Love at First Like: A Novel (Paperback)

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If you set aside the moral wishy-washy-ness of the premise of Love at First Like, you'll end up thoroughly enjoying Hannah Orenstein's sophomore novel. 

Eliza has the life she's always dreamed about: she has a lovely apartment in a trendy (if not Urban Outfitter's type) neighborhood in NYC, a business that she's truly passionate about, and a standing Thursday night Happy Hour with her bestie Carmen. The only thing missing in her life is romance - and that's mildly problematic because Eliza is in the business of selling romance: she's the proud owner of a jewelry shop and engagement rings are her bread and butter. 

When an ex-lover posts to Instagram that he's finally found "The One," Eliza finds herself upset with a bottle of whiskey and a slew of wedding rings at her fingertips. In a confused daze, Eliza posts an engagement photo of her own - only there's no groom in sight. What follows is an ambitious plan to save her company - and her love life. As a reader, you'll find yourself cheering on Eliza's plan while also cringing ever-so-slightly. 

The novel is a whirlwind romance, one that I couldn't put down. Will Blake be The One? They're perfect on paper, they'd make a power couple in the jewelry business, and there's no denying that there's a slowly-growing passion. But is it enough? And could he possibly forgive Eliza for the oh-so-slight lie that she's withholding: she's already planned the wedding as a promotional stunt to save her business. 

Love at First Like explores what's behind the Instagram post, how far people will go to promote their own happiness, and the joy of finding love in the most unexpected places. This book is the perfect read for people who enjoyed Camille Perri's The Assistants, Courtney Maum's Touch, or Cecelia Ahern's PS I Love You.

— Shelly Walston


Named a Best Book of Summer by Glamour, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, and many more!

From the author of Playing with Matches, the rollicking tale of a young jewelry shop owner who accidentally leads her Instagram followers to believe that she’s engaged—and then decides to keep up the ruse.

Eliza Roth and her sister Sophie co-own a jewelry shop in Brooklyn. One night, after learning of an ex’s engagement, Eliza accidentally posts a photo of herself wearing a diamond ring on that finger to her Instagram account beloved by 100,000 followers. Sales skyrocket, press rolls in, and Eliza learns that her personal life is good for business. So she has a choice: continue the ruse or clear up the misunderstanding. With mounting financial pressure, Eliza sets off to find a fake fiancé.

Fellow entrepreneur Blake seems like the perfect match on paper. And in real life he shows promise, too. He would be perfect, if only Eliza didn’t feel also drawn to someone else. But Blake doesn’t know Eliza is “engaged”; Sophie asks Eliza for an impossible sum of money; and Eliza’s lies start to spiral out of control. She can either stay engaged online or fall in love in real life.

Written with singular charm and style, Love at First Like is for anyone growing up and settling down in the digital age.

About the Author

Hannah Orenstein is the author of Playing with Matches and Love at First Like, and is the senior dating editor at Elite Daily. Previously, she was a writer and editor at She lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For…

"Strikes a powerful chord."
The Washington Post

"Full of charm, whimsy, and giddy romantic tension."

"Love at First Like is a fun romance with a digital twist. Hannah Orenstein proves that even though we present our lives through screens, it's important to live life unfiltered in the real world."
—Associated Press

"This glittering gem of a novel is a wise and witty take on family, ambition, and modern love." 
—Andrea Dunlop, author of We Came to Forget

"Playing with Matches author Hannah Orenstein . . . returns to the world of rom-coms with a delightful story"

"Hannah Orenstein has really captured the pressures of relationships in the social media era."

"Quick, witty, and compulsively readable . . . an ideal summer read.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Orenstein's (Playing with Matches, 2018) thoroughly modern rom-com is a delightful farce. With the gumption of Sophie Kinsella's Becky Bloomwood and the social aspirations of William Thackeray's Becky Sharp, Eliza is a frustrating, adorable, relatable heroine. Fans of the Shopaholic series will enjoy the ups and downs of Eliza's mission to save her store and her love life.”

"There is no one who writes about modern relationships with more humor or insight than Hannah Orenstein. Love at First Like is a delight.”
—Dana Schwartz, author of Choose Your Own Disaster

"This frothy read will be a hit for fans of both Orenstein’s first novel and books by Christina Lauren.”
—Library Journal

“This appealing rom-com . . . smartly reveals the tremendous impact social media can have on someone . . . . Orenstein keeps the plot snappy and funny as the clock ticks down. Fans of romantic comedies where the characters discover what is most important in life will adore this one.”
Publishers Weekly

"Orenstein's second novel has all the charm of her debut novel, but with absolutely alluring writing, more nuanced plots and captivating characters."
DC Refined

“If you’re feeling pressured to commit, read Love at First Like… If seeing couple pics all over Instagram makes you want to throw your phone into the ocean, look no further than the story of Eliza, an influencer who mistakenly leads her followers to believe she’s engaged.”

Elite Daily

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982117795
ISBN-10: 1982117796
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
Pages: 336