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This Won't End Well

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  105 reviews

An ingeniously witty novel about the risks—and rewards—of opening your life to new people by Amazon Charts bestselling author Camille Pagán.

No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around

Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh thanks to my reading stars! This great author didn't disappoint me! It's not wow, I'm over the moon reading but it's more than okay! At least it gave me so much fun and made me smile.

Yes, it was funny, it was fast paced and enjoyable and finished soooo quickly!
Poor Annie Mercer is dumped by her fiancée who travels to Paris to find himself like young Amy March (I prayed for Annie that he wouldn’t find his own Laurie and engaged with him!)
But this is just the beginning of her problems. She is
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Won’t End Well Camille Pagán

I enjoyed this cute story about Annie Mercer whose life was quickly spiraling down the drain. Annie went from enjoying her rewarding career as a chemist and looking forward to a fabulous engagement with her fiancée Jon to losing her job, banned from any chemist job for the next few years, to working as a housekeeper, with a fiancée that has gone MIA in France for some soul searching.

This is truly a feel good story about a woman who finds her voice and learns to
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I love Camille Pagán

She's a brilliant, pithy writer whose books are always quirky and deeply relatable. Such is true for This Won't End Well. Told from various diary entries, e-mails, neighborhood newsletters (which are hysterical), and an occasional newspaper article, this story is a quick, fun read.

Scientifically-minded Annie is a beautifully fleshed-out character. I truly loved her spectrum-like thinking...reminded me very much of my son. But she's just one of many lovable characters in this
Lori Spielman
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book! It's everything I love in fiction--clever, moving, compelling, and hilarious! Camille Pagán is a master at creating lovable, unconventional characters we relate to and cheer for--Annie Mercer is THAT character. In turns laugh-out-loud funny and deeply affecting, this book is a true gem. Part mystery, part love story, This Won't End Well is a lesson in empowerment, and a beautiful reminder that we get by with a little help from our friends. It has my highest recommendation!
This Won't End Well is a fast paced and funny read! Annie's fiance has fled to Paris to "find himself", leaving Annie twisting in the wind. I so loved Annie and enjoyed her journey in finding herself. I am a huge Camille Pagan fan and this one didn't disappoint!
Annie's life is about to implode (which is fitting since she's a chemist) but so not fun when it's her life instead of an experiment. Her boss, Todd, has been sexually harassing her, she's living with her mom because she's worried about her health, and her fiancé, Jon, has left on an impromptu trip to Paris... without even asking her to join him! In order to cope and in turn, avoid getting hurt again, she's decided to avoid anyone new in her life. But, of course, as we all know, life doesn't ...more
~This ARC has been gently provided in exchange for an honest review~

This book has touched me deeply. I’m not good at words, but I’ll try to give it the review it deserves.

Things aren’t going well for Annie, lately. She had been harassed for months by her boss. One day, he tried to go further, and started groping her, so she shoved him away and he fell onto a lab table, causing the destruction of several expensive material. She handed her resignation, because as she explained, she couldn’t stand
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Camille Pagan is truly such a talented writer! Her books are consistently pithy, funny, and written with impeccable pacing. THIS WON’T END WELL was no different. I loved Annie, the protagonist, and willingly joined her on her journey to self discovery. I highly recommend!
Andrea Pole
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This Won't End Well by Camille Pagan is a novel about finding a new beginning when the familiar has gone by the wayside.. I love a novel that is written in an epistolary format, and I flew through this one as a result.

Annie Mercer has lost her job, her fiance has gone to Paris to find himself before he commits, and her mother is an ongoing concern. Moving into her mother's home in Michigan, Annie is forced to take a hard look at her life, and wonders if the career and love for which she has
Caroline Bertaud
Camille Pagán is a HUGELY TALENTED writer and she never disappoints. Her fresh, unique, and funny style is as close to perfection as can be—she makes it look like writing is really no big deal at all. And again, she creates a set of well-drawn characters you want to hold in a tight embrace. A marvelous, smart, and quick read.
Thanks for the opportunity to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kristy Harvey
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book! The format is fresh and unique, the characters are realistic and lovable yet charmingly flawed and the story is one that won’t let you go. Don’t miss this one!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable lighter read! This was witty and completely relatable. It was fun to have a font seat ride as the character navigated her friendships and discovered herself. I snorted with laughter a few times and shook my head at others actions a few times. 3 Thank you to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review. ...more
Sonja Yoerg
I'm something of a geeky girl myself so stories featuring science-driven women are my jam. This Won't End Well explores what happens when hard-headed thinking collides matters of the heart--complicated ones. I loved the multiplicity of relationships at play here: the central romance(s), the friendships, the mother-daughter relationship, and the workplace woes. Pagan handles all these threads like the seasoned pro she is, creating a memorable main character in Annie, keeping the pacing tight ...more
Jacqueline Francis
Absolutely stunning novel! I was excited to get an advanced copy of this book and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with a touching, funny, and ultimately heartwarming story about a modern, millennial woman navigating through her career, relationships, friends, and more. Told in diary entries and emails, this story vividly comes to life with great details.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camille Pagán writes adorable, quirky, loveable characters like no other, and Annie, the main character in Pagán’s latest novel, This Won’t End Well , is no exception. After Annie’s fiancé informs her that he is spending a month in Paris, alone, and doesn’t want to be contacted, Annie swears off new people. Soon, though, Annie finds herself worrying for the safety of Harper, her new next-door neighbor. Not long after, Annie unexpectedly encounters Mo, a detective, who is surveilling Harper. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Won’t End Well was a read I just didn’t want to set down. I loved the quirky characters, the witty writing, the strong women. I loved Annie and her journey—figuring out her friendships, family, career, and love life. I loved how every woman in this book was juggling things, figuring out life at all stages, and there were several components of mental health.

