In a Not So Perfect World

A Novel

by Neely Tubati Alexander

On Sale: 03/19/2024

In a Not So Perfect World

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In a Not So Perfect World

A Novel

by Neely Tubati Alexander

On Sale: 03/19/2024


About the Book

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

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.

Critical Praise

"In a Not So Perfect World is a stunningly addictive love story of self-discovery. Brimming with wit and heart, Alexander’s talent sings on every page!" — Amy Lea, international bestselling author of Exes And O's

In A Not So Perfect World is that fantastic mix of smart writing, fun twists, and fate. Neely’s voice is just perfect — reading anything she writes feels like listening to a fantastic story from a best friend. She perfectly portrays the plot twists of life: career shifts, discovering who we really are, and realizing who we need beside us to be our best selves. A truly fun, thought-provoking, coming-of-age read with nods to feminism, In A Not So Perfect World may be the perfect thing to read while inhabiting our own imperfect worlds.” — Zibby Owens, author of Blank and Bookends and host of the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

"In a Not So Perfect World by Neely Tubati Alexander was a delight from start to finish. Sloane and Charlie were an easy couple to root for, and it was fun to watch them go from wary traveling companions faking a connection to two people who really understood each other. When I reread this book, let it be on a beautiful tropical beach, please!"  — Alicia Thompson, USA Today bestselling author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers

Praise for Love Buzz “For anyone who has ever gritted their teeth through a bachelorette weekend, Love Buzz is the perfect escapist read. . . . A journey into identity, love, fate, and determination, Love Buzz is absolutely delightful.”  — Good Morning America on Love Buzz

"An exciting debut novel."  Pure Wow, "Best Beach Reads of Summer"

"Love Buzz offers readers a delightful story sure to spark moments of thoughtfulness and joy as Serena seeks a life crafted for—and by—herself, which just might include the very charming man she must find again." — Shelf Awareness

“[An] outstanding debut. . . . Readers will be swept away. . . . Alexander's inclusive representation of diverse backgrounds and sexual identities in lovingly crafted characters with rich and unique personalities is truly impressive. Readers will hope for more from this exciting new romance writer.” — Booklist (starred review)

“A charming debut. . . . Endearing side characters that readers won’t get enough of round out this moving tale of embracing life’s imperfections. Tubati-Alexander will win plenty of fans with this.” — Publishers Weekly

"Growth, change, and a little bit of luck are at the center of Alexander's romantic debut... well-written... emotionally satisfying... Will appeal to romance readers who like their books with a hefty dose of personal growth and women's fiction aficionados seeking a happily-ever-after." — Library Journal

"A sparkling debut about grief, love, family, and the road not taken. Neely Alexander asks readers to consider what happens when you open closed doors and step through to the adventure on the other side. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next." — Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The Rewind and Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

"Love Buzz is a delightful love potion you'll want to drink in one gulp. Warm, tender, and life-affirming, a reminder that chasing love is the most worthwhile pursuit." — Taylor Hahn, author of The Lifestyle


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063377103
  • ISBN 10: 0063377101
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 03/19/2024
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:37.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Contemporary Women

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