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A restless young journalist with big dreams interviews a Hollywood heartthrob—and reunites with him ten years later to discover exactly how he feels about her in this sexy and engrossing novel “You will absolutely devour this book. It’s filled with delightful banter, hot romance, and a love story that’s worthy of the big screen.”—Kate Spencer, author of In a New York Minute and host of Forever35Then. Twenty-something writer Chani Horowitz is stuck. While her former MFA classmates are nabbing high-profile book deals, all she does is churn out puff pieces. Then she’s hired to write a profile of movie star Gabe Parker: her number one celebrity crush and the latest James Bond. All Chani wants to do is keep her cool and nail the piece. But what comes next proves to be life changing in ways she never saw coming, as the interview turns into a whirlwind weekend that has the tabloids buzzing—and Chani getting closer to Gabe than she had planned.   Now. Ten years later, after a brutal divorce and a healthy dose of therapy, Chani is back in Los Angeles as a successful writer with the career of her dreams. Except that no matter what new essay collection or online editorial she’s promoting, someone always asks about The Profile. It always comes back to Gabe. So when his PR team requests that they reunite for a second interview, she wants to say no. She wants to pretend that she’s forgotten about the time they spent together. But the truth is that Chani wants to know if those seventy-two hours were as memorable to Gabe as they were to her. And so . . . she says yes. Alternating between their first meeting and their reunion a decade later, this deliciously irresistible novel will have you hanging on until the last word.

Elissa Sussman
April 12, 2022
352 pages

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Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch, chinese

“Funny You Should Ask is the kind of fascinating, intimate character study that feels like reading about real people. A breezy, addictive romance—I couldn’t put it down!”—Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk“Funny You Should Ask is a smart, sensitive story full of love and longing—not to mention a totally swoonworthy hero. It’s also a page-turning peek into the celebrity machine. Framed by one infamous weekend and its fallout, the book goes beyond the glossy surface to thoughtfully tackle questions of perception versus reality, and which can hurt more: the limitations other people place on us, or the ones we place on ourselves.”—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, bestselling authors of The Royal We and The HeirAffair“Elissa Sussman’s adult debut promises a glamorous celeb romp, but offers a double-whammy with thoughtful, emotional depth. As the narrative jumps back and forth in time, the truth of what happened between Gabe and Chani unfolds and a romance blooms—cautious, sweet, and sizzling with tension. . . . A beautiful, fun, heartfelt love story that I couldn’t put down.”—Maurene Goo, author of Somewhere Only We Know“Alternating between past and present, YA writer Sussman’s first novel for adults slowly lays out the events of her characters’ first meeting and how much has changed in the decade since. The result is a sexy, sometimes emotionally fraught tale that is both funny and romantic and that will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella.”—Booklist, Susan Maguire “Sussman makes her adult fiction debut with a smart and sexy tale of second-chance love. The story thoroughly satisfies on a romantic level and packs an emotional punch with genuine characters.”—Library Journal (starred review)“Young adult author Elissa Sussman may be poised for a breakout hit with her first novel for adults, Funny You Should Ask. . . . Sussman’s smart writing and firm control over the narrative steadily lead you on to the next page, and the next page, and the page after that.”—BookPage“Sussman’s thoughtful adult debut explores the connection forged between an insecure Los Angeles writer and a charming movie star. A decade after Chani Horowitz’s profile of Gabe Parker went viral, the two are reunited for another interview. . . . Sussman’s musings about fame, success, and the bonds between people elevate this fun and charming narrative. This has ALL THE MAKINGS OF A HIT.”—Publishers Weekly About the Author Elissa Sussman received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Pacific University.She is the author of three young adult novels, and Funny You Should Ask is her debut adult novel. Sussman lives in her hometown of Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs, Basil and Mozzarella. