The Fixer Upper (Paperback)
Ever since she can remember, Aly has been fixing everything around her: her parents’ marriage, her colleagues’ work problems, and her friends’ love lives are just a few examples. After a chance meeting with an ex who has gone from living in his parents’ basement to being a married project manager in three years, she realizes she’s been fixing her boyfriends, too....
So, Aly decides to put her talents to good use and, alongside two work friends, sets up the Fixer Upper, an exclusive, underground service for women who are tired of unpaid emotional labor. Using little tricks and tips, Aly and her friends get the men to do the work themselves—to get out of the job they hate, sign up for that growth seminar, do more parenting. Before long, a high-profile Instagram star hires them to fix up her app developer boyfriend. There’s just one catch—he’s also Aly’s childhood best friend and first love. As Aly tackles her biggest “fixer upper” yet, she’ll have to come to terms with their complicated history and figure out how much to change someone she’d always thought was perfect as he is....
One of New York Post's Best New Book Releases
One of Bookstr's Predicted Viral Romances for August
"This is for all the women who realize halfway through a long-term relationship that they’ve been carrying the entire weight of the emotional baggage. I can already tell you that people are going to relate to Aly’s storyline and can already see fans calling for a Netflix adaptation!” —Bookstr
"If you've got a problem, including a boyfriend in need of some serious motivation to change his life, Lauren Forsythe's The Fixer Upper is sure to give you some inspiration." —PopSugar
"There’s a lot to love about Lauren Forsythe’s latest foray into romantic, humorous women’s fiction. . . . The Fixer Upper has rom-com screenplay written all over it." —Reader's Digest
"Forsythe displays quite a talent for dialogue in this engaging novel. . . . An empowering story about self-worth all women should read." —Booklist
"Walking the line between rom-com and tale of self-discovery, Forsythe’s debut delights with sure-footed plotting and an endearing cast. . . Charming characters and quick wit make for a fun, breezy romp. . . [The] primary focus here is on Aly learning to love herself enough to stop putting everyone else’s needs before her own. It’s entertaining [and] readers looking for a smart, empowering blend of romance and women’s fiction are sure to be pleased." —Publishers Weekly
"Forsythe understands the contemporary romance genre and writes with confidence. With likable characters and good pacing, this debut novel offers a great second-chance romance." —Library Journal
"Aly’s desire to stop being a people-pleaser and start working on herself is relatable, and her journey to personal fulfillment follows a satisfying arc. . . . A pleasant [look] at the importance of taking responsibility for your own happiness." —Kirkus Reviews
"By turns witty and tender, observant and heart wrenchingly romantic in a thoroughly modern way. I will be thinking about it for a long time to come." —Jenny Bayliss, author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas
"A wry, modern take on a rom-com, as funny and fierce as it is clever and warm." —Abigail Mann, author of The Wedding Crasher
"A fun, fast read. A sweet childhood-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy that I could totally see being a movie!" —Abby Jimenez, author of The Friend Zone