Thursday, 20 August 2020

Review: Our Story by Miranda Dickinson

Otty has just landed her dream job. She's about to join the writing team of one of the most respected showrunners in TV. And then the night before her first day, she's evicted from her flat.
Joe has been working with Russell for years. He's the best writer on his team, but lately something has been off. He's trying to get his mojo back, but when his flatmate moves out without warning he has other things to worry about.
Otty moving into Joe's house seems like the perfect solution to both their problems, but neither is prepared for what happens next. Paired together in the writing room, their obvious chemistry sparks from the page and they are the writing duo to beat. But their relationship off the page is an entirely different story, and neither of them can figure out why.
And suddenly the question isn't, will they, or won't they? It's why won't they?
An epic and modern love story for our times, we will all see ourselves reflected in Otty and Joe. We are our own biggest barriers and this novel explores what happens when we get out of our own way. And it is glorious.


Review: This was one of those books that played out in front of my eyes like a movie. Not only was it based in that industry but it really did feel like I was binge watching The Bold Type or 30 Rock, I loved it and it felt like a very special book because of the way it was formatted. 

This book has all of Miranda Dickinson's trademark warmth and humour. It has some fabulous Midlands phrases in there, it's set in and around Birmingham and of course it has a frustratingly slow burn romance in there. But this book is just such a great example of what can happen when you follow your dreams, not matter how many people around you may doubt you or try and discourage you. I loved this message of going for what you want, having confidence in yourself and being an independent person even when other try to hold you back. 

It was such a pleasure to meet Joe and Otty. I love Otty's name I have to say. As someone with an unusual name myself I always do a little cheer when someone else in a book has an unusual name because we are a dying breed! The opening of Otty's story reminded me a lot of the movie While You Were Sleeping and then from there on in I pictured her a the heroine of her own comeback story. I love that Otty has a past but that she is following her dreams and making it happen later into her life. 

Joe is a really interesting character. I liked that he seems like a typical writer in the industry, a male-dominated industry, but we discover hidden depths to our Joe. In many ways I felt like Joe was more the underdog of this story than Otty was, someone which is unusual to find in a romcom. He is such a complex fellow and I know you're going to love getting to know him. 

There are some seriously frustrating moments in this book when it comes to characters realising things, whether that's their true potential or whether that is what is right in front of their faces but boy does that make you keep turning the pages. I know you're going to love this story. It really is a modern classic that I know I will revisit again in the future. 

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