Friday 2 February 2018

Review: Emma Ever After by Brigid Coady

Emma Woodhouse knows the world loves nothing more than a celebrity romance. And, as a rising star at Mega! Management, she match-makes some of the biggest names in the business. Who cares if it’s all for show? For Emma, fauxmance beats the real thing any day!
But Emma has a huge task ahead. She needs to find fake girlfriends for every member of Breach of the Peace, the world’s hottest new boy band. Rich, talented heart-throbs, they should have their pick of the ladies – but, with band mates Will and Ed determined to undermine her every move, and her best mate Gee voicing disapproval about her chosen profession, Emma’s carefully ordered world begins to fall apart.
Is it possible that Emma doesn’t know best after all?

Review: Another great re-imagining of an Austen classic from Brigid Coady. This is such a great social commentary as well and features many timely issues that we are facing today. 

Emma is me and my friends all rolled into one, trying to have it all and living life constantly under threat from her calendar alerts. I can recognise the characteristic in myself, the need to have success and try and do everything you can to be the best at your job. She has put her personal life on the back burner in favour of the personal lives as others, part of her job. We've all been there and it made for some great reading. 

I also loved her friend Gee and his ability to ground her. I am amazed that he is a grounded person and not the ego maniac we might expect from a former pop star super star! He makes for some real comedy moments in the book, as do the boys from the band that Emma is trying to catapult into even higher stardom. 

This book really does explore the fandom and the role that social media can play in people's professional and personal lives, quite a brave thing to write about. This also covers some great LGBTQ+ issues and the stigma surrounding bisexuality and the connotations that that has. Whilst theses things are covered and fully explored, they are woven well into the storyline and so this book isn't an 'issues' book in any way. 

This was an entertaining read with characters and events that I could definitely identify with, it made me laugh and it made me think. 

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