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Book Review – Out With The Ex, In With The New @bookouture #BookReview #BooksOnTour #contemporary

Many thanks to publisher Bookouture for my spot on this Blog Tour.

I generally don’t read chick-lit or any of the lighter books, unless well recommended. This book pulled me in due to its title. That resonated with me… 😂

Gemma was a part of a couple till Jack broke off with her over an email. Her heartbroken story went viral via vlogging and YouTube. An overnight sensation with a good job and product endorsement deals, Gemma had it made. But something was missing wasn’t it?

My first book by Sophie Ranald, I liked Gemma. She came across as honest and endearing. Her life felt more like a whirlpool when she wanted shallow calm waters. Most times I felt she was thrown into the deep end and had to learn to swim. The author brought out quite a few facets of her personality with her writing.

The story moved with its own winding ways with relationships, attraction, and friendships. The YouTube culture was well shown, something which so far I have stayed away. The flow of writing and story went off the rails many a time. But I supposed most chick-lit did the same.

Overall, this story was something new for me. Still unsure about the YouTube culture.The author could show Gemma’s struggle in trying to stay afloat well. She was the driving force in the book. A fun read for people who like chic-lit.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s.

As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself.

Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.

Gemma didn’t expect her life to look like this. She’s still living with her mother, who steals her leggings and tells her off for leaving crumbs in the butter. After twenty failed interviews she thought she’d bagged her dream job as a journalist – except it turns out to be writing articles about cats that look like George Clooney. Luckily she has her wonderful boyfriend, Jack, to help her forget just how rubbish things are.

Then Jack dumps her out of the blue. With nothing but her childhood teddy bear, Stanley, and a whole heap of heartbreak, Gemma resolves to turn things around. She throws herself into her new job and soon she’s hanging out with cheeky, golden-haired hunk Charlie, eating in swanky restaurants and sipping trendy cocktails – and her old life seems like a distant memory.

But it’s not long until her shiny new world starts to lose its sparkle – and Gemma misses the days of wearing battered pink converse and eating peanut butter on toast in bed. Then Jack turns up, backpack in tow, and things starts to go wrong with Charlie. ‘Out with the old, in with the new’, the saying goes. But what happens if neither one is quite right?

Publication Date: December 2019

Publisher: Bookouture

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