The Plus One by Sarah Archer

A brilliant but socially inept robotics engineer builds her own wedding date–and learns more about love than she ever expected–in this hilarious and heartwarming debut novel. (Amazon)

The Plus One

by Sarah Archer


Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 2nd 2019

The Plus One – Sarah Archer

The Plus One – Sarah Archer



This is going to be short review. Since I don’t have much to say about this book. But I should start with saying that not every debut novel this year is working out for me.

I really loved the premise of the story. BUT….

It’s not easy to fall in love with a robot. A character, even a robot, needs personality, some kind of personality, humor, sarcasm or just plain weirdness. But it needs something I can identify him with. Being just a robot is not enough. And that was part of the issue.

Not being able to fall in love with the hero is one thing, not caring for the heroine is something altogether different.

The female character has to be likable since she often carries the overall story. It’s hard to connect with her if she is being stereotyped (socially awkward, and nerdy) and turns out to be just plain uninteresting. I’ve read quite a few books about socially awkward characters, Eleanor, OVE, Don – they all were expectational characters because the authors were dedicated on making them different but still relatable.

Nevertheless Kelly grew as a person throughout the book, which was something that gave the story depth and meaning. Because even though I loved the idea of the premise, it turned out to be a bit more unrealistic and strange than expected. And yes, the outcome was predictable, because Ethan was a robot, it can only end one way!!!

What I ended up enjoying the most about this book was Kelly’s family, their interactions and love for each other. That also confirmed that the author has potential. I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up next.


ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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The Plus One – Sarah Archer



The Plus One - Sarah ArcherA hilarious and heartwarming debut novel about a brilliant but socially inept robotics engineer who builds her own wedding date to her sister’s wedding, and learns more about love than she ever expected.

Meet Kelly. Twenty-nine, valedictorian, and a brilliant robotics engineer to boot. While her professional life is on the rise, her personal life is struggling to get off the ground.

With her sister’s wedding looming and her attempts to find a date becoming increasingly cringe-worthy, Kelly does the only logical thing: she builds her own boyfriend, if only to get her mom off her back about being perpetually single. Kelly planned to pass off her robotic masterpiece, Ethan, as her other half just until the wedding. But then she can’t resist keeping him around even after the “I do’s.”

Ethan is just too perfect–gorgeous, attentive, smart (he does have Google for a brain), all topped off by a mechanical heart endlessly devoted to her. When Kelly is with him, she becomes a more confident, spontaneous version of herself. Plus, for the first time, her mother is actually proud of her.

But as the struggle to keep Ethan’s true identity a secret threatens to detonate the career Kelly has worked so hard for, she knows she has to kiss her toy boy goodbye.

There’s just one problem: she’s falling for him.



Sarah Archer is a Black List Screenwriting Mini-Lab fellow who has had material produced for Comedy Central and published short stories and poetry in numerous literary magazines. After living in Los Angeles, where she worked in literary management and development on projects including House, Concussion, Roots, and Girls Trip, she currently lives in Brooklyn.

The Plus One is her debut novel




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