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?
This book was previously published as the Truth About Gemma Grey.
When you read a feel good book, you are certain about one thing : a happy ending. It does not mean that the whole story is captured in a rosy cloud, that violins are playing or that everything is lovey-dovey.
More than once the road to happiness is very bumpy and twisty, but in the end you get where you want to be.
When you are being dumped, you are on a rollercoaster of emotions. You are sad, angry and a lot of scenarios for revenge go through your mind.
Suddenly you realise your heart is on the mend and it’s time to do what’s good for you. That’s when you know you are on the right track.
This story is about turning your life around for more than one of the characters. It’s nice to see them change and grow towards happiness and how they put themselves first instead of living in the shadow of someone else.
Even though this genre includes serious subjects, the whole is always made a little lighter due to the funny situations. 4 stars.
Thank you, Sophie Ranald and Bookouture.
About the author
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. Her second, third and fourth novels followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.
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