friendship, women's fiction, relationships, family
July 13, 2017
Hot Mess [n.] - someone who is often in a state of disarray, while remaining attractive in spite of their flaws, and repeatedly finds themselves in uncomfortable predicaments. 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 before they're thirty? It's Valentine's Day and Ellie Knight 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. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to - a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.
I’m not quite the right age group for this I realised when I didn’t understand some of the references – clearly some were rather naughty, but perhaps I’m best off not knowing?
Still, I found it a enjoyable and funny book to read.
I loved the children and the office loos and had to read the section about the ‘virgin’ cocktails out to my husband as I thought it brilliant, as were the questions about periods. And oh, if we all could have not had them and had a choice…
For someone in the 20s and 30s I think that the adventures of the characters will really resonate. But as reader over 60 I object to having our smooches as being thought yucky! We still quite like kissing… and more…