The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Berkley, 2021


This was fun. It’s extremely clever, extremely NICHE, and just an all-round enjoyable romcom.

The gist: Shay and Dominic work together at a public radio station. Shay is the former wunderkind producer who’s been there for years, busting her booty and quietly longing for a chance in front of the mic. Dominic is a fresh from grad school reporter who is already becoming the star of the show.

Shay is not a fan.

They’re adversarial chemistry lands them on a brand new show of their own, The Ex Talk. An on-air relationship show hosted by two former lovers. The only problem is…they’re not former lovers. It’s a lie.

This book is bursting with millenialisms and popculture references which is pretty delightful. It’s also full of talk radio references which I’m certain are fun if that’s your jam. I, however, had to google a lot for those.

My one quibble…and it’s completely a me thing and possibly kinda dumb…is that I didn’t love that they lied for their show. It bothered me. What I wish, and I realize that would have made this a different book, is that these two REALLY WERE EXES hosting a radio show. *shrugs*

Thank you Berkley and Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.