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The Plus One

Available from G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Order from your favorite retailer now!

A brilliant but socially inept robotics engineer builds her own wedding date–and learns more about love than she ever expected–in this hilarious and heartwarming debut novel.

Meet Kelly. Twenty-nine, go-getter, a brilliant robotics engineer, and perpetually single. When her younger sister’s wedding looms and her attempts to find a date become increasingly cringeworthy, Kelly does the only logical thing: she builds her own boyfriend.

Ethan is perfect–gorgeous, attentive, smart, all topped off by a mechanical heart endlessly devoted to her, not to mention he’s good with her mother. When she’s with him, Kelly discovers a more confident, spontaneous version of herself–the person she’d always dreamed she could be. But as the struggle to keep Ethan’s identity secret threatens to detonate her career, Kelly knows she has to kiss her perfect man good-bye.

There’s just one problem: she’s falling for him.

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Also available in the UK as How to Build a Boyfriend from Scratch, and available in Germany from Heyne!

Reviews

In her debut novel, Archer concocts an endearingly unlucky-at-love heroine…A fun story that will appeal to geeks and beachgoers alike.

Kirkus Reviews

From robots to weddings, The Plus One made me laugh, cry, and wonder what dating would be like after I’ve already created the perfect man. Simply unputdownable!

Renee Carlino, USA Today bestselling author of Blind Kiss

Prepare to fall in love with The Plus One! Sarah Archer’s wildly inventive, laugh-out-loud funny, heart-tugging romance is perfect for our wired world. From the adorably awkward all-too-human tech-genius heroine to the dreamy boy-toy beau she creates, these characters are as alive, vibrant and winning as can be whether flesh-and-bone or bot. If you’ve ever needed a love life reboot or dreamed of finding (or building!) your soul mate, this whipsmart, witty pageturner is a must-read!

Aimee Agresti, author of Campaign Widows

Readers who think they don’t like romance and those who think they don’t like science fiction may be astonished to discover themselves loving the combination in Archer’s irresistible, unputdownable, comic, debut romance novel.

Booklist (starred review)

The Plus One is bursting with heart and soul. It engineers thought-provoking questions about what love and humanity really look like. Archer is totally captivating.

Hannah Orenstein, author of Playing with Matches

An endearing and clever story about the crazy things we do to meet expectations.

Anna Yen, author of Sophia of Silicon Valley