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter 1I arrived early and damp. The blue cotton blouse that had looked professional and flattering in my apartment mirror was now stuck to my armpits in dark, wet half-moons. Lifting my arms, I blasted the AC in my car, hoping both to dry my shirt and shock the nervousness out of my system.I’d interviewed celebrities before.I’d even interviewed supernaturally beautiful celebrities before.This was different.Gabe Parker wasn’t just any celebrity. He was my number one, heart-fluttering, palm-sweating, thigh-clenching celebrity crush. I’d entertained multiple extensive, detailed fantasies about him. I’d done numerous searches for paparazzi pictures of him. Until this morning, a shirtless photo of him had been the lock screen of my phone.I had zero chill when it came to Gabe Parker.If Jeremy and I were still dating, there’d be a major possibility he would have tried to veto this interview. He knew how I felt about Gabe. When he’d insisted on us declaring our “free pass” celebrities, I’d chosen Gabe. Jeremy had pouted.It was ridiculous, of course.Gabe would probably be charming and kind and amiable. It wouldn’t be because he liked me, or thought I was interesting, or because we had any sort of deep emotional connection. It would be because it was his job to charm me. And it was my job to be charmed. His management had been very, very clear about the kind of profile they were expecting me to turn in. What they wanted in exchange for the access Broad Sheets was getting to Gabe before he started shooting.They wanted a story that would counter the bad press his casting had caused. They wanted a story that would convince the naysayers that he was the best choice for Bond. They wanted me to sell him to America. To the world. I wanted a story that would keep getting me work.I blogged and sent short stories to literary magazines like I was tossing rocks into the ocean.I’d only gotten one published, and then, just when I was considering that maybe I should give up trying to be a writer, I’d gotten the gig at Broad Sheets. I’d been recommended by a former professor who had once called my writing “mainstream”—as much of an insult as one could get in an esteemed MFA program but apparently exactly what Broad Sheets was looking for. Jeremy called the stuff I was doing “puff pieces,” but we’d still celebrated when I got the job—spending a good chunk of my first paycheck on bottomless fries and happy hour beers.The editors at Broad Sheets seemed to like my writing—at least, they kept giving me work—and every month I could pay my bills with the money I made off my writing felt like an accomplishment.I knew that this interview was an opportunity to show that I could take on more high-profile, better-paying articles. It needed to go well. Even though I’d just checked it five minutes ago, I scanned my bag again to make sure that I had a pen, my notebook with the questions I’d written out last night, and my tape recorder, which had a new set of batteries. I was as prepared as I was going to be.My armpits were now cold and wet. I realized, with horror, that I wasn’t one hundred percent sure I’d put deodorant on. I gave myself a sniff, but couldn’t tell.It was too late now.I glanced in the rearview mirror one last time, grateful that at least my bangs had chosen to be obedient.Gabe was staying in a rental house in Laurel Canyon. I’d expected something grand, with a massive gate and intense security system, but I’d been sent to a modest bungalow set back from the street with nothing more than an unlocked, waist-high gate to keep people out.But even though it was small, I knew the place had to cost at least four times more than the apartment I shared with one stranger and one half-friend.I could feel my heart ricocheting up and down my throat as I walked through the gate and down the pathway. A heart attack or a panic attack or some other sort of attack seemed extremely likely.“He’s just a person. He’s just a person,” I said to myself. I lifted my hand, but before I could even knock, the door swung open and there he was.Gabe. Parker. I’d done enough interviews like this to know firsthand the difference a camera and a crew could make in someone’s appearance. Actors were usually shorter than they appeared, their heads often bigger. Round cheeks could make someone look chubbier than they were, just as chiseled features could come off as gaunt in real life.A part of me had been praying that Gabe Parker’s good looks were mostly manufactured.I was swiftly and immediately proven wrong. He. Was. Glorious.Tall, knee-bucklingly handsome, and backlit by the best sunlight California could muster on a brisk winter day. His dark brown hair was mussed, a wavy lock flopped onto his forehead in a way that looked both boyish and rugged. He had a dimple in his left cheek—which I already knew about, but it was on full display as he greeted me with a smile that made my heart stop so abruptly that I put a hand to my chest. He was so beautiful.I was so f***ed.“It’s you!” he said.As if he had been waiting for me. The truth was that I had been waiting for him. Literally. This interview had been scheduled and rescheduled several times already. But none of that mattered now.I felt fluttery. All over.I didn’t like it.It was deeply unprofessional and a complete cliché. The world already assumed that all female reporters slept with—or were trying to sleep with—their subjects. I was here to do my job, not get all hot and bothered over a sexy celebrity. It was enough to keep those tingly feelings at bay.Gabe was still blasting me with that full-force grin. It was so powerful that it took me at least ten seconds to realize he was holding a puppy in his arms. And I loved dogs.