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The Sunday Times best seller.

Jenny McLaine can’t afford her mortgage since her ex moved out, is about to get dumped by her best friend, spends all day online-stalking women with picture-perfect lives. 

And now her mother has appeared on her doorstep, unbidden, to save the day.... Is Jenny ready to grow up and rescue herself this time? Again.

©2019 Emma Jane Unsworth (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"I loved it! Dazzling observations and snarky one-liners, with a heroine who is vulnerable, funny, intelligent and feels So real. I wish I'd written it!" (Marian Keyes)

‘Confronting, heartbreaking and hilarious - a timely parable for modern anxiety as well as a timeless examination of men, women, sex, desire, friendship, family and the female psyche...I completely and utterly adored it." (Dolly Alderton)

"So funny, arch and tender...A must-read For anyone who has ever wondered what it means to be a daughter, a friend or a mother, when sometimes you don't even know how to be yourself." (Jessie Burton)

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I have to admit the first half of this book I couldn’t get into, the main character is not likeable at all. Being 33 myself I really couldn’t believe a 35 year old was still so obsessed with instagram or that self absorbed. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot! But I preserved as the book had such good reviews and I’m glad I did But I wouldn’t recommend listening to the book. Many of the chapters are so short, so a lot made no sense to me. (Some chapters go back in time) I didn’t even realise the chapters had titles as I didn’t find that clear at all. (Until about half way through when I just so happened to be looking at the app and it all made sense!) I listened to the last chapter over and over but I still have no clue what the last word is. And I’m not sure how the first chapter fits in to the story either. So I think I will have to purchase a copy and read the book, as I did enjoy the last half of the book when things came together but I did find that I predicted all of the ‘twists’. I also really can’t believe after everything that has happened she still gives her ex the time of day!!

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Utterly brilliant

I was ready to not love this because I’m not a fan of Instagram ‘look at my life’ fakes but my god this blew me away. So witty, poignant and very, very clever. So many relationships are explored and exposed, so many lines made me laugh out loud and I found myself identifying with Jenny on more than a few occasions. Emma Jane Unsworth is utterly brilliant and the performance by the narrator was perfect.

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Loved it!

Moving story that had me in tears of joy & sadness wonderfully brought to life by Chloe Massey! I couldn’t put it down... well whatever the audio equivalent of that is!

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I absolutely loved this book!

I absolutely loved this book! There are so many relatable moments that I cannot begin to describe how aligned I felt towards the main characters life experience. I hope there will be a sequel...please god let there be a sequel!?!

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Kind of annoying

I think this book is supposed to be 'relatable' for people in their mid-30s navigating relationships, work and social media but the characters are all so unrealistic and annoying that I felt no sympathy for any of them. It starts off ok but becomes more ludicrous as it goes along, and I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. I did enjoy listening to a northern narrator for once though.

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Loved it!

Loved it! Emma Jane Unsworth is an absolute G. Fantastic narration too. Is the millennial Bridget Jones only sharper, more painful and with some great gags.

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Surprising

A 30 something in trendy London. Drawn into the vortex of social media until she loses her grip on what is real and important for her. Unconventional and a surprising ending. Loved the reader, just right for this character

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Loved it!

An easy listen funny book! Really enjoyed it! A must listen during lockdown and thought Chloe Massey was perfect!

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Dull - I kept drifting off

The topic interested me but the main character (Jenny) and the story were too dull to keep me interested. It seemed that Jenny's entire life consisted of herself, her anxiety which of course was fulled by her smartphone and social media. She seemed to do or think nothing about other people. I get it but for me, this was a boring listen. It might have been more enjoyable in print rather than audio as my eyes rolled and i switched off every time I heard Jenny's tweets - punctuation marks too e.g. "question mark question mark question mark .." "exclamation mark exclamation mark..". I made it to the end but i have no idea really what the point of this book was

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Social media described to a T

One of the most exciting writers I've read in a long time. The story meanders in a real-life way, the characters are complex and whole and there is real wisdom here. The social media element is well-handled and I loved how all the minutiae of feelings are described with each post and like. The psychic mother character is incredible, I love her. Parts of the writing are achingly beautiful and feel like poetry. The writing is tight throughout and perfectly complemented by the narration.