Living the Dream, by Lauren Berry
Published by Virago Press Ltd, 2nd August 2018
Genres: Chick-lit, humour
Source: gift, via Willoughby Book Club
My first book from my Willoughby Book Club subscription!! This was a very exciting day, because how often do you get a book in the mail, without having even an inkling of what it will be!? Well, it doesn’t happen very often to me, so I was excited!!
My best friend bought the subscription for me as a Birthday-Christmas present (for more info on this amazing subscription service, see my post here) and so I knew it would be great, because nobody knows me better than her, and I wasn’t disappointed!!
Living the Dream has been called “a funny quarter-life crisis tale”, which very much hit home with me (28, no “career”, not sure where I’m going or what I’m doing in life). I dived right in and devoured it.
The tone is light and funny, but not so much as to mask the very real feelings of frustration, despair and confusion with which the characters struggle. As a twenty-something still struggling to find my place in the world, I can relate to both Emma and Clem, the best friend protagonists, and I recognized myself in many of their dilemmas.
Whether or not to stick with a soul-sucking job because it pays well and you need the money. The joys of living with your parents as an adult. The self-doubt surrounding taking a big leap into the unknown with a passion very close to your heart. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun for you!
All in all, it was a very enjoyable read and a great recommendation from Willoughby Book Club, looking forward to my next picks!!
My rating: 4/5