Length: 336 pages
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What they say:Chloe Usher has just broken up with the love of her life. All her friends urge her to find another man before she disappears down the slippery slope to spinsterhood. After a particularly messy date and several gins, she decides that she doesn’t need an ‘other half’ to complete her and announces that she is going to marry herself. The news goes viral and, in the sober light of day, Chloe finds herself thrust firmly into the public eye to the embarrassment of her friends and family. Planning her wedding solo takes Chloe on a bumpy journey of self-discovery, as she realises why wish away your life waiting for ‘the one’ when YOU are, in fact, the one?
The review: I read this and then on looking at Netgalley realised with a sinking feeling that I was ahead of myself (rarely happens!) and this was months off being released. I then had two options. Wait, tapping my foot every time I looked in my draft folder or, … yup, I went for option b and released way before the book was even close to being on sale. Only thing was, when I went to Amazon it said that actually, I was totally wrong and here we are-it’s out already! Phew and yay!!!
So, this is the story of Chloe who works in a digital marketing agency called Top Banana in Brighton. From the get-go I knew that this was totally my type of book as her and we meet her and her colleagues as they get too acquainted with each other (she had to sit in a hot tub with them) on a team building exercise. There was that great mix of cringy over the top colleagues and friends you’re relieved she has to get her through a working day in an office that is all about being seen. Chloe’s work for me is actually as much the riveting part of this book. Of course the main part is that after a break up that gives her a shock, Chloe decides to do the honourable thing and marry herself to show how committed she is to, um, herself. I’ll admit I loved some of the sentiments and life lessons that were brought home to us through all of this, but it definitely didn’t hold my attention as much as her life outside all of this, with her work and her friends and family, that were a great mix of likeable and totally unlikable and downright selfish (yes as usual, I didn’t like a character I think we were meant to like and feel for, I was gutted when things took this turn but she brought it on herself(!)). The comedy was right up my street as were the characters that made me nod along and I definitely enjoyed this, and look forward to reading more from Sophie Tanner. Thanks to Trapeze and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.