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.

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

The Plus One by Sarah Archer

Also Available Internationally


In her debut novel, Archer concocts an endearingly unlucky-at-love heroine…A fun story that will appeal to geeks and beachgoers alike.
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!
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!
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.
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.
An endearing and clever story about the crazy things we do to meet expectations.

The Write Quotes

At Charlotte Readers Podcast, we’ve compiled eight books of quotes gleaned from over 500 author interviews. In these pages, you’ll find inspiration, humor, advice–and if you’re a writer yourself, plenty that you can relate to.

Writers quoted include David Baldacci, Jason Mott, Therese Anne Fowler, Wiley Cash, Ron Rash, Judy Goldman, C.J. Box, Jill McCorkle, Craig Johnson, Sophie Cousens, and so many more.

And… the ebook of book one is FREE!

Learn more, and order the ebooks or print books as they’re released, at our website.

  • Book 1: The Writing Life
  • Book 2: Learning to Write
  • Book 3: Writing Process and Tools
  • Book 4: Storytelling, Inspiration, and Research
  • Book 5: Writing Techniques and Characters
  • Book 6: Writing Community, Revision, and Editors
  • Book 7: The Emotional Writing Journey
  • Book 8: Publishing and Book Marketing