So... this book. I went into it thinking I would really love it, but, unfortunately, it just fell a little flat for me.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. Thanks so much to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows Samiah Brooks, who, after being catfished and going viral, decides to focus more on developing her friendship app, and less on finding the perfect - or even a decent - man. Which sounds like a great plan, until Daniel Collins walks in one morning as the new R&D hire. Both Daniel and Samiah are smitten, but Samiah tries to stay focused on her work and her app, while Daniel may just be too good to be true, despite his less-than-professional feelings for his new coworker.

The plot of this book was easy enough to follow, we find out fairly early on why Daniel has become a member of the company and why a relationship with Samiah would be a bad idea. I was able to see where things would go fairly easily from the beginning, and while some may enjoy such predictability, I was hoping for something else to excite me.

The dynamic between Samiah and Daniel was perhaps my biggest roadblock in loving this book. I just really had a hard time reading the supposed chemistry between them. They seemed like they would be really good friends, but I struggled when they pushed the relationship beyond that. I'm not sure if it's just me or what but the chemistry between them was lacking for me.

Part of that lack of chemistry, I think, was because we didn't really see a lot about Samiah and Daniel's personal lives. Now, I didn't need a whole tragic backstory, but the few subtle references weren't enough for me to really become invested in the characters themselves, much less together. We get glimpses of Samiah and her sister, but even with that dynamic, I felt like I missed a book before this one about their relationship and her sister/brother-in-law's story. Taylor and London, the two other women who are catfished with Samiah also make steady appearances throughout the book, but I felt no real attachment to them either.

Now, there were some moments I did really enjoy - the discussions of double standards, racialization, patriarchy, women in STEM - these are all very important topics discussed throughout the book. However, they weren't enough to make up for other problems I had with the book on a larger scale.

Overall, this wasn't a bad book, just one that I didn't love.