You, Again: A Novel
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “This gender-swapped When Harry Met Sally retelling is for anyone who craves romance novels with realistic and flawed characters. Ari and Josh circle each other for years in the kind of delicious, slow-burn tension that only comes from a well-executed enemies-to-friends-to-lovers arc.”—NPR
“Fresh, witty, and utterly romantic.”—Ali Hazelwood, author of The Love Hypothesis
A NPR AND GLAMOUR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Can they stop hating each other long enough to fall in love?
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.
Praise for You, Again: A Novel
“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.”—USA Today
“This gender-swapped When Harry Met Sally retelling is for anyone who craves romance novels with realistic and flawed characters.”—NPR, “Books We Love in 2023”
“[Kate] Goldbeck . . . upends gender norms [and] approaches the love story here with a frankness that hallmarks many of the norms and challenges of millennial dating. . . . Much of that is welcome, whether it be the wider range of sexual identities on display or the multicultural make-up of the cast of characters that feels distinctly more like the reality of a bustling metropolis.”—Entertainment Weekly, “Our Favorite 2023 Fall Romance Novels”
“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 . . . 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
“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
“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
“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
“An edgy, modern, slow-burn love story, with nipple piercings.”—Georgia Clark, author of It Had to Be You
“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