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A smart, modern novel about a woman trying to balance her career, her best friend, and falling in love without crashing and burning. Nicole Palmieri is married to her job. As a user experience designer at Virtuality, an artificial intelligence company in Los Angeles, Nicole is at her desk from sunrise to sunset. She doesn’t have time for a social life (or a love life), but A smart, modern novel about a woman trying to balance her career, her best friend, and falling in love without crashing and burning. Nicole Palmieri is married to her job. As a user experience designer at Virtuality, an artificial intelligence company in Los Angeles, Nicole is at her desk from sunrise to sunset. She doesn’t have time for a social life (or a love life), but that’s perfectly fine with her. Until her best friend, Parisa Shahin, announces her engagement and asks Nicole to be her maid of honor. That’s when Nicole decides to meticulously schedule out the next six months of her life—from her project due dates to her dress-fitting appointments to how many hours she plans to sleep each night. If she can stick to her schedule, she’ll balance everything fine. Of course, that’s a really big if. And after she crosses paths with emerging restaurateur Brandon Phelps, Nicole is feeling feelings she hasn’t felt in…well, ever. But scheduling time to fall in love might push even the most meticulous plans into pure chaos.


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A smart, modern novel about a woman trying to balance her career, her best friend, and falling in love without crashing and burning. Nicole Palmieri is married to her job. As a user experience designer at Virtuality, an artificial intelligence company in Los Angeles, Nicole is at her desk from sunrise to sunset. She doesn’t have time for a social life (or a love life), but A smart, modern novel about a woman trying to balance her career, her best friend, and falling in love without crashing and burning. Nicole Palmieri is married to her job. As a user experience designer at Virtuality, an artificial intelligence company in Los Angeles, Nicole is at her desk from sunrise to sunset. She doesn’t have time for a social life (or a love life), but that’s perfectly fine with her. Until her best friend, Parisa Shahin, announces her engagement and asks Nicole to be her maid of honor. That’s when Nicole decides to meticulously schedule out the next six months of her life—from her project due dates to her dress-fitting appointments to how many hours she plans to sleep each night. If she can stick to her schedule, she’ll balance everything fine. Of course, that’s a really big if. And after she crosses paths with emerging restaurateur Brandon Phelps, Nicole is feeling feelings she hasn’t felt in…well, ever. But scheduling time to fall in love might push even the most meticulous plans into pure chaos.

30 review for Life, Unscheduled

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    Life, Unscheduled is another book that I absolutely adored by Kristin Rockaway. I continue to fall in love with her books every time I read them! I will read anything by this author. Kristin's writing is so real and relatable and can gobble her stories up in just a few days. This story was amazing in which the main character Nicole struggles with work- life balance, identity issues, and different priorities. The love story between Brandon and Nicole is sexy and sweet but realistic. What I love m Life, Unscheduled is another book that I absolutely adored by Kristin Rockaway. I continue to fall in love with her books every time I read them! I will read anything by this author. Kristin's writing is so real and relatable and can gobble her stories up in just a few days. This story was amazing in which the main character Nicole struggles with work- life balance, identity issues, and different priorities. The love story between Brandon and Nicole is sexy and sweet but realistic. What I love most about Rockaway's books is the female friendships. They are written with so much strength and love. I absolutely love the dynamic between Nicole and Parissa. They both supported and challenged one another. Life got hard at times but this friendship always stood strong between the both of them. Such a wonderful read and I can't wait to see what Rockaway has coming next. 4.5/5 stars Pub date: 9/1/21 Published to GR: 9/6/21

