The Debt & The Doormat - Laura Barnard
Source: Author Request
Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of uni. Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart. Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates. There’s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan. Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down. Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine. Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets she’s scared they’ll spill out any minute. With a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas, life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy. And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over. Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding? And will she want to?
The Debt and The Doormat follows best friends Poppy and Jazz as they drunkenly decide to do a life swap to help each other with their own personal issues, Poppy's being heartbroken and half of her former self because of that and Jazz being £5000 in debt after being cut off from her wealthy mother.
This is a very hard review for me to write because with a few tweaks this book could be really good. It is just spoiled by silly little mistakes and because of them causes you to get bored and roll your eyes a lot. My issues I had with this book was that the book was narrated by Poppy alone, two reasons this didn't work for me was that she wasn't introduced at all until later on into the story. It kinds of defeats the purpose of the book really because we follow Poppy with her journey, but see only snippets of Jazz's through Poppy's descriptions. If the book would have been dual narrated it would have done the title justice and possibly would have given the book the extra boost it needs. It also has way too much drama in it, no one is that clueless, clumsy, nor accident probe. It makes you just think oh come on really? I'm not saying this is a bad story though, it's actually quite alright apart from that. It has fun parts in and also has a nice selection of characters. It's just a shame that's all.