The Plus One

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 th...

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Title:The Plus One
Author:Sarah Archer
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The Plus One Reviews

  • 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 was perfect. I liked the way time passed in this sto

    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 was perfect. I liked the way time passed in this story. Conversations between the characters were insightful and led Kelly to be appropriately introspective. It was evident to me that this happened in a near future when robotics has advanced. I could go on and on about what I did like, which is probably 90% of the book.

    The bit I didn't like was the way things were overly drawn out. The whole indecisiveness of the main character Kelly went a little too long for me. I loved Ethan, but I wish he'd been more clearly defined, even exaggerated as someone who could only think of the world as it related to Kelly. And there was a slight confusion for me about Kelly having so much trouble on a project when she whipped another better one up in a weekend; in that respect Ethan should have been a lot more simple. This lent to the believability of the story overall. Kelly kept a lot to herself and that got a little frustrating, mainly because she couldn't solve the problem alone.

    There's probably more I could pick at, but honestly, why? I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Great characters and an interesting plot. And there were funny little zingers popping up unexpectedly. Some of the metaphors were hilarious. I will definitely pick up more books from this author.

    Lauren Fortgang is always great on any audiobook - I know I'm going to love her narration and this time was no exception. She really brought it to life.

  • 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

  • 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 characters, relationships an

    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 characters, relationships and their evolution. Kelly was just brilliant in her social awkwardness and willingness to learn from the data life is stubbornly providing her with. The fact that I found her very relatable is something I'd need to reflect on :-) Priya was another great character. I was really glad that their friendship withstood the trials and tribulations of Kelly's brief and illuminating relationship with a robot.

    At the heart of the novel is Kelly's journey to understand herself. Her lack of a wedding date at the ripe age of twenty nine didn't come out of blue, it was deeply rooted in her fear of getting too close to somebody, fear of ending up in a relationship where nobody talks about things that matter, fear of indifference and giving in. The way she chose to go about it was creating her ultimate version of a safety net, a boyfriend that is programmed to love her unconditionally the way she is. Eventually, she does realise love isn't love where there is no free will.

    A charming debut novel and a perfect summer read. I'll be definitely looking forward to reading more books from Sarah Archer in future.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P.Putnam's sons for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

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  • 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 boyfriend.

    I liked the plot. The humor was just pe

    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 boyfriend.

    I liked the plot. The humor was just perfect. I couldn't connect with Ethan (I know he's a robot and all) but he just had no emotion, which is a vital point for me. I liked Gary (Kelly's brother) more than kelly herself. I'd love to see him as a main character.

    I didn't like Kelly from the very beginning. It felt like she was arrogant being a robotics engineer and looked down on people. Though she did made herself slightly better as the story progressed, so it was not as bad.

    I received an ARC from the publisher and am giving my own opinions.

  • Yna the Mood Reader

    No

    Sci-Fi Romance

    Third person.

    No.

    Self Esteem Issues. BlackmaNo.⚠person.📚Romance📚No📚

    No

    Sci-Fi Romance

    Third person.

    No.

    Self Esteem Issues. Blackmail. Engineering Stereotypes.

    you are fascinated with human-robot relationships.

    I have just finished reading this book, and as I write this review, I still have not fully decided whether I like this read or not. It's crazy why I am at a loss to where I stand on this one.

    is the story of Kelly, a robotics engineer, who at a loss of finding a date to her sister's wedding used a prototype of her project Confibot and created Ethan, the robot. Ethan is a unique and very realistic humanoid that is programmed to give care to people (a la Baymax of Big Hero 6). He is a self-teaching robot who can adapt to the mind and behavior of his owner. Problems ensue when Kelly finds herself falling for him, and, Ethan, as he is programmed, reciprocates her feelings as well.

    This book reminded me of Chobits, a Japanese manga and anime that revolves around Chi, a persocom or humanoid robot.

    The story was dependent on how the reader will feel toward Ethan. I admit I like him, but I was weirded out by the sex with robots part. I mean.. you have to admit it's weird. Also, when it happened with no context, and explanations was skipped in the book, too.

    It was hard to love the book because Kelly, the main character was hard to love. She comes of as unlikeable because she tends to look at herself so low, and looking at others so low, too. I hate how much she was bearing grudges to her own family and extending to a tangled web of lies.

    I was a bit meh with the ending, but I guess it was a way to relay the overall message of the book.. which frankly is saying that this is not a romance. This book is about Kelly learning to love herself.

    Overll, I think the book was promising, but failed to deliver likeable characters and interesting love story.

  • 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, stuffing them in the back o

    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, stuffing them in the back of the closet, right next to the childhood traumas and the performing-in-your-third-grade-play-naked-and-then-all-your-teeth-fall-out dreams."

    The problem is, Kelly's younger sister is getting married, and their mother, a wedding consultant who owns a bridal shop, is in absolute heaven as she plans and controls every aspect of the wedding. This includes ensuring Kelly has a suitable date, which is an issue of concern for her mother, because Kelly's dating history is, well, shaky.

