The Plus One by Sarah Archer

The Plus One

A hilarious and heartwarming debut novel about a brilliant but socially inept robotics engineer who builds her own wedding date to her sister's wedding, and learns more about love than she ever expected.Meet Kelly. Twenty-nine, valedictorian, and a brilliant robotics engineer to boot. While her professional life is on the rise, her personal life is struggling to get off the ground.With her sister's wedding looming and her attempts to find a date ...

Details The Plus One

TitleThe Plus One
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Fiction

Reviews The Plus One

  • Toni
    I actually had so much fun reading this book! I guess I'm only human... There were bits that reminded me of Jane Austen's dry wit (esp. Kelly's parents) and others that were clearly uncomplicated super relaxing chick lit, and I loved this summer read for both its entertainment value and how close it made me feel to the protagonist.Let's face it, the robot boyfriend arc is kind of predictable, it has to be, which means that you can focus on the ch...
  • Nicole ❤
    "[...]About the fact that she really did still want to find the right guy, in spite of all the bruises that come with cracking your heart from its exoskeleton. About the growing suspicion that she couldn’t find the right guy because she wasn’t the right person." Thank you, Edelweiss and GP Putnam for the advance copy to review! This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Buy This Book 📖 📚 Series: No📚 Genre: Sci-Fi Rom...
  • Corina
    This is going to be short review. Since I don’t have much to say about this book. But I should start with saying that not every debut novel this year is working out for me.I really loved the premise of the story. BUT….It’s not easy to fall in love with a robot. A character, even a robot, needs personality, some kind of personality, humor, sarcasm or just plain weirdness. But it needs something I can identify him with. Being just a robot is ...
  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    The biggest problem with this book is that it relies on the reader falling in love with Ethan, Kelly's robot lover, and so feeling the same angst as her over the impossibility of their romance. I couldn't give less of a &*!$ about Ethan. He just never struck me as having a real personality. He didn't have a sense of humour. He had no hobbies or interests. His entire being was literally crafted by Kelly. It felt like I was reading a romance betwe...
  • Amina Ibrahim
    The Plus One is a humorous story about a robotics engineer Kelly, who has no luck in dating. With her sister's wedding close and her mother matchmaking her with different people so she can have a date to the wedding, Kelly decides to make a robot for a boyfriend to prove to her mother that she can get a date for herself. As her personal and professional life are clashing, Kelly has to decide what she wants more, a rising career or a robotic boyfr...
  • Jackie
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Honestly I’d give it 3 stars but this book has such low reviews that I bumped it up. I can see some people really enjoying this while other night not. It’s a rom-com where the main character is weak and everything just somehow magically solves itself. I think this would be better as a tv special than a book
  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    First off, I'm giving this 5 stars because while it is only a solid 4 stars in my opinion, there is no way it deserves the 2.76 rating it currently holds. It's a far better book than the rating indicates. There was a lot I liked about this debut and a bit I didn't. I liked the characters, the setting, the plot, and even the ending - which made me cry. It was sweet and hopeful and inevitable, but Archer handled it with such grace that it really wa...
  • Sarah
    Y'all need Jesus was the main though as I was reading this book - which is a lot for a non-southern atheist to feel about a story.I was emailed by the publisher that I was pre-approved for the arc of this book, and as I was about to embark on an 8hr flight, I downloaded it. My thought process based off the cover looking like a cute rom com and my love of attending weddings sans plus ones. The lesson to read the summary first was learned from this...
  • Heather Trudeau
    This was such a fun read! While a bit predictable, and unrealistic, I would recommend it to anyone looking for good chic-lit!
  • Georgia
    3.5, would have been more fun with robot sex!! i honestly wouldn't really characterize this as a romance, the strongest and most interesting relationships in this book were with her family and her best friend/coworker
  • Autumn
    Kelly Suttle is a wiz at her job, but she’s atrocious at finding a date for her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter how many men that she encounters, none of them tick all the boxes. So with the date looming ever closer and nonstop interference from her well-meaning mother, she decides to take matters into her own hands.“By your age, I was married with two kids, and a third on the way! Gary was married at twenty-seven. Your sister will be...
  • Jadine
    Free uncorrected proof on Goodreads. I liked this book but I wanted to like it more. The editor had a letter at the beginning of the book, comparing it to The Kiss Quotient by Helen Huang- which I loved, but I don't think this book was up to that level. It was trying but just didn't quite make it. I did find myself laughing out loud at some points but I was getting frustrated in the middle of the book. I kind of liked how the book ended but felt ...
  • Christy
    I received a copy of The Plus One from Goodreads Giveaways in return for an honest review.The premise of this books sounded really cute and I was excited to get a copy. Unfortunately, not a lot happens, just a lot of the same thing over and over or for far too long (her mother going in and on about her getting married is one example).The characters are not overly likeable or sympathetic. The whole relationship with a robot borders on creepy and w...
  • Kathleen Gray
