Hot YES or Hot MESS? (I’m sorry I had to)
My Christmas Day read this year was this bundle of laughs and joy. I genuinely think if you’re going to read this book, you need to go in not expecting it to be the next mind-boggling revolutionary piece of work. It’s meant to be savoured and enjoyed when you need a piece of relaxation time. 100% a brilliant holiday read. Lucy Vine has a very likeable tone to her writing that I enjoyed while reading through. I felt it was very fast-paced and easy to get through.
Summary (from GoodReads):
Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn’t turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she’s a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together anyway?
It’s Valentine’s Day and Ellie finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date.
But single doesn’t have to be the loneliest number, does it?
She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates.
It’s ok there’s black mould everywhere, right?
With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now.
Doesn’t everyone hate their job?
Maybe Ellie isn’t following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated.
The reason I mainly picked this up is because I ADORE the Bridget Jones franchise. I think she is such a compelling and relatable character. But, because there had been multiple comparisons to Ellie and Bridget on the cover of the book, I found myself constantly comparing them and viewing Ellie as a character that tried a bit too hard to be this relatable figure.
Her father, was my favourite part of the novel. This, is not to get confused with the attempt he made of writing a Fifty Shades of Grey knock-off novel. I didn’t understand why so much time was devoted to us actually having to sit through pages of that book. Because it was intentionally badly written, you had to actually read through such bad sections and paragraphs of prose. This, in turn, took up a lot of time that could have been spent on the actual quality of the main story and seemed like an attempt to beef up an actual short narrative.
Another thing that I felt was focused a bit too much on was the concept that “Ellie doesn’t need a man to feel happy and complete.” Like okay, we get it, it’s 2019 and some women don’t desire children or a marriage. It doesn’t need to be stated on multiple pages, or made into a big deal. It’s fine, and normal. I think it would have made a bigger impact, had she not spent the ending chapter spewing out a monologue on the constraints women have to fit into a specific image. Ellie could have simply said two sentences about it, and that was that. Most of the demographic that will end up reading this book will be women and they will be more understanding and supportive of this idea, therefore, it’s not needed to be as repeated to make an impact.
Language/Style: 6 points
Story: 5 points
Plot: 5 points
Characters: 6 points
Favourite Quote: “She is like a giant magnet, like those ones they use at the scrap yard to pick up old bangers.”