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Webb

    3.25 stars An enjoyable palate cleanser. Life, Unscheduled has a relatively simple premise with just enough complexity. Nicole works for a large tech company. She is a workaholic who seeks validation through her job and productivity. She meticulously schedules tasks and uses her full calendar to stay in control of her life, or so she thinks. She is up for a promotion at work and is assigned to a big important project to prove herself, her best friend Parisa is getting married and asks Nicole to 3.25 stars An enjoyable palate cleanser. Life, Unscheduled has a relatively simple premise with just enough complexity. Nicole works for a large tech company. She is a workaholic who seeks validation through her job and productivity. She meticulously schedules tasks and uses her full calendar to stay in control of her life, or so she thinks. She is up for a promotion at work and is assigned to a big important project to prove herself, her best friend Parisa is getting married and asks Nicole to be the maid of honor, and she meets a guy she likes who has plans to move away. She has a lot of competing demands! The novel contains some drama, as Nicole tries to work through her priorities and ultimately runs into conflicts. She comes to some hard truths about who she and what she wants out of life. I liked the female friendship and chosen family aspects included. The main characters were developed pretty well. The book felt light enough, but also had some good messages about facing your feelings, standing up for yourself, and embracing the unknown. I found the book easy to read. However, there was some repetition, where it felt like the same type of events were happening again and again until Nicole and Parisa learned to make a change. The book did have a cute ending. Overall, Life, Unscheduled is a somewhat predictable, but pleasant read about finding joy and meaning in life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I tried, but only made it maybe 10% before I just don't care any more. Nicole is being exploited by a company that hasn't promoted her in five years despite obscene amounts of hard work and dedication—dedication that it expects as a matter of course from all of their employees. And I just don't buy it. A cult maybe. But burnout is a constant "feature" of a company like this one and those companies are never "the place to work" in whatever industry they inhabit. The fact Nicole is buying into the I tried, but only made it maybe 10% before I just don't care any more. Nicole is being exploited by a company that hasn't promoted her in five years despite obscene amounts of hard work and dedication—dedication that it expects as a matter of course from all of their employees. And I just don't buy it. A cult maybe. But burnout is a constant "feature" of a company like this one and those companies are never "the place to work" in whatever industry they inhabit. The fact Nicole is buying into the insanity is breaking all my sympathy with her. And I don't even care if it's a common feature in places like Silicon Valley or Houston or whatever. It isn't, but even if it were, I just don't have any respect for people who devote themselves, cult-like, to a company that obviously has no respect for them as people. And, just to add an extra layer of unreality to the mess, I'm being asked to buy a high-profile tech company where a well-known and highly capable female with a track record of success is passed over for promotions in favor of some white guy named Charles? Yeah, that's not a thing that can happen in this day and age. Companies with enough of a profile to find themselves subject to magazine articles or news reports are dying to up their female-male ratio, particularly in higher positions. Every one of those companies is aware of public scrutiny regarding women in STEM and would love to have as many cases as they can lay their hands on of how they're "not like that". And if that were all background, I'd roll with it as "give the story its premise". But it's the central feature of the book. All of the conflict is going to be Nicole trying to reconcile the demands of being a maid of honor with her insane workplace and the monkey-wrench thrown in by a love interest. And frankly, I don't want her to succeed. I mean, the story is probably that she won't because being a best friend is irreconcilable with a workplace that's all about "company over everything". And the fact she's bending into a pretzel already has me tired and I don't care if the message will eventually be "don't give your primary loyalty to jerks who don't care about you." I want her to quit right now, before the completely foreseeable crisis that finally prompts her to do the only reasonable thing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    Workaholic finds love I'll openly admit that I was hoping this would be more of a romance (given the Rockaway's other books), but it's definitely women's fiction with a side of (closed door) romance. Our heroine is the star, and the story is very much about her personal journey - coming to terms with the fact that her job has overtaken her life, and it's no longer healthy for her. While heavy subjects like alcoholism, addiction, and body image issues are discussed, the overall tone remains light Workaholic finds love I'll openly admit that I was hoping this would be more of a romance (given the Rockaway's other books), but it's definitely women's fiction with a side of (closed door) romance. Our heroine is the star, and the story is very much about her personal journey - coming to terms with the fact that her job has overtaken her life, and it's no longer healthy for her. While heavy subjects like alcoholism, addiction, and body image issues are discussed, the overall tone remains light and relatively low angst. I'll warn you now: Nicole's job is THE star of the show, with nearly every page devoted to her career. That's why this isn't getting 5 stars from me, and why I considered a lower rating. But this is well done women's fiction, with solid writing, an engaging (if a little slow) storyline, and enough romance to add in something extra. The story follows Nicole, a woman who thinks about her job from the time she gets up in the morning until the time she goes to sleep at night. She enjoys what she does and has made some friendships at work - and every one of her co-workers has the same kind of work schedule. Though Nicole's other friends have tried to tell her that she works too much, it's not until Nicole takes on the role of maid of honor for her best friend's wedding that it becomes obvious to her as well. And when Nicole meets a great guy, she realizes that she might miss out on something amazing if she sidelines their relationship for her work. The romance lover in me appreciated how integral Nicole's guy is to her personal growth - even if he's in the background for a lot of the book. Brandon is seriously the book boyfriend that dreams are made of: a perfectly swoony, sweet lumberjack. I personally would've loved a LOT more of them together, but this is more women's fiction than anything else. There are only a few PG kissing scenes and much of their relationship is glossed over in favor of Nicole's work. Which... yeah, not my favorite. This loses major points because it is SOOOO focused on Nicole's job. I loved the subtle storyline about addiction and unhealthy habits as much as the romantic element, and I think that could've been highlighted instead of so many scenes about her job. But that's also sort of the point of the book, so I get it. This one will be a win for women's fiction fans, or romance lovers who appreciate a slow burn and don't need the love story to be the star.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elle G.

