Review: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

Opening sentence: “I sit and wait for her, my feet swinging under the bench.” To say 35-year-old Jenny McLaine is obsessed with social media is an understatement. When we meet her she is doing important work: “I am creating a social media post about a croissant that I am pretty sure will define me as […]

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Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Opening sentence: “Imagine you’re a bird.” This book gave me one of my, ‘I’m so glad I read this’ moments. I’d heard a few mixed reviews about The Bookish Life of Nina Hill over on Bookstagram and almost didn’t read it, but the gorgeous cover illustration and lure of finding out more about Nina’s (anyone’s, […]

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Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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Opening sentence: “That night, when Mrs. Chamberlain called, Emira could only piece together the words “…take Briar somewhere…” and “…pay you double.” I christened my new Kindle with this book; my last read of 2019, my first review of 2020. Such a Fun Age already has a buzz and having been unable to put it […]

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Audiobook Review: How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

This is my first book by Holly Bourne, she is primarily a YA author and How Do You Like Me Now? is her adult novel debut. I whizzed through this in a few days, this is her funny, witty – and very knowingly cutting – take on the unsaid social and life conventions of women […]

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Review: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Opening sentence: “My dear friend Roz Horowitz met her new husband online dating, and Roz is three years older and fifty pounds heavier than I am, and people have said that she is generally not as well preserved, and so I thought I would try it even though I avoid going online too much.” Young […]

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Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Published in 2018 by Portobello Books / 163 pages / Translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori Opening sentence: “A convenience store is a world of sound.” I just love, love, love quirky, quick books like this. I started reading and thought, ‘I’ll stop at the end of this chapter’ but… there are no chapters, […]

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Review: The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning

Published September 2018 by HarperCollins / 386 pages Opening sentence: “BATTLE OF THE BIG BROTHER BEAUTIES!” I need to start this review with an admission: I have never read Vanity Fair. So the fact that The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp is a contemporary retelling of said book is a little lost on me. […]

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