Polly is a struggling photographer in the city life of NYC. Due to consistently scraping money together for food and rent, Polly decides to broaden her horizons on the career little – for a little while at least – and lands herself a job in a small and quite dodgy dating agency. When the camera is down, Polly will be spending her time creating dating profiles for her clients and bagging them a date with their perfect match.
When Polly is assigned to go undercover and check out the competition, she is hesitant about going ahead with it, however does so to make a good impression on her new boss. The owner of their competition, Olly, is a man who definitely doesn’t shy away from the female attention, nor does he even have the choice and much to Polly’s dismay, she has joined the other women, finding herself falling for him the more they get to know one another.
It’s safe to say that Zoe has become one of my favourite authors ever since I was introduced to her previous books ‘How (NOT) To Date A Prince’ and ‘Perfect Match’ last year. Her stories are always so fun and light-hearted, leaving you feeling all warm and happy inside afterwards. Like all of Zoe’s female leads, I felt that Polly was an extremely relatable character trying to make it in the world and catch her big break. She is an extremely likeable character that you will root for from start to finish, whether that be with her photography career, her love life or both. I loved seeing the inside of a dating agency, where Polly sort of ‘catfished’ her clients in order to find the right match for them. I think that would be a pretty fun job to get involved with, mix and matching people until you find the perfect partner for them – I could totally do that! What I loved the most though, is one of the plot twists was part of Polly talking to someone as her client and I kind of saw it coming before it happened, but that didn’t stop me from getting really giddy when I finally got to that moment!
Polly and Olly have an adoring type of chemistry between the two of them, and I would love to think the big age gap has something to do with that. Sure they aren’t exactly two people I would immediately put together, but the more you read, the more you realise how perfect they are for each other. Olly is a very typical ladies man, who doesn’t have much originality when it comes to taking them out on a date, it’s always the same same – literally. However, there is something about Polly that makes him want a change away from the dating world and in the end his gesture is forgiving.
I loved the fact that the book was based in New York, as it is one of my most favourite places in the entire world and I can finally say that I’m going for the first time ever this year, eek!! Reading all about Polly’s time there and walking the streets with her has gotten me even more excited for my holiday there and I felt again, she was relatable in which it is her dream to live there permanently, as that had been my dream since about eight years old.
If you’re looking for a light and fun read filled with love and some slight twists, ‘When Polly Met Olly’ is the perfect read and I highly recommend you also read all of Zoe’s other books while you’re at it!