    Life, Unscheduled by Kristin Rockaway is a cute chick lit read. I enjoyed the budding romance between Nicole and Brandon as well as the secondary storyline featuring her best friend’s wedding and all the antics that came with it. However, it got on my nerves watching Nicole put her work before everything else even though she had clearly been taken advantage of by her company. I get it. This happens and probably more frequently than we want to admit but seeing it over and over in a story becomes Life, Unscheduled by Kristin Rockaway is a cute chick lit read. I enjoyed the budding romance between Nicole and Brandon as well as the secondary storyline featuring her best friend’s wedding and all the antics that came with it. However, it got on my nerves watching Nicole put her work before everything else even though she had clearly been taken advantage of by her company. I get it. This happens and probably more frequently than we want to admit but seeing it over and over in a story becomes aggravating. That’s my personal opinion anyway. Other than this, I did enjoy the book and would certainly read another one by the author in the future. 𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sally Hanan

    This was okay. Very heavy on the workaholism plotline but a good message in it all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I originally didn't have Life, Unscheduled in my Kindle queue as of yet, but then something happened with a book that I was planning to read (the formatting was messed up), and decided to go for this one while waiting for the new file. I'm SO glad I did. Kristin Rockaway is now two-for-two with sweet and entertaining rom coms. (The other one I enjoyed is She's Faking It.) I haven't read her other novels yet, but now I want to even more! Nicole was a relatable character, even though our lives are I originally didn't have Life, Unscheduled in my Kindle queue as of yet, but then something happened with a book that I was planning to read (the formatting was messed up), and decided to go for this one while waiting for the new file. I'm SO glad I did. Kristin Rockaway is now two-for-two with sweet and entertaining rom coms. (The other one I enjoyed is She's Faking It.) I haven't read her other novels yet, but now I want to even more! Nicole was a relatable character, even though our lives are completely different. She was being pulled in so many different directions and I totally felt her stress. Some characters were just so frustrating and unlikable and I felt bad for Nicole for having to put up with them. She did not need that extra stress! I liked Brandon as the male romantic lead and his cabin-living lifestyle sounded so enticing and sexy. I also liked Nicole's best friend Parisa a lot. The story reminded me of Susie Schnall's The Balance Project paired with the office from Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. If you're looking for a fun and easy read that also has a lot of substance (and some valuable life lessons), definitely check this one out! Movie casting suggestions: Nicole: Victoria Pedretti Brandon: Josh Bowman Parisa: Nadia Mohebban Charles: Nicholas Braun Abigail: Sadie Sink Jon: Anders Holm

