Olivia has been a TV newsreader for years and when her husband unexpectedly leaves, she sends him a drunken video message in the hope of luring him back. Only problem is the sexy tape ends up online and she loses her job. Heading to laidback Byron Bay to regroup, she ends up dog- and house-sitting for a sex toy businessman, fuelled by the fantasy confessions of other women.
Despite its interesting setting and issues raised around sexism and sexuality, this book and characters just didn’t do it for me.
Australian scriptwriter J.D. Barrett's latest novel, The Upside of Over, is about about break-ups, breakdowns and breakthroughs. The summary says: "What happens when one of the country's most popular identities goes from reading the news to being the news?
Olivia Law had always been the good girl. Great grades, perfect career, husband, house and hairdo. She'd learnt image was everything so she refused to look below the surface of her life. When not at work, her minutes were filled with causes, chairing boards and dining at fabulous restaurants with her equally fabulous husband, David. She kept up the Botox, blow-dries and worked hard. It wasn't enough, but whenever doubt crept in she'd head to a pilates class or plan a renovation on her trophy house.
Then she turned 45. Olivia wasn't prepared for David to leave. The fact that they hadn't had sex for two years should have triggered warning bells ... it didn't.
In an attempt to fix her broken marriage, Olivia exposes herself like never before. But when her confession goes viral, the husband, house and job disappear. The woman who once offered glamorous reassurance and a steady gaze is labelled a princess of perversion. Humiliated, defeated, facing fifty shades of failure, she's left wondering who the hell she really is? Stripped bare, she abandons perfection ... and something remarkable happens. Olivia Law just might get her sass back (and this time, it's the real thing)." The Upside of Over is out in April 2018.