the characters makes their choices hard to understanding, and frustrating. Not in the way that some romance novels go when you just want to shake the characters and tell them to go be with the other because you’re so invested in seeing a happy ending play out after watching them get close to it so many times. In this case it’s in a way that just leaves you with a sense of mistrust and lack of understanding behind the motivation or some of these characters choices.

I would’ve loved to have seen more tension, more almost kisses or moments when they’re just nearly about to work out but something goes wrong. I think that would help make it make more sense why she would go back to see him in that play and still be in love with him ten years later. Because in reality, her knowing him for a few days and almost having sex, then getting immediately rejected as he goes off to marry a super hot movie star, only to get burned by him and the same woman years after doesn’t inspire the type of “One that got away” trope this novel is trying to achieve.
The romance felt dry, and the story as a whole fell short of reaching the potential the premise of this novel has.
I didn’t dislike this book, I just think that this book could be about 200 pages longer and give of so much more to add depth to these characters and the romance aspect as a whole.