    This seems to have unfairly engendered much back and forth but you know what- read it as it was intended and relax. It's the tale of Kelly, who hasn't been able to "have it all" and decides to build her own man. Yep. She builds Ethan who might be perfect even if he's well, a robot. Give up all pretense of reality and admire Kelly for her ability to actually built a robot (I know she's a robotics engineer) that can fool people. She grows as a pers...
  • Kristen
    This was just overall a hard book for me to get into and finish. The whole book was just very bland to me. Ethan is very blah and not very likable, All of Kelly's problems are solved far too quickly and easily, and I couldn't get past the fact that she had sex with a robot. What the heck how does that even happen because I mean he's a robot. Also how not even other robotics engineers could realize that they were around a robot is beyond me.
  • Lisa
    I enjoyed her writing which kept me reading the story, but in truth it was not very realistic and not the fantasy I was expecting. I felt it was a good, quick summer read!
  • Dianne
    Unless you are a huge fan of AI and/or work in Silicon Valley and in the high tech industry, this may not be the book for you. It wasn't for me.At first, when I was reading this all I could think of was Kelly was going for something like DATA from Star Trek then we got a little on the more personal side when she decided to 'steal' her own design and make herself a plus one that somehow turned into something more. All in all, it started to seem a ...
  • Cristine Tanjuakio
    Twenty-nine year old robotics engineer Kelly, in desperate need to find a date for her sister’s wedding, decided to just make herself one. Hence, she created Ethan! This novel is so out of the ordinary. Kelly, the main character reminds me of Elinor Oliphant. One challenge for me in reading both story is the feeling of disconnection from the main character(s) but other than that The Plus One is still an enjoyable read.
  • Nicole Wagner
    3.49 stars :-) This is a lot less science fiction-y than I had hoped, based on the description, but in no way am I ashamed to admit my fondness for the occasional feel-good wholesome romance, and that's closer to where this one lands. I probably should have paid better attention to the big, glaring hints of the cover tropes, but alas. My hunger for imaginative sci-fi strikes again!My number one gripe about this book is that the main character's r...
  • Jaclyn Chapman
    This was a fun fast read. I found in hard to put down. What started as a solving for a wedding date became more than Kelly expected as she is sucked down her own rabbit hole per say of her own making. She learns all avout love and relationships and well as more about her self.
  • Jillian Doherty
    A light-hearted story about finding yourself, and new opportunities along the way.Kelly is a refreshingly quirky character, and science forward protagonist. Here we see a women who’s less focused on romance but must contend with it. With her sister’s wedding is quickly approaching, and family pressure to bring a date the story comes to ahead; she does what she knows best and finds so much more in her AI than ever expected. Perfect for YA a cr...
  • Kim
    OH MY GOODNESS. I am so thankful for this book.I usually don't go for books that have less than a 3.5 rating on Goodreads, but the blurb interested me enough to forgo this rule. And how glad am I for going with my gut feeling. This book, although not perfect, got me out of a months-old reading funk. The first few chapters made it seem like a 3 star book (which by Goodreads standards might not seem all that good, but in my standards means a book t...
  • Ruthsic
    Truly speaking, I wouldn't classify this as a romance, though plenty of people have already shelved it as such. This book is more about Kelly letting go of her control issues and giving love a chance. Kelly has always had trouble with relationships and interacting with people in general, due to her social anxiety. When forced by her mother to acquire a date for her sister's wedding, Kelly instead builds one. While balancing her upcoming project t...
  • Laurie
    It's been a couple of days since I finished "The Plus One" by Sarah Archer, and I'm still struggling with my feelings about this book. I can't decide whether I actually liked it or not. In some ways, it was almost compulsively readable, especially the second half, most of which I read in one sitting. However, the reasons I wanted to keep reading were not necessarily positive ones. I mostly wanted to see how deep of a hole Kelly, the main characte...
  • KarenJo Custodio
    The Plus One by Sara Archer will delight sci-fi and romance fans looking for something quirky, charming, and funny.This is one of those books that I wanted to DNF, but I didn’t because I was incredibly curious to see how the story would play out. And, I can tell you now that I’m glad I did. The story isn’t original or super exciting and there are some tidbits I didn’t like, but… I thought the story is quite entertaining, insightful and ...
  • Pamela
    This book had such potential, but the author got bogged down in trying to portray Kelly, her main character, in the negative with her stereotypical attributes. Let’s face it, Kelly is a nerd and she acts like one. If an author chooses a nerd for a main character, the least she can do is to like her character well enough to write her in a respectful and likable way. Kelly is faced with the wedding of her “perfect” sister and a mother who ins...
  • Shoshana Frank
    When self-absorbed and socially awkward robot engineer Kelly needs a wedding date for her younger sister’s nuptials, building a robot boyfriend appears to be the perfect solution. It will please her over-bearing mother to see her with a successful beau and make her more appealing to her hardnosed boss. Kelly is unbelievably happy with new boyfriend Ethan, yet Kelly is lying to everyone who matters to her. Not unexpectedly, her lies become too m...
  • MJ
    First of all, I got to read an ARC of this book via Netgalley, but it is out by now! When I read the idea for the story, I was rather intrigued by the whole concept for the plot. Unfortunately, before we go any further, I am going to have to say that this book let me down.•I felt like the characters and the idea behind the story had a whole lot of potential, but then just fell short. The beginning was a bit slow and boring, but when you hit tha...