It was interesting to see how the author used these elements in her story and then balanced them with lighter moments and a dose of humor here and there. The plot itself might involve some cliches, but there is no doubt that it makes for an engaging read and fans of the genre will be more than pleased. Whether you are looking for your next beach read or something to make you forget about the cold winter weather, this story will do the trick.
That said, I did have mixed thoughts about the main characters. It's true that Ginny and Cassie make a very unlikely pair, and I did have a great time following their story and see their relationship grow. Cassie's character is fascinating, with her being an older actress who is no longer as famous as she used to be I liked her sass and 'I don't give a damn' attitude and it was interesting to see other aspects of her personality developed as well. Ginny is an interesting character as well, although I did have issues with some of her character traits and decisions.
Especially those relationship related and how she handles things in general The whole love triangle vibe I could have done without as well, but those are only minor complaints for what is otherwise a very entertaining read. In short, if you are looking for a fast, engaging, funny and sometimes poignant and heartbreaking romcom, this story is without doubt a great choice! I'm having the feeling fans of the genre will love this book. Find more of my reviews here.
But then she meets her downstairs neighbour… Cassie Frost was once a beloved actress, but after a recent mishap, she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job — but can she be persuaded to work for the prickly woman who lives below her floorboards? And when their worlds collide, they realise that bad neighbours could become good friends… Such a great read. Ginny and Cassie are so different, but damn it they are not also the same.
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Friendship has no age limits and one cannot just love them both. Sep 25, Natasha Ellis rated it really liked it. Heavier subject matter than chick lit. Easy read which I enjoyed. Would recommend. Nov 10, Brunilda rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley. Although it had a slow beginning, this book gradually grew on me and made me feel very invested in the story.
I was able to relate to Ginny's character in so many times, she was the typical female in her mid thirties, whose life was crumbling and who didn't know what to do to get out off that situation. She allowed her insecurities to get the best of her and she was scared of taking big steps. I can totally understand that, there are some periods in life when you think that you are not good for anything and you allow your fears and angst to take over.
However, when you understand that your success depends exclusively on you, things will fall into place and that's what I saw here. Even though a bit slow and with lots of bumps on the way, it was really nice to see how much character growth Ginny showed to us. Cassie was a gem hahahah. I loved her so much and from time to time, I would catch myself comparing specific parts of this plot to the story of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a book that became one of my favorites this year.
I appreciated Cassie's personality so much, she was always giving us the vibe "I don't care about shit" in the most hilarious moments. Of course that, the more her story got developed, the more we understood that she wanted to have that thick skin to avoid getting hurt.
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Their interaction was fantastic. We had Ginny, who was always loving, sweet and caring, wishing to look after Cassie and helping her navigate this new journey of her non existing career. And on the other side we had Cassie, who always had witty comebacks and who wasn't having any bullshit from anyone, including Ginny. Two different personalities that clicked so well. I have to admit that there were times when I felt envious of their relationship.
The reason my rating was not that high I know you wanted to have kids and that you were willing to do stupid things for that, but if it's not happening via natural ways, try some others. That really got on my nerves and in many times I wanted to DNT this book because of it! To sum it up, if you don't mind the baby thing and really want to get to know more about Ginny and Cassie's friendship, I totally recommend this book for you. Ginny and Cassie are neighbours who become unlikely friends.
Ginny works in PR until she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her boss awkward! Cassie is a has-been actress who gets edited as the villain in the most recent season of I'm A Celebrity. Ginny desperately needs a job. So why not help the diva downstairs clean up her public image a bit? And thus begins a beautiful friendship.
And it is a beautiful friendship. There's an age difference of about 20 years, which would make it e Ginny and Cassie are neighbours who become unlikely friends. There's an age difference of about 20 years, which would make it easy to slide into a more mother-daughter kind of thing, but it never does. They are friends who have a profound impact on each other's lives, even if they don't always notice it themselves.
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I wasn't expecting this to go quite as dark as it did view spoiler [Cassie is depressed and attempts suicide. Obviously there's a romance element in this, since it deals with a newly single thirty-something woman, but romance is never the main focus. The core element of the story is friendship, not just between Ginny and Cassie, and not just the "pretty" parts of friendships. Which makes it a realistic portrayal of a woman in her thirties. There are some bad choices, a few lucky breaks, the realisation that parents are also flawed people, and one gigantic assumption based on very little information.
That assumption bumps this down from a 4-star to a 3-star read for me. Miscommunication is one thing, but in this case there's just no communication at all. Ginny just assumes she knows what her boyfriend's thinking and therefore never has an actual conversation with him.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nov 14, Chantiece Bates rated it really liked it. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I started this book and from the first page I thought 'wow this is the book for me'. It read lightly and enjoyable. It was clear it was probably going to be chick-lit but I got more than I expected when I judged it by the description and cover never judge a book by it's cover ha-ha! The book was light, but not just focused on the male characters and also the female friendships which took place throughout the story. Although, I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Although, as the story went on I found myself getting more and more irritated by the main character, some of her decisions are questionable at best. I also found the description 'bad neighbours become good friends' I don't really feel they were bad neighbours to start with - if they did then I definitely missed it. There was also some character, yes Nancy I'm talking to you, who I thought really didn't have a place in the book and I couldn't really understand why they were ever included and their sections seemed random.
Despite this, the characters were genuinely likable and you were definitely rooting for them although I think the focus on friendship meant that I didn't feel overly attached to their love lives. There was also lose ends that I didn't feel got tied up - maybe they'll be a sequel! But personally, I think a '5 years later' etc.
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I enjoyed the book and it was an easy read however it did not have that 'I can't put this book down' feel about it which left me disappointed as I felt it had so much potential. That said, I would definitely read more by this author! New neighbour - developer Lend Lease - has formed a unique partnership with the local community to deal with youth issues head-on. Lend Lease is offering up money, time and employees to mentor local kids.
Young professionals in suits now frequent the pool table at the youth centre and the flash new Lend Lease HQ down the road has become an after-school pit stop for the "mentees". Corporate types are getting used to working alongside street-smart teenagers doing their homework on Lend Lease laptops. Ex-Oasis star Liam, meanwhile, has been travelling the globe with his hit debut solo album As You Were.
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