Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy - Lucy-Anne Holmes
Source: Courtesy of Sphere
'My love story may not be the sort you read about in books or see in films . . . Love stories have glorious highs and ghastly lows. But when it comes to my own life, I'd have to say, you can keep your fabulous highs and I'll happily steer clear of the terrible lows.'
After a rocky start in life, Jenny Taylor, 27, star receptionist at the local doctors surgery, has things all worked out thanks to a list of ten daily things she must do to keep the blues at bay. But her life is turned upside down when she meets aspiring musician Joe King. And reliable boyfriend Matt proposes. And then her mum leaves her dad and moves into Jenny's flat determined to 'bond'.
I have just giggled reading my review notes I made for this book. I was straight away transported back to reading it a few days ago and absolutely loved it all over again. That wasn't the only thing I giggled at mind. My tale on heroine Jenny Taylor read as this: (Did have to remove a bit for spoilers)
** Jenny Taylor, but everyone calls her Fanny (genitalia). She has a history of depression, her dad's a prick who has belittled her all her life. She has one boss friend Phillipa. She's 27. Not Phillipa Jenny. She lives by the smiling Fanny manifesto written for her to stay strong mentally by Pillippa. Them two together are hysterical! I want to be their mate. She lives with Al a six foot flaming haired lummox who works for the council and who she's slept with loadsa times, they're just mates though and she has a fella called Matt. She's proper dead nice you know. **
Oh yes, I am hanging my head in shame that those are my Jenny notes. You'd be shocked if you ever saw my notes before I change them into real words. Scouse is rife and I'm sure you wouldn't understand any of it.
Anyway, enough about my notes. Well not about Jenny though. Oh god this review is doomed with my waffle! Sorry everyone, sorry Lucy-Anne, sorry Sphere haha.
So basically that gives you the lowdown, the only thing missing is that her fella is a bit of a tit and Jenny becomes trapped in a three way situation that's throws her completely.
As you can tell from my verbal diarrhea above I absolutely loved this book. After reading (un)like a virgin by Lucy-Anne Holmes last year I knew this was going to be good. It was more than good though it is brilliant. The way she writes is amazing. It's fast, quirky and fun. Her ideas and balancing of characters, situations and nonsense is fantastic. It really does make a special read.
I constantly howled with laughter, and being thirty-one with two kids and lack of muscles in places this proved difficult ;)
The term Bit-Twitching had me floored and I will be robbing it for my own personal amusement.
I also loved the constant use of the word Twat! As you know, I'm partial to a good swear word and Lucy-Anne Holmes never let me down. I loved absolutely everything about it I honestly did. I couldn't put it down and I was mortified when it finished.
There was one part I loved most though and that was Joe King. I'm not a Ryan Gosling pretty boy girl at all so a man who looks like he could be in Kings Of Leon is a man that's more than OK with me. If you know
me personally you will know that Nathan Followill from KOL is my secret husband. So obviously he was my Joe King.
So I know, I'm really just getting on your nerves and waffling crap, but at least you know by now that this book is beyond brilliant. So I'll stop now and let you go see for yourself how brilliant it actually is.
The cover states the book is Hilarious, Romantic & Honest, it's not. It's so so much more.
Worth well more than 5.