I love that Pagan manages to make books that have so many layers but are so readable. I recommend this one to every woman (and most
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Won't End Well is a fun, enjoyable, and quick read about one woman's journey to figure out her next steps in life. Camille Pagán writes such wonderful characters, and it was hard not to like all of them, even the ones we weren't initially supposed to care for.

The book is written solely in journal entries, emails, and newsletters, which I thought might be annoying but after a while, I didn't even notice it anymore because the plot flowed so smoothly. It was a bit predictable, but overall
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was my first book by Camille Pagán and I was not disappointed. Even though the first half of the story read a bit slow for me, once it picked up I flew through the rest of the book.
I really liked the narrative choice of telling the story through the main character's diary, which helped convey her character's portrayal to the reader. The romance plotline sure was sweet, but my favourite parts were the friendships created or strengthened along the way and of course the MC's personal growth.
Janet Fiorentino
I always get very excited when a new novel by Camille Pagán comes out and for good reason. Her characters are delightfully quirky and highly realistic, and though Pagan writes about serious situations, she does so with a hefty dose of humor. “This Won’t End Well,” Pagan’s latest novel, is all that and more.

The novel’s protagonist is Annie, a dedicated scientist, who likes both structure and the ability to plan ahead. Change is not a good thing for Annie so when her carefully planned life
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie is a young woman at a crossroad in her life. She is hyper-intelligent, totally organized and set in her ways. Her dream was go to MIT but she ended up moving to Michigan to stay with her mother and taking a job as a scientist. She loved her job and she loved her fiance Jon, a high school French teacher. All at once, everything goes wrong - she is fired from her job due to unfair circumstances, she is frustrated living at her mother's and to top it all off, Jon calls her from the airport to ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun and quirky read from start to finish! I read this on the plane, and it was a great plane read that kept me entertained for hours without being too emotionally draining.

When Annie's fiance unexpectedly moves to France without a warning and she loses her job, Annie decides to shut herself off from the road. After all, you can't be hurt or disappointed by people if you don't spend time with them, right? But after meeting a mysterious new neighbor, Annie slowly starts to
Kayla McLendon
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TO: future readers of This Won’t End Well
From: A very satisfied reader
Subject: four and half stars for This Won’t End Well

I LOVE Camille Pagan. She is very witty and writes fun, lovable characters.
This Won’t End Well follows Annie Mercer and her fiancé Jon. It’s a classic Will they/won’t they scenario.
I found myself really invested in the side characters as well.
I love Epistolary novels, so this was a slam dunk for me.

Thank you #netgalley and #lakeunion for the ARC.
Christine Moore
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When Annie's fiancee up and goes to France and she loses her job , she decides to take a break from people. Only planning to talk to people she already knows, things don't go as planned for Annie! Annie lives with her mom and they get a new neighbor Harper. Harper wants to be Annie's friend. Annie also meets Mo, a private investigator who has a subject in the neighborhood he is keeping an eye on. This was a wonderful heartwarming story about friendship, family, and finding ones true happiness. I ...more
Amanda Yates
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I wasn’t sure I was going to like the time format the chapters were presented in but it kept the story on track. I loved the story itself. Such a finding your happy kinda thing.
Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
I discovered Camille Pagán’s writing a few years ago. I stumbled upon Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties (the title grabbed my attention immediately) and devoured it in just a couple of days. I immediately read Forever is the Worst Long Time and then Life and Other Near-Death Experiences soon after. I basically binge read all of her books in a matter of weeks. When I’m Fine and Neither Are You was released last year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I just had to read it. Obviously. And ...more
Kelly Harms
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh but it does end well! And start well, and it's pretty darn great in the middle too. The super-introverted Annie Mercer is the sweetest straight man and her new neighbor Harper is exactly what Annie needs to get her life started up again after the all too relatable double whammy of heartache and harassment.

I love everything Camille writes, and this one won't disappoint you even if you've never had the Pagan experience. It will get you hooked, though, and be warned--she has plenty of great
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
via my blog:
'In reality, I’ve been expecting the best in spite of all evidence to the contrary- including an unshakable feeling that my so-called fiancé would not be coming home tomorrow as he claimed.'

Annie Mercer and her fiancé (French teacher) Jon suddenly no longer seem to be on the same page about their future. Her important work as a chemist has ‘derailed’ after an incident involving her heinous boss Todd (who is way too hands on) , her best friend
Susan Peterson
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camille Pagán’s hallmark is a cast of unique characters, exploring relationships and life with honesty, wit, and heart. This book delivers all that in this compelling and relatable story. Annie is a wonderful, quirky character; engaged to a man who unexpectedly heads to Paris to find himself, recently fired from a job, and conflicted about where her life will go from here. This book contains humor, warmth, and bittersweet moments. I love how the story was written, through the words Annie writes ...more
Emma R
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an arc of this book (release date 4/25), and I was so excited! This Won't End Well was the third book I have read by Camille Pagán, and I frequently recommend her books. One of my favorite things about Pagán's writing is her mixing the gritty or hard things in life with stories of love, joy, and women finding strength in themselves. She did that again with This Won't End Well!
Three points kept This Won't End Well, from being five stars for me. I missed the style of
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Camille Pagán is the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of six novels, including This Won’t End Well, I’m Fine and Neither Are You, and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which has been optioned for film.

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I’m the author of Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties (out 2/27/18), Forever is the Worst Long Time, The Art of Forgetting, and the #1 Kindle bestseller Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film. My novels have been translated into twelve languages.

In another life, I was a health editor at Real Simple and Fitness magazines; these days, I write for publications like