  8. 4 out of 5

    RedRedtheycallmeRed

    Nicole works for a Google-type place. She likes her job, but it seems to occupy most of her time. Most of her friends (save her BFF) work there too, so most of her social life revolves around her workplace. Mostly it seemed like Nicole was ok with her life, it was everyone else that had a problem with how much she worked. She meets a guy who promises her that he'll be understanding about her job, but then isn't. And of course it's on Nicole to fix things, not the guy who didn't want to compromis Nicole works for a Google-type place. She likes her job, but it seems to occupy most of her time. Most of her friends (save her BFF) work there too, so most of her social life revolves around her workplace. Mostly it seemed like Nicole was ok with her life, it was everyone else that had a problem with how much she worked. She meets a guy who promises her that he'll be understanding about her job, but then isn't. And of course it's on Nicole to fix things, not the guy who didn't want to compromise. There's an enjoyable subplot about Nicole's BFF and her over-the-top wedding, some of the antics and fights were entertaining. Honestly, I enjoyed those parts of the book the most.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Another book by Kristin Rockaway that I just adored! I am not a rom com reader but I will read anything Rockaway writes. Her writing is so real and relatable. I loved the characters in this book and found myself laughing and even crying as I could see easily see myself in their situations. Nicole is an overachiever who lives her life by her planner. She’s yearning for a promotion and tasked with a big project when her best friend calls her with news of her engagement and of course Nicole will be t Another book by Kristin Rockaway that I just adored! I am not a rom com reader but I will read anything Rockaway writes. Her writing is so real and relatable. I loved the characters in this book and found myself laughing and even crying as I could see easily see myself in their situations. Nicole is an overachiever who lives her life by her planner. She’s yearning for a promotion and tasked with a big project when her best friend calls her with news of her engagement and of course Nicole will be the maid of honor. Nicole tries to plan every single thing but as well all know there are some things you just can not plan for which forces Nicole to sit back and take a look at her life. This book was funny and real and I loved every word. Definitely put this on your tbr for June. Thanks to the author, Kristin Rockaway for my gifted copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Like all of Kristin's books, this novel made me want to travel, in this case to a secluded cabin in the mountains. This book contains another of her pitch-perfect send-ups of the tech worker life, too. I enjoyed how the pair of friends at the center of the story support each other. Just the light read I needed. Review copy received from the author who is, full disclosure, my friend. Like all of Kristin's books, this novel made me want to travel, in this case to a secluded cabin in the mountains. This book contains another of her pitch-perfect send-ups of the tech worker life, too. I enjoyed how the pair of friends at the center of the story support each other. Just the light read I needed. Review copy received from the author who is, full disclosure, my friend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Foster

    A nerdy read about a crazy hectic all consuming work life, unplanned chaos and impromptu changes for some happiness.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    I felt personally attacked by this story. The main character is a workaholic overachiever who stretches herself too thin and drops the ball on some things because it’s too hard to juggle it all. It was nice to see someone address their flaws and make positive changes and come out on top of them. Cute, quick read that hits close to home.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sujin P.

