REVIEW: The Couple by Helly Acton

In brief: In a world where singles rules, Millie thinks she has her life sorted. But then she meets Ben. Will she defy convention to be a couple? The good: Great romcom vibes. The not-so-good: There is a bit of alternate reality here, so be openminded. Why I chose it: Loved The Shelf! Year: 2021... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

In brief: Ray Carney is a fairly legitimate furniture store owner. But then his cousin drags him into a heist at the Hotel Theresa and it all kicks off from there… The good: It’s much more light hearted than Whitehead’s previous books. The not-so-good: Drags a bit at times. Why I chose it: Always here... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Hard Crowd by Rachel Kushner

In brief: A collection of essays about wide ranging topics, from vintage cars to Italian movies. The good: A brilliant writer. The not-so-good: I really don’t know much about Italian politics. Why I chose it: Rachel Kushner has a Ford Galaxie. Year: 2021 Pages: 258 Publisher: Jonathan Cape (Penguin) Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Rachel... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Reputation by Lex Croucher

In brief: Mean Girls meets 21st century binge drinking and partying in this Regency era coming of age story. The good: Ever wanted swearing and drinking in your tea parties? The not-so-good: The characters aren’t overly likeable and the debauchery gets old fairly quickly. Why I chose it: Sounded original. Year: 2021 Pages: 428 Publisher:... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

In brief: Vi and Kate are identical twins who have a psychic ability they call ‘senses’. In adulthood, Kate tries to be as normal as possible, while Vi embraces life as a medium. Then Vi goes viral for predicting an earthquake… The good: It’s more the story of relationships than about psychic ability. The not-so-good:... Continue Reading →

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