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Second First Impressions

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Distraction (n): an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.

Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa’s residents, maintaining the property (with an assist from DIY YouTube tutorials), and guarding the endangered tortoises that live in the Villa’s gardens. Some
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I got off to a bit of a rough start with Second First Impressions, but once I got invested in the story, Teddy and Ruthie snuck themselves right into my heart and I ended up SO charmed by this sweet little book. Thanks to Sally's signature dreamy writing style, Teddy really shined in all of his tattooed, long-haired glory and I swooned SO HARD anytime he was on the page. I mean, THE DRESSING ROOM SCENE?????? HELLO?????? 🥵 This book was just a delight. An absolute delight. I am so happy that I lo ...more
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
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
well, i didnt hate this. but i didnt love it, either.

and i feel like this review is going to be a little unfair - after ‘the hating game,’ i know ST is capable of truly wonderful stories. and i cant imagine the pressure she must feel to write another book that is just as wildly successful, but this wasnt it.

the story, the characters, the writing all feel… average? which isnt inherently a bad thing, but i know ST can be so much more than just average. i just wish there was something in this sto
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
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh god, the blurb...
I'm salivating!
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
Chelsea Humphrey
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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
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
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
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i feel like it would be a literal crime if i didn't add this to my tbr ...more
h o l l i s
There was a lot of the classic Thorne magic in this but, spoiler alert, I definitely think I've liked this the least of all three of her books.

Maybe, not unlike the title, this is a book that needs a second go. Maybe I need to revisit my first impression.

That said, I think the people who had a really hard time with 99 PERCENT MINE will enjoy this a lot more. It's nothing like the author's debut but I think maybe this release is THE HATING GAME's nicer cousin as opposed to its prickly stepsister
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]
Karren  Sandercock
Ruthie Midona is in her mid-twenties, she’s worked as an office assistant at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villas for six years and she lives in a cottage on the property. Dedicated to her job, Ruthie is efficient and extremely hard working. But, she’s living a life of a much older person, she dresses like an old lady and a very frugal one. Melanie Sasaki starts working with Ruthie as a temp, she’s determined to change Ruthie’s single status and the way she dresses.

Theodore is the son of Jerr
Jul 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
why the fuck did they put sjm’s review on the cover ?!
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.
Iris Grace
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As Darcy Barrett would say, Get - In - Me!!!!!!
aqsa (villain fucker)
Jul 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: na

i hated 99 percent mine LMAO but god please be good
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 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
Dec 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
if this is gonna be a repeat of 99 percent [silence]
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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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