“Can you take her for a moment?” he asked.I was apparently incapable of speech so I just nodded and held out my arms. His fingers brushed mine as the wiggling, furry bundle was passed over. My heart stopped again, and the tingly feelings returned.Dammit.At this rate, if he shook my hand, I was likely to pass out at his feet. After giving me the dog, he turned and headed back into the house. The puppy shifted in my arms, craning her head so she could take a swipe at my chin with her soft, pink puppy tongue. I inhaled deeply, breathing in her puppy breath. Pure. Unfiltered. Good.It stabilized me. “Come on in!” Gabe said from inside the house.I followed his voice, taking in the beautiful rental with its wood-paneled walls and warm, cabin-like feel. The back of the house was open—glass sliding doors pushed to the side—and I could see a big, grassy lawn with a pool and hot tub. The rental itself had maybe two bedrooms, but the property was spacious. It was exactly the kind of Laurel Canyon home where you could easily imagine the Mamas and the Papas or Fleetwood Mac doing drugs, having sex, and making music during the seventies.I walked into the kitchen and found Gabe on his hands and knees. Without a shirt on.“Sorry,” he apologized, using his cotton T-shirt to wipe the floor. “I still have no idea where any of the rags are, and we’ve been having a hard time with house-training.” He looked up at me, and I realized I was holding the puppy in front of me like a shield. Standing, Gabe looked down at the pee-stained shirt in his hand and winced before tossing it in the trash. Then he came toward me.“It’s okay,” he said to the dog. “I still love you.”“Unngh,” I said.He took her from me, cuddling her against his bare chest. It was smooth and sleek—all those muscles perfectly defined—exactly how it looked on the big screen. Well. Not exactly. He was actually a little thinner than I had expected. Not that I minded.He still looked good. Beyond good.I laced my fingers behind my back to keep from reaching out and touching, but my imagination did not hesitate in envisioning how his skin might feel beneath my palms. Because if I was going to touch—even if it was just a fantasy—I was going to be putting my whole hands on him. Maybe my mouth too.If I had the time, there was a long list of my body parts interested in touching his body parts.It was completely inappropriate, but it was just in my head. What harm could there be in that?“Sorry about that,” Gabe apologized again.We both stood there for a moment. He made no motion to indicate he was going to put a shirt on, and I wasn’t going to prompt him to do so. As far as I was concerned, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ogle one of the hottest up-and-coming stars of our time and I was going to ogle my brains out. Silently. Covertly.I knew I was justifying my unprofessional thoughts, but the truth was, I wasn’t sure I could help it. He was just so handsome and my pulse was racing like I was being chased. Read more <div id="

  • I loved the way this book was written, how the story unfolded between alternating sections about what happened 10 years ago and today. Sprinkled throughout are excerpts from various reviews, essays, and Chani’s personal blog from her younger days and her newsletter from more recent days. It comes together as a cohesive and complete story, told not only from the protagonist’s viewpoint but also how the outside world views it.Chani is a young journalist trying to make her mark in the world; Gabe is an up and coming movie star. He has been cast as the new James Bond, much to the chagrin of die-hard James Bond fans (an American as James Bond? Sacrilege!). So Chani is assigned the task of writing a piece on Gabe with the intention of making his choice as the new James Bond more believable.What starts as an afternoon interview turns into a weekend together. And leads to an article by Chani that makes her career while also giving Gabe the credibility he needs. But it comes at the cost of the world believing that surely Chani had to have slept with him to gain the access she acquired.10 years later, she’s asked to do another interview with him. They’re both older and wiser, having gone through turmoil and heartache in their lives. Gabe has had a divorce and two stints in rehab, Chani has divorced her jerk of a husband and continues to deal with the fallout from that first interview. What begins as an awkward encounter turns into a chance for them to truly understand and connect with each other.This is one of those books that I had to finish before I could go to sleep, otherwise I’d lie awake thinking about it all night. I not only loved the way it was written but loved the story also. It’s not your typical “romance” novel following the specific “romance” formula.I’d like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing an advance copy of this book!