    Kristin Rockaway has a knack at writing compulsively readable books that I can pick up and finish in an entire weekend. I should also point out that I'm not a fast reader, so this says a lot about the prose and storytelling mastery of the author. Nicole was so relatable. In this digital age, it's so hard to prioritize obligations, and the stress and anxiety around juggling work, family and personal priorities is such a real thing that readers will be able to relate to. And as someone who has work Kristin Rockaway has a knack at writing compulsively readable books that I can pick up and finish in an entire weekend. I should also point out that I'm not a fast reader, so this says a lot about the prose and storytelling mastery of the author. Nicole was so relatable. In this digital age, it's so hard to prioritize obligations, and the stress and anxiety around juggling work, family and personal priorities is such a real thing that readers will be able to relate to. And as someone who has worked at a large global tech company, I can confirm that there's an expectation to be available 24/7. I loved the romance in this story...Brandon was a winner and I loved his chemistry with Nicole. Can't wait to read more books from this author!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    No regrets! So this was a dicey choice for me - I hate stress & have plenty of it in my life right now. I'm so far away from being a type A, I'm a type Z. The last thing I wanted to do was read about someone else's stress. But the book was said to be amusing, & most of the other prime options held little appeal, so I decided to go for it. Nicole is everything I've always aspired not to be. She's living her life for her job at a Google "work culture" type company - let's go, team! Blech. She's also No regrets! So this was a dicey choice for me - I hate stress & have plenty of it in my life right now. I'm so far away from being a type A, I'm a type Z. The last thing I wanted to do was read about someone else's stress. But the book was said to be amusing, & most of the other prime options held little appeal, so I decided to go for it. Nicole is everything I've always aspired not to be. She's living her life for her job at a Google "work culture" type company - let's go, team! Blech. She's also one of those people who doesn't know how to set healthy limits & because of her conflict avoidance frequently doesn't speak up when she should. I couldn't empathize with her much, & I hate doormats. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it thru to the end. We learn her mom's a case, now I'm a little more sympathetic. Parisa's sisters are a selfish nightmare & her mom's not much better - I would definitely have eloped. Brandon turned out to be promising though... And then the chatbox thing was pretty funny, & I found myself getting drawn in to the story. There were several plot points where I was ready to criticize, but then the author actually addressed them satisfactorily, so no spoilers. I actually ended up enjoying this quite a bit more than I thought I would. Some funny moments amidst the life stuff that keeps the tone from getting too down. I think it would have benefitted from being about 5 chapters shorter, but the author kept me reading, & the ending - though a smidge too pat - was satisfyingly happy. So overall, worth the time! POTENTIAL CONTENT ISSUES: Main couple has sex but there are no graphic details A bachelorette party with penis paraphernalia & male strippers Some secondary characters have a same sex hookup Minor swearing + 5 f-bombs Casual/trivial use of the Lord's Name (ie in vain) about 2 dozen times - 2 of those, sadly & unnecessarily, as curses

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aneta Bak

    This book was absolutely fantastic! The storyline was captivating and I fell in love with & could relate to all the characters. I can't wait to read more from this author. Nicole has found her dream job & is no married to her work. Late hours and working weekends are not a problem for Nicole, and now that she is up for a promotion and got assigned big project, Nicole is expected to live and breathe work for the next few months. At the same time Nicole's best friend is getting married, and has ask This book was absolutely fantastic! The storyline was captivating and I fell in love with & could relate to all the characters. I can't wait to read more from this author. Nicole has found her dream job & is no married to her work. Late hours and working weekends are not a problem for Nicole, and now that she is up for a promotion and got assigned big project, Nicole is expected to live and breathe work for the next few months. At the same time Nicole's best friend is getting married, and has asked Nicole to be the maid of honour, not to mention a cute guy has caught Nicole's attention. Nicole tries to stick to her master schedule but when things go wrong Nicole has to choose between work, her best friend and her new man. I loved this book so much! Nicole is an amazing character and I could relate to her so much, she really reminds me of my younger self back when I was in university trying to balance school, work and life. Her character development throughout the book is slow but boy is it amazing once you get there. I also fell in love with all the side characters as well, Nicole's best friend Parisa is hilarious and adorable, her character development is also very well written. And you can't help but root for Nicole and her love interest Brandon, they make a great couple and every scene with them made me very happy. This book had a great plot, it was moving at the right pace. The writing was great, the characters were great, the ending was great. Honestly it is the perfect feel good book, or the perfect summer read at the beach. The only thing that would make this book better would be if there was more of an "AHA" moment or a revelation at the end. I'm not saying there isn't one, because there is... but there were no big surprises and the book was slightly predictable. Overall, it was an amazing book and I highly recommend it to all hardworking and busy women who want a feel good cute read. I can't wait to read future books by this author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Good

