By Emma Jane Unsworth
Published by HarperCollins January 2020
What it’s about?
Jenny McLaine is 35. She writes her own column for a magazine, she owns her own house and her life looks perfect – on Instagram.
In reality her career is stalling, she has split up with her trendy photographer boyfriend and to pay the Bill’s she has a house full of lodgers she can’t stand.
Jenny’s obsession with social media is taking over her life and her behaviour is becoming so erratic that her best friend and her mother are staging a much needed intervention.
What I think:
There were parts of this book I really enjoyed and parts where I nearly gave up.
Jenny is so self-absorbed that for the first half of the book I just didn’t like her enough to care. The writing style is almost a modern social media influenced stream of consciousness in places and takes a while to get used to.
As the book progressed and the different threads of Jenny’s story came together I did empathise more with her.
Her relationship with photographer ex-boyfriend feeds Jenny’s insecurities and her obsession with social media, while taken to an extreme, is realistic and both amusing and horrifying.
By the end of the book I was enjoying the characters and their relationship. Post-intervention Jenny is still flawed and insecure but she has completely reevaluate her life and is far less pretentious and superficial.
I think this a 3.5/5 for me overall. Jenny is definitely a lit more “adult” by the end of the book.
Thanks Netgalley and HarperCollins for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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