  • “The last time we met, we were young and brash and stupid. I remind myself that two people can experience the same thing in completely different ways. I remind myself that I now know better.”I knew when I read the description that I would enjoy this book, what I didn’t know is how fast I would fly through this book. The only thing stopping me from reading this in one sitting was this pesky thing called “needing sleep before work”.Chani Horowitz is a writer, strugging to figure out her place in her career when shes given the biggest opportunity of her career. Chani is set to write a profile on Gabe Parker, movie star, celebrity crush, (former) phone screen background, and newest Hollywood James Bond. This interview changed everything.Chani walked in, sweaty pits and all, ready to ask her questions, when shes met with her hollywood crush handing over his puppy while he scrambles to clean up puppy pee shirtless. The interview takes a rather unorthodox turn when Gabe starts asking Chani questions of his own and their conversation/ interview turns from just an hour or so, into the entire day, then the entire weekend.The interview that came after? Well that changed everything. Chani’s profile started her career, and kept everyone asking “what happened that weekend?”.A decade later, two failed marriages, a declining acting carreer, a few times in rehab, and a lot of writing later, the two are back together for another interview.I cannot explain how much I loved this book enough. Sussman’s use of then-and-now story telling and articles between time will have you flipping through pages so fast, needing to see what’s happened and what will happen. Sussman will make you laugh, cry, and absolutely fall in love with these two characters who are working against their own inner turmoils to find a way to survive the world their careers put them in.Gabe Parker is Chani’s dream come true, but Chani is Gabe Parker’s biggest success.↠ 5 stars
  • I’m blown away. This will be my favorite book if 2022, and I could tell within the first 25 pages. Beyond the fact that this is based on a very niche real life thing with which I’m obsessed, Elissa Sussman is an outrageously talented writer. I’ll read anything she makes publicly available, and I already can’t wait to reread this masterwork of storytelling in romance.
  • This book was not in my radar and it’s one of those I’m so glad fell in my lap. I’m usually not a fan of inconsistent story lines, but this one was done so well and lent itself to the story perfectly. I loved chani and gabe’s imperfections and how the 10 year story line brought resolution and maturity to two characters who needed to grow and find themselves outside of the relationship. All the heart eyes. 😍
  • I know I give out some “5’s” but this book is absolutely perfect..I’m going to read it again..and again. Actually I’m ordering the paperback to have. I cried at the end..happy crying. Elissa Sussman I’m a fan!!!
  • I heard about this book from TikTok. I read it in under a day. I loved it! If you’re a fan dual time line books, you will love this. Similar to People We Meet on Vacation, Seven Days in June, and The Girl He Used to Know.
  • -ly deep and real. So many wonderful things packed into what I expected to be a fluffy little romance. You will empathize with the characters as much as you will want to smack some sense into them. Read! Enjoy!!
  • Listen, I rarely post reviews but Sussman’s writing is out of this world. I have goosebumps just thinking of how incredibly beautifully crafted each sentence was in this book. There was absolutely NOTHING i didn’t LOVE in “Funny You Should Ask”. Gabe is so authentic, clever, humble, funny and sexy. Chani is the perfect protagonist. She’s a gift that keeps on giving. Her name alone is so epic. Look, I could spend my whole day talking about how much I adored this book but it still wouldn’t be enough praise. You MUST purchase this book now. I’m going on Goodreads right now to sing her praise because I want more books like this from Sussman forever.
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