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, Fiction, Adult

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...
  • 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 ...
  • Yna the Mood Reader
    "[...]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 Romance POV: T...
  • Larry H
    3.5 stars, maybe 3.75?Kelly is a robotics engineer. She's smart and ready to go places with her career, but her interpersonal skills aren't always the strongest. She winds up making a mess out of her encounters with people, even when she doesn't mean to. Even her best friend Priya thinks she's socially awkward, even though she knows Kelly means well."It would be so much simpler if everyone could just do what she did and suppress their emotions, s...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Haley
    Spoilers!So. I gotta say I only picked up this book to read because I wanted to know when she gave the robot a dick. Because if she gave it to him when she first built him then she was planning on fucking a robot from the get go. I actually enjoyed this book— probably not in the way the author intended though. I listened to it and Lauren Fortgang did a really good job narrating it and I think that’s part of why I actually liked Kelly. I found...
  • Yels
    2.5 stars The Plus One follows Kelly, a young robotics engineer who is tired of her mother asking her if she is bringing a date to family dinner. Kelly realizes that she is expected to take a date for her sister's upcoming wedding to please her mom and to stop her mom from making comments about her eggs. Since Kelly does not want to use online dating app, her next best thing? Build a boyfriend. I had a hard time reading this book because I could ...
  • 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.
  • Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
    I'm so torn. I guess it's a 3-star read? To be fair?It was light-hearted. None of the characters were likable with quite a few cliche ones like Priya being the token party girl of the group who ends up being the only one with a working brain. There's one in every book, it seems. I hated Kelly's mom so much. There was no redeeming her. It was every single mom trope that I hated - pushing your older child to get married, planning out her whole life...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • Mayda
    Kelly is in a quandary. She needs a date for her sister’s wedding, but not only doesn’t she have a steady boyfriend, none of the blind dates her family and friends have set her up with has worked out. Being a robotics engineer, Kelly had a wild idea to build herself a robot date. With plans to disassemble him after the wedding, she develops the perfect man for herself, complete with back story. Unfortunately, he is too perfect: she finds hers...
  • 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...
  • Uyen
    A rather sweet, endearing read, The Plus One is much more character-focused than plot-driven. We have a shy engineer Kelly as our protagonist and the “love interest” Ethan, a robot she has created to be her plus one at a wedding.I think the core of the narrative is important to reflect upon: the ideas of what makes a human, how can we learn to love... They’re all well-executed propositions put forward by the author through this “love stor...
  • Oliver Harris
    I picked up this book because I was really interested in the robot aspect of this book as I am someone who is really into robots. (I consider myself a cyborg due to my pacemaker) The robot aspect is really the only reason I gave this book such a high rating. I loved that part of the book. I loved that Kelly was a smart woman working in a STEM field. That being said I did think there was something kind of off about Kelly that was never adressed. I...
  • 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 ...
  • Arlene
    Having recently met Sophia the Robot and being a bit creeped out by the experience, this story had the same effect. Our world is clearly headed in this direction whether we’re ready for it or not. ~shivers~
  • Andrea
    Started off slow, and at the beginning I found the main character, Kelly, almost too unlikeable. But I’m glad I stuck with it. The plot evolved into something fun and thought-provoking, and I found myself tearing up at several points toward the end.
  • Whitney
    Such an underwhelming read. Kelly's mom was the worst part of the book and made it extremely difficult to enjoy when she was on the page. Her tirade to Kelly about her 'eggs' getting old and thus making it possible to have a 'downs' baby really fucking pissed me off and wasn't needed at all. Add that to the completely unrealistic aspect of the book and this easily became a dud for me.
  • Karen
    Millennial romance, what there is of it. Woman so put off by human makes builds a cyborg boyfriend to take to her sister's wedding. Um, funny, not funny? I gave up halfway through.
  • bookczuk
    Got this to see how an AI was incorporated into a romance. Ok.
  • 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...