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Article  •  4 March 2024


If you liked This Time It’s Real, you’ll love Ann Liang’s new book

Learn more about Ann Liang’s new book, I Hope This Doesn’t Find You.

Since it was published in February 2023, Ann Liang’s hilarious romcom This Time It’s Real, has gained a following of loyal fans. With heaps of fabulous reviews, it’s clear that readers adore Liang’s writing. From her relatable characters to the way she portrays family relationships, readers just can’t get enough.

‘There are so many perfect scenes,’ wrote one Goodreads reviewer, Mitra, ‘their love made me smile so much . . . I was screaming into my pillow half the time.’

To find a book that compares has been a challenge – until now, that is.

Liang’s newest novel,  I Hope This Doesn’t Find You, is the perfect way to satisfy your craving for more books like This Time It’s Real. Read on to discover how the two books compare and learn more about the new novel.

Similarities between the books

  • Classic rom-com vibe
  • Fabulous characters
  • Academic themes/settings

Differences between the books

  • I Hope This Doesn’t Find You is more of an ‘enemies to lovers’ trope, versus the ‘faking dating’ trope from This Time It’s Real.
  • I Hope This Doesn’t Find You features classmate romance, while This Time It’s Real features celebrity romance.

I Hope This Doesn’t Find You details

Book description

Unforgettable, snarky and romantic, I Hope This Doesn't Find You is Never Have I Ever meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before if Lara Jean wrote hate emails instead of love letters.

Sadie Wen is perfect on paper: school captain, valedictorian, and a "pleasure to have in class." It’s not easy, but she has a trick to keep her model-student smile plastered on her face at all times: she channels all her frustrations into her email drafts. She'd never send them of course - she'd rather die than hurt anyone's feelings - but it's a relief to let loose on her power-hungry English teacher or a freeloading classmate taking credit for Sadie's work.

All her most vehemently worded emails are directed at her infuriating cocaptain, Julius Gong, whose arrogance and competitive streak have irked Sadie since they were kids. "You're attention starved and self-obsessed and unbearably vain . . . I really hope your comb breaks and you run out of whatever expensive hair products you've been using to make your hair appear deceptively soft . . ."

Sadie doesn't have to hold back in her emails, because nobody will ever read them . . . that is, until they're accidentally sent out.

Overnight, Sadie’s carefully crafted, conflict-free life is turned upside down. It's her worst nightmare - now everyone at school knows what she really thinks of them, and they're not afraid to tell her what they really think of her either. But amidst the chaos, there's one person growing to appreciate the "real" Sadie - Julius, the only boy she's sworn to hate . . .

Main characters

  • Sadie Wen: Overachieving, ‘perfect’ school captain who has a personal rivalry with her co-captain, Julius.
  • Julius Gong: Sadie’s co-captain who seems effortlessly perfect. His charm and intelligence capture everyone in his orbit – except Sadie, it seems.

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I Hope This Doesn’t Find You
Unforgettable, snarky and romantic, I Hope This Doesn't Find You is Never Have I Ever meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before if Lara Jean wrote hate emails instead of love letters.
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