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In a Not So Perfect World: A Novel by Neely Tubati-Alexander (Paperback)

In a Not So Perfect World: A Novel by Neely Tubati-Alexander (Paperback)

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Fiction - Romance - Contemporary - Romantic Comedy


“Tubati Alexander is a writer to watch!” —Emily Giffin

A She Reads and Zibby Mag Most Anticipated Book of 2024

The author of Love Buzz follows her acclaimed first novel with a delightful Caribbean-set romp about an ambitious designer of apocalyptic video games with a strategy for (almost) everything who discovers what happens when her best-laid plans go off course . . .

Sloane Cooper is up for her dream job as a designer for a top video game company. During the interview, though, she somehow promises the all-male panel that she’ll remain single and fully dedicated to the work. It’s actually fine—after her last boyfriend cheated on her, she vowed to focus on her career anyway.

Enter Charlie, aka Hot Neighbor Guy, a near-stranger who shocks her with the offer of an all-inclusive trip to a Turks and Caicos resort. The catch? Charlie originally planned the trip with his ex, and asks Sloane to pose as his new girlfriend to make his old flame come running back. Against her better judgment, Sloane says yes; she can use the time away to develop a game design that will dazzle the Catapult team and get her a job offer.

Despite sparks flying in paradise, the trip can’t lead to more. As their connection deepens, Sloane is reminded that she can’t fall for Charlie and get knocked off her professional path. Besides, he’s trying to win back his true love.

Can Sloane figure out a way to move past heartbreak, land the job of her dreams, and avoid catching feelings? The zombie apocalypse would be easier to solve—at least she’s prepared for that.


Neely Tubati Alexander is originally from the Seattle area and resides in Arizona with her husband and children. Her debut novel, Love Buzz, won the Zibby Award for Best Beach Read and was hailed by Good Morning America as "the perfect escapist read . . . absolutely delightful," and Booklist declared her "an exciting new romance writer."

"Broken hearts, hot next-door neighbors, and spontaneous vacations animate this enchanting rom-com. . . . Tubati Alexander paces their relationship development perfectly, making their connection feel honest and credible. This is one to be savored." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A stellar romance rich in voice, humor, and expressive writing. A must-read for those who enjoy novels like Emily Henry's People We Meet on Vacation." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Tubati Alexander proves herself a master of the slow burn as Sloane and Charlie try to fight the feelings they have for each other. Their chemistry leaps off the page, and the tropical beach setting is delightfully romantic while leading to funny moments like a scavenger hunt with other resort guests. . . . A perfectly escapist rom-com." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Funny and sweet. . . the perfect beach read, with a unique gamer flair." -- Booklist

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