    Thank you to the publisher for a free Kindle copy in exchange for my unbiased review! This book was neither very good nor very bad. I can really appreciate that the author’s writing was flowing and made sense~not jarring in any manner, realistic sounding conversations, the right amount and type of detail, situations which unfolded in a natural, somewhat entertaining at times manner. Sometimes as a reader, I forget just how hard this in itself can be to pull off, while managing an engaging storyli Thank you to the publisher for a free Kindle copy in exchange for my unbiased review! This book was neither very good nor very bad. I can really appreciate that the author’s writing was flowing and made sense~not jarring in any manner, realistic sounding conversations, the right amount and type of detail, situations which unfolded in a natural, somewhat entertaining at times manner. Sometimes as a reader, I forget just how hard this in itself can be to pull off, while managing an engaging storyline. There were surprises and a storyline which wasn’t utterly predictable~though somewhat~ but had some unexpected aspects. And it was interesting that she included some themes not always found in this type of light escapist genre, such as body image, alcoholic parents, controlling neurotic family, and corporate toxicity in a tech workplace (a main feature of the plot). But not really my cup of tea. I found the stresses (the main plots) of these privileged, gainfully employed well-paid young professionals to be SO shallow and neurotic! I realize the main character was trying to grow and learn about herself, but she just seemed so emotionally stunted and immature, even often stating how she couldn’t express any deep, real, thoughts nor feelings. The characters around her did not impress me either. Their woes, which formed the various storylines, were so, so #FirstWorldProblems. So, it lacked the fun, joy, effervescence or wit of some of the escapist romance or comfort type books I liked and hoped this would be…but by trying to have the characters dealing with real problems instead….it backfired for me as their problems were of those of the most shallow and affluent, and they seemed fairly unconscious with low emotional IQs. Side notes: -I enjoyed seeing the Westside of Los Angeles area references as I am from there. -Just FYI: There is zero sex in this novel…surprised me for this genre these day (some kissing & intimations of possible sex). -There is, however, LOTS of attention to good gourmet food, in some detail. Reading this book made me hungry MANY times! In summary, not a book I’d recommend to anyone, ever, but I wish the author well, and again thanks to the publisher for my free copy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Schorr

    This is my third book by Kristin Rockaway and while I thoroughly enjoyed the others, Life, Unscheduled is my favorite. It was just so damn relatable! The main character Nicole's struggle to fit everything into a tightly kept schedule, to have it all, and prioritizing based on what she thinks she wants/needs rather than what her heart is trying to tell her was so well done. It was romantic, funny, touching, and had a nice amount of depth. Great female friendship representation as well! This is my third book by Kristin Rockaway and while I thoroughly enjoyed the others, Life, Unscheduled is my favorite. It was just so damn relatable! The main character Nicole's struggle to fit everything into a tightly kept schedule, to have it all, and prioritizing based on what she thinks she wants/needs rather than what her heart is trying to tell her was so well done. It was romantic, funny, touching, and had a nice amount of depth. Great female friendship representation as well!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This book was so cute!! This is my third book by the author and I love her style. Her characters are always relatable women and I love how they’re all competent and successful too. There’s also a sweet little romance and an awesome female friendship between Nicole and her best friend Parisa and their support of each other was so cool. This also balanced light with some substance and was just overall a really fun read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Snyder

    This book is full of so many dumb clichés about being a millennial in the corporate world. If I had to read something like “hey, look at me. We’re not our parents, okay? We’re carving our own paths” one more time I was going to lose it. I tried to finish this because I hate not finishing books but it was horrendous. It was like reading the Instagram captions of the girl you hated in high school.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I got this book for free from Amazon First reads. It was predictable but that's why I read these quick books. Happy endings, hello! I got this book for free from Amazon First reads. It was predictable but that's why I read these quick books. Happy endings, hello!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sanders

