Saturday 7 July 2018

Review: One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk

Everyone wants that special someone….
Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.
And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.
But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…
Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is My Fair Lady for the social media age – and the perfect feel-good read.

Review: Man I loved this book! I cannot tell you how amazing it is reading a book that has a major focus on social media from someone who knows a thing or two about social media. Yes this book has a great story and great characters, but my takeaway from this is seeing accurate social media representation of fiction. Not just one aspect of social media either, the time it takes to edit YouTube videos, trying to beat the Instagram algorithm and the perils of tweeting something when you meant to DM it-Loved it!

Ok so we have some wonderful characters in this book, our lead is Annie Higgins (like Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady) and she is so easy to relate to because she has the yearning for being able to go to bed without first checking her inbox and wake up in the morning without checking her inbox before anything else. She is incredibly hard working and I really admired her passion and her ability to go the extra mile but can also recognise the toll that takes on her personal life! Her business partner Miranda is the perfect Ying to her Yang and they just really work as best friends. 

Then we have Sam, a historian, a bit of a recluse and someone who definitely has more to him than meets the eye. I loved how slowly Sam opened up to the rest of that characters in this book, how he had great values that he stuck to no matter what and that he provided someone for me to fall in love with, never mind any of the other characters. 

I said this on social media, but I just love all the British references throughout this novel. If you're living in the UK and reading it, you might not notice them at first but this is a true love story to British culture, British Mannerisms and British food! You can tell that this author is a Brit living in the US because the Fray Bentos pie here, the Hob Nobs there and the references to Richard Madeley and This Morning were truly magnificent, not to mention the British swearing!

This storyline follows some of my favourite tropes but bucks the trend with a lot of gender reversal in the whole 'boy meets girl' side of things and I just loved it. I wanted to keep on reading, read past my bedtime and got up early to finish this book because it was truly truly fabulous. This is a standalone novel and so if this is your first foray into Lindsey's writing, this would be a great place to start. If you are an uber fan like me, she has done us proud-a wonderful read!

Ebook is out now! To order your copy now, just click the link: UK (paperback 26th July) or US (paperback 25th September)

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