You, Again: A Novel (Paperback)
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Can they stop hating each other long enough to fall in love?
A commitment-phobe and a hopeless romantic clash over and over again—until heartbreak and unexpected chemistry bring them together in this clever enemies-to-friends-to-lovers debut romance.
“Fresh, witty, and utterly romantic.”—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
When Ari and Josh first meet, the wrong kind of sparks fly. They hate each other. Instantly.
A free-spirited, struggling comedian who likes to keep things casual, Ari sublets, takes gigs, and she never sleeps over after hooking up. Born-and-bred Manhattanite Josh has ambitious plans: Take the culinary world by storm, find The One, and make her breakfast in his spotless kitchen. They have absolutely nothing in common . . . except that they happen to be sleeping with the same woman.
Ari and Josh never expect their paths to cross again. But years later, as they’re both reeling from ego-bruising breakups, a chance encounter leads to a surprising connection: friendship. Turns out, spending time with your former nemesis is fun when you’re too sad to hate each other—and too sad for hate sex.
As friends-without-benefits, they find comfort in late-night Netflix binges, swiping through each other’s online dating profiles, and bickering across boroughs. It’s better than romance. Until one night, the unspoken boundaries of their platonic relationship begin to blur. . . .
With sharp observations and sizzling chemistry, You, Again explores the dynamics of co-ed friendship in this sparkling romantic comedy of modern love in all its forms.
About the Author
Kate Goldbeck grew up in a literal village and dreamed of living in New York, even though her parents warned her that the apartments on Friends were not realistic. In college, she studied film and art history—limiting her employment prospects to “film museum.” Since earning a master’s degree at an engineering school, she’s designed award-winning museum exhibits and immersive experiences all over the world. She adores bantering with her partner, falling asleep to British audiobook narrators, and scratching dogs behind the ears.
“This is a ‘When Harry Met Sally’ retelling that spotlights two enemies-turned-friends-turned-lovers over the course of a decade in New York City. It’s raunchy and lovable and laugh-out-loud funny. We just know this is going to be a huge hit.”—USA Today
“This is a romance sung in perfect pitch! A spectacular debut!”—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling authors of The Unhoneymooners
“If the cover alone isn’t enough to hook you already—When Harry Met Sally vibes blended with that absolutely perfect aesthetic for the autumn season—then perhaps the conceit of Goldbeck’s debut romance will achieve the rest . . . this book is not afraid to embrace the steam to its betterment, while also offering a more modern, slightly angstier, and refreshingly welcome take on the classic rom-com. There’s no doubt in our minds that Nora Ephron herself would approve.”—Paste Magazine
“You, Again is a knockout. Ari and Josh are my favorite type of couple—funny, flawed, and complicated, with prickly exteriors hiding tender hearts. I’ll be first in line for anything Kate Goldbeck writes from now on.”—Ava Wilder, author of How to Fake It in Hollywood and Will They or Won’t They
“You, Again reads like a modern rom-com classic in the making, and Kate Goldbeck is my newest auto-buy author—what a voice! I’ve never read anything like it. This book is raw and sexy and radically vulnerable, and I’m already desperately missing Ari and Josh.”—Rachel Lynn Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of Weather Girl and The Ex Talk
“Kate Goldbeck’s You, Again is one of those special, singular books you wish you could read for the first time again and again. It’s funny and sharp, crackling with wit and chemistry, a clever homage to all the best parts of romantic comedies while making them feel new.”—Alicia Thompson, bestselling author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers
“Equal parts a studied homage and decisively modern, Kate Goldbeck debuts with a masterclass in banter. This is a luxurious contemporary romance to savor. Every character is as sexy as they are gloriously messy. I’m officially a fan and can’t wait to see what Kate does next!”—Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate
“The humor is sharp, the dialogue is equal parts poignant and fun, and the romance will make you giddy.”—Tarah DeWitt, author of Funny Feelings
“Not your average romantic comedy. Ari and Josh’s love story is raw, chaotic, unconventional, very funny, and very sexy. An edgy, modern, slow-burn love story, with nipple piercings.”—Georgia Clark, author of It Had to Be You
“Opposites become enemies and then friends and finally lovers in this delightful, trope-filled contemporary romance debut. This debut romance ticks all the boxes of a must-read, with plenty of bite giving it edge.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The influence of When Harry Met Sally is clear, with Goldbeck updating the classic for the modern day. The result is witty, emotional, and deeply romantic.”—Publishers Weekly
“A slow-burn homage to When Harry Met Sally . . .”—Booklist