Thursday 23 March 2023

Love At First Psych by Cara Bastone


Audiobook - 4hrs 35min
Narrated by: 
Santino Fontana, Stephanie Einstein, Mary Ann Jacobs, William Merryn Hill, Emily Bauer, Matt Boren, Piper Goodeve, Gabra Zackman, Mia Jenness, Elliott Fullam, Petrea Burchard, Ralph Lister, Jack de Golia

This Psych 312 assignment just might send me off the deep end. Determining whether love at first sight really exists with Robbie Moravian as my project partner of all people?

He’s the sappiest man alive, so upbeat I could scream, and clearly rooting for happy endings at every turn. How does he not learn from experience considering our own meet-cute last semester almost got us expelled?

But we both need to pass this course to graduate. So we’re interviewing five random couples about their meet-cutes and relationships and spending all this time together. Which is certainly...educational.

Because it turns out Robbie isn’t just the charming golden boy I thought I knew. There’s some actual depth beneath all those lame dad jokes and the ‘70s-inspired thrift wardrobe (even if he does look ridiculously great in a flared collar). Next thing I know he’s walking me back to my office on the regular and finishing all my sentences and protecting me from freak storms, and...

Wait. Could Robbie be right? Can happy endings really come from unhappy beginnings? Is he about to change my entire world view?

Group projects are the worst.

This book was a nice, quick and easy listen that I found utterly adorable... After a little while, anyway for it definitely wasn't love at first "sight" for me with this book. 
Chapter one, I found Marigold a little too cynical and grumpy while simultaneously finding Robbie too enthusiastic and cheerful... He was like an over-excited puppy that vomits sunshine and rainbows and I wanted to tie him up and gag him.
However, the stories of the relationships that unfolded throughout their interviews were enchanting, sad and interesting and the more time Robbie and Marigold spent together - and the longer I listened - the less annoying Robbie became, the less grumpy Marigold became and I found myself completely charmed. I enjoyed their back-and-forth banter, the humour, and their obvious attraction and I was so excited for them to realise that they belonged together. 
The moment of truth, however, was oddly unsatisfying. Their story - the first time they met and how they ended up where they were - had me smiling but they jumped from not even having held hands to I love yous! The I love yous are tied up in their past, so I understand it but... It was so PG and anti-climatic. An oatmeal and raisin cookie when you really wanted a double chocolate s'more. 
Not bad just... not ooey gooey sugary goodness.



  1. I like ooey gooey, and I have enjoyed Bastone's books a lot. This is an audible original. Usually these are on the shorter side. That can explain why the romance had to go on fast forward.

  2. Aww Well dang. This sounded like it had good promise for a great story. Sorry it was anti-climatic.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one overall.


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