• Alexandra Antipa

[Book Review] Lucie Yi Is Not a Romantic, [Author] Lauren Ho

He looked up and their eyes locked in an unguarded moment, too late for her to mask her emotions. The want was written in her eyes for him to see, as his was. She trembled. If he kissed her now the charade would be over.

Lucie Yi is not a romantic… except she is. Like many other women living in the 21st century, she is tired of waiting for Mr. Perfect, especially after having been in a relationship that almost left her broken. She wants a baby and nothing or no one is going to stop her from pursuing her dream. Here is a story about romance, conflicting motherhood, parent expectations… and so much more!

My thoughts:

I liked Lucie from the first page! Following her story, she felt more like a friend, and I was so rooting for her to find happiness. I do not want to give too many details away, because that would ruin the whole reading experience. All I can say is that Lucie portrays all the conflicts a modern woman deals with, especially when it comes to finding her better half, having a baby, or meeting work-related expectations. In all of that, she deals with the judgment of colleagues, friends, and even her own family, struggling to keep her head above the water.

Even though this is supposed to be a “light” read, I think the author did a brilliant job in approaching themes that are difficult to swallow. Lucie has to decide on so many things, it is a wonder her head doesn’t explode. I love how she has her close friends to offer advice, but she also follows her instinct when the pressure mounts. She does not let herself be swayed by fleeting emotions, even though that would be the normal thing to do. Of course, Lucie has her moments of weakness, but only because she is human, like the rest of us.

As you will see from the story, Lucie has to decide between two partners. One is a blast from the past, while the other comes like a refreshing breath of air, demolishing many of her preconceived notions. Who will she choose? And will she have a baby or not? You will have to read the book to find out. All I can say is that Lucie will definitely spend a lot of time analyzing her “romantic” self, something which many of us do, especially when trying to decide on the future.

Another interesting aspect of the book was life in Singapore, along the cultural facts. I love discovering other cultures and reading about their norms, as I am reminded that we are all different and yet alike. No matter where we come from, we all dream of the same things, and I love books that highlight this above all else. It was also great to see that friendship, romance, work, family, and parenthood were intermingled – this is actually how things stand in real life. Refreshing to see them as such in a book as well.


This was such a great read, from beginning to end! Lucie Yi is a well-developed character and her story draws you in from the start. Filled with humor and conflict, it offers a delightful reading experience, with a taste of life in Singapore. I have heard this book being presented as a rom-com story, but I would like for all future readers to know it offers so much more. Just read it, you will definitely fall in love with Lucie, rooting for her to find happiness and everything that comes after!

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