Thursday 13 July 2017

Review: Hot Mess by Lucy Vine

Hot Mess [n.] - someone who is attractive, but often in a state of disarray, repeatedly finding themselves in uncomfortable predicaments.
Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn't turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she's a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together before they're thirty?
It's Valentine's Day and Ellie Knight finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date.
But single doesn't have to be the loneliest number, does it?
She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates.
It's ok there's black mould everywhere, right?
With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now.
Doesn't everyone hate their job?
Maybe Ellie isn't following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to - a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.

Review: The info about this book states that it features Bridget Jones meets Carrie Bradshaw and I really couldn't have put it better myself! Those are weighty words and hard to live up to especially when they are two of my favourite characters of all time, but Ellie really is a combo of the two. She is a character who is very easy to relate to. She won't be everyone's cup of tea, she's like that friend that you can see making some mistakes but you have tried and tried to keep them on the right path and you've just kind of given up and let them do their won thing now, a little on the annoying side! But actually she is a lot like us all!

I would say that this is a book of two halves. The first half of the book is very much pure comedy with Ellie getting herself into situations, quite a few of those involving her hilarious family mishaps or her disastrous tinder dates. The second half of the book takes a turn for the slightly more serious, but still with some serious laughs in there. It centres around Ellie sorting herself out and doing just a little bit of soul searching. The chapters of the book are also interwoven with emails from Ellie's Dad to Ellie and her sister with updates and the latest extract from the erotic novel he is writing. You know these sections are pure comedy gold, but I just love the way her Dad writes his emails, he is just such a typical Dad!

This books covers having a horrible flat with questionable flat mates, what happens when you feel like everyone around you is changing but you deny to believe that you are changing too. When you don't really know what you want to do with your life or who you want to do it with, and just how embarrassing family can be. If you've been in any of these situations and/or you've ever been a little bit drunk  or reckless with your credit card then you are going to love this book. It made me laugh out loud, I could see myself and my friends in the characters and it was fast-paced and very very relevant. Definitely another one to add to your TBR this summer!

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