I absolutely LOVED this book! I’ve read some incredible debut novels this year and Gillian’s is right up there with the best. This book had a little of everything… it was funny, had a bit of romance, had an underlying story and a really important message but written in a very unique and entertaining way.
The commentary on how it feels to live in a world where your life is constantly on display and everything you write on social media is scrutinised – is spot on. It also could turn into a very dry topic especially in a book but Gillian has written a really entertaining novel that doesn’t have any dull moments.
My only criticism is that it ended! I want to read more about Jess and her journey through life. I can’t wait to read Gillian’s next book (May 2021).
About the book…
Jessica Bradley has it all: the perfect boyfriend; influential healthy-eating blog; successful PR company and wonderful daughter, Anna. Or at least that is what her thousands of followers believe.
The truth is, her boyfriend just broke up with her in four words on a post-it; her zest for healthy-eating has all but disappeared; her PR success is all reliant on her now not-so-honest online-life and she just got caught eating her daughter’s Coco-Pops.
So as they say: fake it ’til you make it. A few little white lies and phoney smiling selfies and Jess can keep up appearances. But when her real-life starts to spiral out of control how can Jess tell the truth from the lies? And will she be able to seize real happiness when it is right in front of her?
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication: May 2020
About the author…
Gillian Harvey is a writer and author who currently lives in France with her husband and five children. A former teacher, Gillian began her writing career in 2012 and is regularly published in national magazines and newspapers. Her first novel ‘Everything is Fine’ was published by Orion in 2020.
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher and author for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.