REVIEW: No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

In brief: An unnamed narrator is a leader in all things social media until tragedy brings her offline into real life. The good: The second half is raw with emotion. The not-so-good: Some concentration required to get through the first half, as life in the portal is anything but linear. Why I chose it: On... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton

In brief: Opal and Nev became famous after tragedy, but their contributions as a duo were short. As a reunion comes closer, a journalist starts to document their careers and discovers new allegations that could change anything. The good: Very well written and incredibly interesting. The not-so-good: I missed Opal after I finished the book.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Writers and Lovers by Lily King

In brief: All that’s holding Casey together is the novel she’s been writing. She’s lost her mum, her relationship has ended and she’s a waitress in her thirties. But then two very different men enter her life… The good: It’s honest, gripping and relatable. The not-so-good: I read it in a couple of days (it... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin

In brief: Ethan and Zo’s lives have changed a lot after moving to a small town. Now Zo is a dedicated activist and Ethan is left to pick up the pieces without knowing where he’s going. The good: A different perspective on the rage within America. The not-so-good: You’ll either like these characters or loathe... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: New Animal by Ella Baxter

In brief: Amelia is stuck. She loves her job at a mortuary, but she’s lost elsewhere. Then a family tragedy causes her to feel too much, instead of too little and she runs away. The good: Unique, raw and unflinching. The not-so-good: I devoured this in 24 hours. Why I chose it: That cover. Thanks... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan

In brief: Nothing is going to plan in Violet’s life until she meets the glamourous Lottie and Simon. Suddenly, everything is sorted – but for how long? The good: It’s honest about everything. The not-so-good: The ending was a little too neat for me. Why I chose it: Sounded interesting. Thanks to Hachette for the... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Luster by Raven Leilani

In brief: Edie’s life is a mess of wrong choices. When she meets Eric, it’s meant to be nothing but a hook-up but somehow she gets entangled with his whole family The good: It’s warts and all, no pretty Instagram filters here. The not-so-good: Sometimes the reader feels far removed from Edie and the action.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

  In brief: Four women are trying to keep their heads above water in their competitive lives in Seoul. The good: Different setting, different troubles. The not-so-good: Wasn’t as shocking as other reviews had led me to believe. Why I chose it: Read many excellent reviews. Year: 2020 Pages: 274 Publisher: Viking (Penguin) Setting: Mainly... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

In brief: Jenny’s life is falling apart at the seams. The only thing good is Instagram…until it turns around to bite her too. The good: Some interesting ideas explored. The not-so-good: It really didn’t flow for me and it was difficult to feel for Jenny. Why I chose it: Really, really enjoyed Animals. Year: 2020... Continue Reading →

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