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LAUREN BERRY

 

Living The Dream (2017)

 

Best friends Clementine Twist and Emma Derringer share a love for writing and dislike for their day job – Emma is a PA for an advertising company and Clem is a receptionist in a nightclub. Emma writes her own blog and hopes to have some of her stories published while Clem is a screenwriter looking for a producer for her script and hoping to pay her way out of her stepfather’s house.
I liked how Clem and Emma’s friendship stays strong even through difficult times. Throughout one-night stands, ex-boyfriends, weddings and pregnancies, Emma and Clem are always there for each other. The novel is enjoyable and well-paced, and Emma and Clem are likable and relatable as two young women still trying to figure out what they want for their lives. I didn’t get a real feeling about the other characters in the novel but I quite liked Yasmin, Emma and Clem’s friend, who at the beginning seems annoying and snobbish but turns out to be a quite funny and good character, and Paul, Emma’s friend and flatmate, who is always there for her and whose ironic remarks and childish behaviour made me smile. This is a humorous and sharp novel about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world. (NP) 7/10

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