For fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sally Rooney, and Rebecca Serle, Tory Henwood Hoen's The Arc is a smart, high concept love story that asks: can you curate your soulmate?
Thirty-five-year-old Ursula Byrne, VP of Strategic Audacity at a branding agency in Manhattan, is successful, witty, whip-smart, and single. She’s tried all the dating apps, and let’s just say: she’s underwhelmed by her options. You’d think that by now someone would have come up with something more bespoke; a way for users to be more tailored about who and what they want in a life partner––how hard could that be?
Enter The Arc: a highly secretive, super-sophisticated matchmaking service that uses a complex series of emotional, psychological and physiological assessments to architect partnerships that will go the distance. The price tag is high, the promise ambitious––a level of lifelong compatibility that would otherwise be unattainable. In other words, The Arc will find your ideal mate.
Ursula is paired with forty-two-year-old lawyer Rafael Banks. From moment one, this feels like the electric, lasting love they’ve each been seeking their whole adult lives. But as their relationship unfolds in unanticipated ways, the two begin to realize that true love is never a sure thing. And the arc of a relationship is never predictable...even when it's fully optimized.
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The Arc was such a great read, I finished it in less than a day. Don't plan on putting it down once you are a third of the way through. It is rare that a book makes me think of it when I was not reading to try and sus out the ending. The Arc is that kind of book. I waswrong about how it ended, but enjoyed every minute of reading it.
I enjoyed this one! The premise leaves a lot to the imagination, but the story unfolded very naturally and easily, and it was so pleasant and effortless to slip into Rafael and Ursula's love story. They were both such complex characters, and I especially enjoyed (if that can be said!) their fights, which was handled in a way where it felt like neither was completely at fault. It was a treat seeing Ursula navigate her professional relationships in particular, and I LOVED every scene at The Stake, which was described with such sly, understated humor. I would definitely pay good money for Hush Brushing and those massages. I also found the twist very well done. I'd recommend this book if you're more interested in the slow development of a relationship; the pacing is not particularly fast or urgent but was enjoyable all the same.
This was a fascinating look at dating in the future! Instead of an app, The Arc charges you $5,000 but guarantees you will be happy with your match! Such an interesting premise! Corporate businesswoman Ursula is fed up with dating and signs up even though she's a little skeptical (who wouldn't be?) but after the intense process she is matched with attorney Rafael and they do hit it off immediately! Sure that they are a success story, they continue their relationship until they begin having minor disagreements and wonder if they are really right for each other. And let's face it, relationships have their ups and downs regardless of how well suited two people are for each other. Is it really an equation that will match you with the perfect mate, or is it your resilience and ability to work things out with the one you love? Hoen's book offers a look at dating in the future and begs the question, is it math or chemistry/hard work that will determine happiness?
The Arc was a quirky, feel-good read full of romance, friendship, and honestly a good dose of relatable conversations. Ursula finds herself exhausted with the dating pool and resolute to stick within the confines of her ultra feminist women’s club until The Arc comes along. Without giving too much away, I found the banter between characters reminiscent of conversations I’ve had with my friends. Whether it was the frustrations of dating, the roles society expects us to play as women of a certain age, or the importance of having a few good people in your corner, The Arc touched on these topics in a light hearted but honest way. This blended so many elements of story-telling that I love. A subtle mystery (ie- who’s behind The Arc), a strong female voice, and enough humor to make the cringe moments funny. I’m excited for this to be out on the shelves so the rest of my friends can experience this read for themselves!
I really enjoyed this one! I thought Ursula was a fun, fresh voice! I was hooked right away! (Maybe for the fact she threw up on her date!) Definitely would recommend!
I loved this book so much. I laughed and cried. this book was interesting in its approach to find love and what you do when you have it. How your past relationships influence the current one and how let that baggage control you. I love Ursula and her quirkiness and i loved Rafael for his. Their relationship felt very real and i shared in their heartbreak. I would definitely recommend this book.
I could not put this book down and stayed up way past my bedtime to see how the story ended. This is a book that stays with you, turning the ideas over in your mind long after the last page is turned.
This was an interesting read - the future of the dating world maybe!! I enjoyed reading this book! The story is relatable and realistic - I have heard about the dating scenario from friends and family and how frustrating it can be!! ** I liked the author’s style of writing and sense of humour! The story flows through smoothly. Both Ursula and Rafael’s characters are well developed and true to the real world!! Their feelings and emotions are well described in line with the plot. And there are a few thought provoking situations as well! The friendship between Ursula and her friend from University is beautiful too! ** This whole concept of matchmaking reminded me of how in the past in India - horoscopes were matched to find suitable partners. ** Thank you to the Author, @netgalley and @stmartinspress for an Advance Reader Copy.
Can love be boiled down to a science? The Arc thinks so and so far has achieved a 100% success rate. Ursula and Rafael are thrilled to be matched and smoothly transition into a happy duo, but after one disagreement it’s revealed there is just a single area in which they’re not a perfect match. Can their relationship survive without a guarantee of success? There are a lot of surprises in this one! I loved the twists and turns and that final jaw dropped. I wouldn’t call this one just a romance, maybe a sci-fi romance?
How far would you go for love? Would you pay 40,500 to meet the love of your life? This question is posed to Ursula in The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen. Ursula had a non traditional childhood where she played alone and took care of herself for hours at a time from a young age. While this has turned her into a very self sufficient and successful Brooklynite, she’d like someone to come home to other than her cat. This book felt a little alternate reality and I loved it! I was surprised and intrigued the entire time and it has left me thinking unlike most fiction. This one reminded me of The Farm by Joanne Ramos.
What initially drew me to this book was the comparison of the writing style to Sally Rooney, who is hands down one of my favorite authors, and this Tory did not disappoint. The Arc was not just your. typical love story- it really broke down what dating is like in this technology heavy time. The MC was an independent female trying to balance staying ahead of her career and fostering a relationship. She's tremendously relatable, and while there are times you want to ask what in the world she's thinking, you can tell she's going to figure out a way forward. Including a dual perspective, particularly in a love story, is a great twist. Really enjoyed! Highly recommend if you liked Normal People and Daisy Jones and the Six
The Arc is an intelligent take on the science behind matchmaking and how people form genuine connections with on another. I enjoyed Ursula and Rafael and the way they embraced their weird. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Arc.
Wow this was such a unique and wonderful book! It is rare that I'm so pleasantly surprised by a book I go into blind to read. I was attracted by the cover but the content blew me away. High concept and highly entertaining! I loved it! Go in blind and let the story take you on a wonderful journey all the way to the end!