    Kelly doesn't quite understand all of the craziness surrounding her finding a wedding date. She isn't all that interested in dating anyway. But when a night of clubbing with Priya ends unsuccessfully (although she met a handsome man who introduced her to his boyfriend) and the latest blind date her mother arranged ends in disaster, Kelly decides to take matters into her own hands—literally.

    Using her engineering skills and the myriad different parts in the robotics lab, Kelly builds herself a wedding date. Ethan is incredibly handsome, courteous, caring, and he grows more intelligent with each interaction. He is utterly devoted to Kelly and, strangely, she feels more comfortable around him, too. Ethan charms those around him, including Kelly's mother, and no one suspects that he isn't human.

    Even though the plan is to disconnect him after her sister's wedding, Kelly realizes she enjoys being with someone and having someone care about her, even if he isn't real. As her relationship with Ethan starts to interfere with her relationships and her job, she knows she has to follow her original plan. But she doesn't count on her mother's continued pressure, and she's utterly unprepared for how she's falling for Ethan. How can she simply take him apart when she cares about him so much?

    I thought this was an absolutely charming, silly, sweet book. So many of us have felt the pressures Kelly did, and although we might not have the intelligence or skills to engineer the same solution she did, I definitely identified with a lot of the emotions she felt. Sure, I had to suspend my disbelief, and I kept expecting everything to blow up, but I really enjoyed the way Sarah Archer laid this story out.

    Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where you knew everything was going to go awry and you were worried about what might happen but at the same time you couldn't look away? That's exactly how I felt reading

    . It almost felt like I was reading with my hands half over my eyes!

    This book brought a new, fun twist to the rom-com genre and I really enjoyed it. If you can embrace the fun side of the book without delving too deeply into what's possible, you'll definitely enjoy it, too.

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  • 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.

    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 between a mother and her son, because the author never ma

    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.

    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 between a mother and her son, because the author never made Ethan into a real, distinct guy.

    Also, I'm not saying I want to read cyborg porn, but come on -

    . Surely an explanation of how she made that biologically possible isn't too much to ask for. How does a robotic erection work? Did she give him semen? Can he orgasm?

    So yeah, since I never felt for Ethan

    , I couldn't comprehend how Kelly would. It just made her seem even more pathetic, desperate, and lonely than she really was. I'm not at all one to judge: I'm hardly a social butterfly. But Kelly just took it to ridiculous levels.

    Still, the book had a few good one-liners. Mostly from Kelly's older brother Gary, who needed a lot more page time than he got. Speaking of brothers, the family dynamics in general were awesome - I loved Archer's exploration of them, and how Kelly slowly grew into herself there. It's just a shame that she needed Ethan to help her do it.

    (Random side note: you know what's weird? This is the second ARC I received in 2018 called

    Both are chick lit. Both are debut novels. Both have authors whose first names begin with S...)

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  • 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 not enough. And that was part of

    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 not enough. And that was part of the issue.

    Not being able to fall in love with the hero is one thing, not caring for the heroine is something altogether different.

    The female character has to be likable since she often carries the overall story. It’s hard to connect with her if she is being stereotyped (socially awkward, and nerdy) and turns out to be just plain uninteresting. I’ve read quite a few books about socially awkward characters, Eleanor, OVE, Don – they all were expectational characters because the authors were dedicated on making them different but still relatable.

    Nevertheless Kelly grew as a person throughout the book, which was something that gave the story depth and meaning. Because even though I loved the idea of the premise, it turned out to be a bit more unrealistic and strange than expected. And yes, the outcome was predictable, because Ethan was a robot, it can only end one way!!!

    What I ended up enjoying the most about this book was Kelly’s family, their interactions and love for each other. That also confirmed that the author has potential. I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up next.

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  • 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 book.

    Plot twist, this is a gend

    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 book.

    Plot twist, this is a gender flipped retelling of Weird Science (remember that pervy TV show I was likely too young to watch, which was based on a movie I've never watched, yeah). Yay? I'm thrilled feminism has evolved to allow women to design their wish fulfillment robots now. 2019, it's not just men that are creeps anymore!

    Kelly is trash (newsflash everyone is socially awkward, maybe try calming down for a second and realizing you're a background player for strangers overhearing your social disasters) and Ethan is Google in physical form (to borrow from Shania, that don't impress me much - the internet was made a human right years ago so the search button is blase in the first world)

    If the robot science process had been discussed like it is in Robin Sloane's Sourdough, I might've been more forgiving toward this story - but it is more like ,"I 3D printed this and clicked this button and solved everything".

    The background characters are more interesting than Kelly and Ethan, which is a bold choice for a book marketed as a rom-com. I do not recommend this story, but the author does show potential.

    Thank you to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for providing me with an e-arc of this novel. That did not influence my opinion in any way.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    FYI: The top shelf on GR on this book says it's a romance, but it is not a romance novel. This is a character arc story. Romance is a topic in the novel but it is not a romance novel.

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