Book Review: The Matchmaker’s List

The Matchmaker’s List By Sonya Lalli

One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it

Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…

As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dreams.

I have mixed feelings about The Matchmaker’s List. It had the potential to be sweet and funny and I was interested to read this multicultural romance.
However, I didn’t bond with the main character, Raina. Her grandparents were amazing, but I found Raina too neurotic, self-centered, and I felt uncomfortable with the lies she told. It wasn’t just that she was lying but that she was incredibly insensitive with her lies in a way this is not OK and was, in fact, insensitive to the LBGTQ community.
Unfortunately, that has completely influenced my opinion of the book.
Thank you to the publisher for a review copy of this book.
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