    Life, Unscheduled I loved this book. I loved the characters and everything. I will recommend this book to everyone. This is just what I think about this book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pat Ferguson

    Such a true story This was an amazing book. Brought back memories and so many missed events. I think all career minded people should read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Chick lit is chick lit. It was ok. Hard for me to understand someone who sleeps at the office and thinks her work is the most important thing in life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    This was a nice surprise. Hit a bit home lol I was captivated and couldn’t put the book down.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This was such a wonderful book! It put to words many feelings I've previously had about work-life balance, identity, and juggling shifting priorities. Nicole is passionate about her job. Working for top-tier tech company Virtuality is the bedrock of her life, both professionally and socially. But she's still fine-tuning how much her job should get to dominate her personal life. She's been assigned a huge project at work that could put her on the path to promotion--a long-desired achievement. At This was such a wonderful book! It put to words many feelings I've previously had about work-life balance, identity, and juggling shifting priorities. Nicole is passionate about her job. Working for top-tier tech company Virtuality is the bedrock of her life, both professionally and socially. But she's still fine-tuning how much her job should get to dominate her personal life. She's been assigned a huge project at work that could put her on the path to promotion--a long-desired achievement. At the same time, she's agreed to be maid of honor in her best friend's wedding--a role that comes with big responsibilities. When she meets Brandon, the complications of falling in love, on top of everything else, almost seem like too much. Brandon plans to soon move a couple of hours away. Their relationship might be doomed... Is a romance even worth it? Especially in these times when we're often expected to hustle non-stop, this story is super relatable. The love story is sexy and tender but also realistic. Nicole's work ethic and goals will also resonate with readers. One thing I love about Kristin Rockaway books: the female friendships. They are written with so much strength and heart! I loved how Nicole and Parisa supported and challenged each other. Nicole may have struggled with juggling her various priorities, but she never lost sight of how important her friendship with Parisa was. And on the occasions when Nicole dropped the ball or made a mistake, Parisa understood and was quick to forgive. Neither one expected the other to be perfect or constantly at their beck and call. They were always there for each other when it counted.  Another great read from Rockaway!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I love this book! I related so much (perhaps a little too much) to Nicole, the overachieving protagonist who lives and dies by her meticulously planned schedule. As Nicole angles for a promotion, she has to juggle maid of honor duties for her best friend’s wedding and a fledgling romance—all of which forces her to confront whether her over-scheduled life and prestigious job are what she really wants for herself. Smart, funny, and fast-paced, LIFE, UNSCHEDULED is thoroughly entertaining and kept I love this book! I related so much (perhaps a little too much) to Nicole, the overachieving protagonist who lives and dies by her meticulously planned schedule. As Nicole angles for a promotion, she has to juggle maid of honor duties for her best friend’s wedding and a fledgling romance—all of which forces her to confront whether her over-scheduled life and prestigious job are what she really wants for herself. Smart, funny, and fast-paced, LIFE, UNSCHEDULED is thoroughly entertaining and kept me glued from start to finish!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Is it just a job or is it her whole life? The main character works for a tech company, which is where she eats, drinks, sleeps, showers, plays, and lives for her work. One day her best friend gets engaged and the main characters life changes forever. I wasn't sure what to expect from this story, but I was amazed at how the author put into words how the main character was getting burned out because the company she worked for was her whole life and her priority. The characters are realistic and not Is it just a job or is it her whole life? The main character works for a tech company, which is where she eats, drinks, sleeps, showers, plays, and lives for her work. One day her best friend gets engaged and the main characters life changes forever. I wasn't sure what to expect from this story, but I was amazed at how the author put into words how the main character was getting burned out because the company she worked for was her whole life and her priority. The characters are realistic and not one dimensional. The story is engaging and very readable, I almost couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading other stories from this author. You should read this story. The main character works for a tech company, which is where she eats, drinks, sleeps, showers, plays, and lives for her work. One day her best friend gets engaged and the main characters life changes forever. I wasn't sure what to expect from this story, but I was amazed at how the author put into words how the main character was getting burned out because the company she worked for was her life. The characters are realistic and not one dimensional. I look forward to reading other stories from this authorThe main character works for a tech company, which is where she eats, drinks, sleeps, showers, plays, and lives for her work. One day her best friend gets engaged and the main characters life changes forever. I wasn't sure what to expect from this story, but I was amazed at how the author put into words how the main character was getting burned out because the company she worked for was her whole life and her priority. The characters are realistic and not one dimensional. The story is engaging and very readable, I almost couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading other stories from this author. You should read this story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I chose this book as my Amazon First Reads selection for August and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed this book a lot. Nicole Palmieri is a workaholic at a tech company in CA. She is trying to get promoted and schedules every hour of her day down to the minute. Then her best friend Parisa gets engaged and asks her to be her maid of honor over her 2 overbearing loud sisters. And she meets a guy that she likes, Brandon. Nicole is the daughter of an alcoholic and so she rarely drinks and when she does, I chose this book as my Amazon First Reads selection for August and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed this book a lot. Nicole Palmieri is a workaholic at a tech company in CA. She is trying to get promoted and schedules every hour of her day down to the minute. Then her best friend Parisa gets engaged and asks her to be her maid of honor over her 2 overbearing loud sisters. And she meets a guy that she likes, Brandon. Nicole is the daughter of an alcoholic and so she rarely drinks and when she does, she goes overboard. She tries to take on too much at one time so she eventually has to prioritize what makes her most happy. While planning her best friend's Bachelorette weekend in Vegas, and meeting her goals for a project she got herself attached to in order to be up for a promotion. She goes as far as all nighters at work and keeping a toiletry kit and change of clothes at work. And for what? The romance was sweet but not the focal point of the book, which was refreshing. This book is mostly about Nicole trying to achieve a work life balance with her history as a daughter of an alcoholic and work on her mental health. There were a lot of fun wedding related scenes along the way to balance out the serious parts. The only thing that annoyed me was Nicole's insistence that she loved working at a company that didn't value her outside her work function. The sexiness factor was slightly low was it was a fade to black scene. However I enjoyed this book a lot, especially the friendship between Nicole and Parisa. 4.5/5☆

