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Second First Impressions

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  113 reviews
From the USA Today  bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women—under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.

Distraction (n): an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.

Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by William Morrow
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Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was SO SWEET! Sally Thorne’s vulnerable, quirky and hilarious writing shines again (with a little steam on the side)!! Definitely a book I’ll be picking up whenever I need to feel safe and warm. I loved Ruthie and Teddy so much 🐢
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It pains me to rate a sally thorne book anything less than 4 stars. And the worst part is I might drop this rating even lower. This just wasn't what I was expecting 💔. Review to come.

« ARC received via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review »

Two words: SALLY. THORNE.

This is one of those moments I wish I had those time traveling abilities 😭😭😭

• Release Date: 13 April 2021 •

Read my review of other Sally Thorne titles:
The Hating Game
99 Percent Mine
Jun 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
yes, I hated 99 Percent Mine. yes, I'm gonna read this anyway. don't worry about it. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh god, the blurb...
I'm salivating!
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this the right way (in one day), and miss it so badly all ready. Like being inside Sally Thorne's cute, cozy, whimsically wall-papered brain with a cheeseboard, a bubblebath, and a very soft sweater. No one writes like Sally. No one thinks like her, I don't think. I want to bottle her brain, and drink a sip every night so I can dream her books. Just. So. Sweet. ...more
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women—under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.
*chef's kiss*


Apr 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Sally Thorne:
say no more!

I'm hoping this was is a little more Hating Game and a little less 99 Percent Mine
alluring B ❄︎
Jul 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Caitlin Reads
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so thrilled to receive an ARC for Second First Impressions. I absolutely loved Sally’s debut novel, The Hating Game, and also enjoyed 99 Percent Mine which received mixed reviews. I would highly encourage fans of Sally who didn’t love 99 Percent Mine to rest assured and give Second First Impressions a chance because it really is Sally’s perfect “second first impression.”

Ruthie Midona is a 25 year old living and working in a retirement community. She is the oldest 25 year old alive who pref
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Sally Thorne is BACK! Thank goodness. I feared we'd never recover after 99 Percent Mine. But here we are.

Second First Impressions is considerably more than a light hearted romance between two quirky, unusual people (though it is that too). It's a deep dive into the long-lasting effects of family trauma faced during adolescence on a woman's ability to establish herself in adulthood, to take herself seriously, and to create a life for herself.

I'm impressed with all the layers and different eleme
EDIT: omg this sounds amazing! I can’t wait!

Another book from my queen Sally Thorne?!?!?!


No title, cover, or synopsis yet, but I am READY
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it loved it loved it. Sally Thorne is the absolute best at banter mixed with the most glorious descriptions and similes. “He smells like a sweet tea bag. How obnoxiously nice.” Or later, saying someone is a pink unicorn. Not like a pink unicorn. IS one. God I loved this so much.

The ending is a TINY bit rushed with Teddy’s family, but I adored swimming in the dialogue and the ways that Thorne’s characters verbalize the things that we all think but can’t quite express, at least not as witti
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
This was exceptional. I don't even know how else to describe Sally Thorne's writing other than to say that it just makes me feel good. Even though all three of her leading ladies are incredibly different, they were parts of them that were still somehow all relatable and warm and comforting. Sally's books are something that you can pull out on a day full of sunshine at the beach to enjoy or on a gray day filled with sadness. No matter what you're feeling when you begin them, I can guarantee you w ...more
Emily Watts
Oct 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
please dont suck please dont suck please dont suck please dont suck
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i feel like it would be a literal crime if i didn't add this to my tbr ...more
julia ♥
Dec 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-romance
THERE IS A BLURB!!!!! [insert pic of baby yoda reaching in the distance]
shreya ☂
Jul 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipating
two of my most anticipated romances are coming out next april, i can already see it being a fabulous month.
Jul 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
why the fuck did they put sjm’s review on the cover ?!
ariam (villain fucker)
Jul 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: na

i hated 99 percent mine LMAO but god please be good
Iris Grace
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As Darcy Barrett would say, Get - In - Me!!!!!!
Nov 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Not another 99 percent mine please!! 🤞
Blair Leigh
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book by NetGalley. I simply loved it more than I can adequately express. My full review is coming when I can take a few days to craft the perfect way to capture how this book made me feel. 💜 Sally has outdone herself AGAIN.

EDIT: Review:

Second First Impressions

I need to start by saying that for three years now (I think), The Hating Game has been my favorite romance novel. While it holds a special place in my heart until I die, Second First Impressions has become the fro
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
4.5 glorious stars!

The Hating Game is one of my top favorite books of all time. 99 Percent Mine was a crushing disappointment. I picked up the pieces of my book-loving heart. With faith that Sally Thorne could pull herself together, I went into this book with trepidation and hope. My dear readers, SALLY. IS. BACK!!!!! I loved the characters, the setting, the banter, the lovable quirkiness that is so this author's niche. My heart did little flippity-flips in my chest because the slow burn romanc
Dec 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
if this is gonna be a repeat of 99 percent [silence]
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss.

Ruthie is an old-soul: cautious, self-contained, and quiet, and she’s starting to wonder if, at 25, there’s more to life. Teddy is charming, out-going, and maybe just a bit flighty. Can they bring out the best in each other to achieve their dreams?

What I loved: that Teddy was not the alpha-male found in a lot of romance novels. He was warm, quirky, gregarious and a bit flawed in ways that aren’t stereotyped as alpha male. Ruthie is also a relatable ch
Dec 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
I will pretend 99 Percent Mine didn't happen and pray this is as good as The Hating Game. ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, romance, arc
"I am tackling the journey just like a golden bonnet tortoise: one inch at a time."

I think that Sally's THG set a benchmark and after it I cannot help but compare her other books with it. And, well, no one measures up to Joshua Templeman. Since I am comparing, this was, for me, somewhere between 99 Percent Mine and The Hating Game.

I liked the peace and quiet about this book. I liked how the story nicely juxtaposed that with taking chances and being brave. Since the 25-year-old Ruthie Midona is
May 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
13 May 2019: I know nothing about this book, but I'm so excited!! :D

15 November 2019: The title! The blurb! I. CAN'T. WAIT. !!
Sep 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
I will read any book this lady writes.
zozo ~
Dec 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If this isn't just as superior as The Hating Game i'm actually going to be pissed, bring the magic back Sally Thorne 😫 we all know you got it in you. ...more
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Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and The Simpsons Movie director David Mirkin. It was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top t ...more

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