Book Review: Out with the Ex, In with the New

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?

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

So, it took me several chapters to get invested into this story. It was a good story, but I just couldn’t connect with it as deeply as I originally thought I would have. Towards the middle, I got really into it and couldn’t put it down. 

This was quite a funny read. I found myself laughing out loud through a lot of it. I enjoyed Gemma’s character a lot and it was fun taking this journey with her. She started out so naive but quickly grew into such an awesome strong character. 

I love how this book was inspired by the “youtube” culture we have in our world today. It was fun seeing this through a first person perspective. I feel it was honest in Gemma’s mistakes and missteps and really showed how hard she worked to get to where she is. 

Overall, this was a cute and easy book to get lost in for an afternoon. Thank you kindly to Sophie Ranald, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title. 
Cover art and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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