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    A story about friendship, romance, and balance - and trading external validation for happiness. The main character, Nicole, is a designer at a software company that expects extreme dedication, and she's finally up for a promotion. Her best friend is getting married, and Nicole is the maid of honor. And she has just met an amazing guy. Fortunately, she's used to living a life that's scheduled down to the minute - but when everyone needs her at exactly the same time, she has to decide what is truly A story about friendship, romance, and balance - and trading external validation for happiness. The main character, Nicole, is a designer at a software company that expects extreme dedication, and she's finally up for a promotion. Her best friend is getting married, and Nicole is the maid of honor. And she has just met an amazing guy. Fortunately, she's used to living a life that's scheduled down to the minute - but when everyone needs her at exactly the same time, she has to decide what is truly important. I enjoyed reading this book. The main character felt like a real person, and the secondary characters were well-drawn. The world of the story felt real and three-dimensional, and Nicole's decisions felt appropriately weighty and difficult. I wasn't crazy about the love story. The connection between Nicole and her new boyfriend seemed very superficial; the two characters had distinct personalities but it wasn't clear to me why they were drawn to each other. (view spoiler)[The timetable of the story demands that their relationship become very serious within a few months of sporadic dating, and when - four months after their first meeting - he ended their relationship because she wouldn't bail on a major work obligation in favor of his work event, I was really not on his / their side. (hide spoiler)] However, the book is well-written and engaging throughout, and the ending is both fulfilling and sweet.

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