Good Morning All,
Happy Sunday! Sunday is my favourite day for reading and writing reviews as I always feel like I have all the time in the world to relax and focus wholly on books. I am not ashamed to admit that I was lazing in bed until midday today finishing this book and I enjoyed every single moment of it.
Look at Me Now by Simone Goodman
Thank you to Boldwood Books and the author Simone Goodman for this advanced readers copy in return for an honest review.
Gracie is a small fry TV chef, working on a show that is quite honestly stale and unwatched. Along with her best friend Faith they pitch a saucier, racier TV show to the producers and are given the go ahead to film. Though things are looking up for Gracie in her career, her private life isn’t going well. Her relationship with her boyfriend is lacklustre to say the least and pairing that with the extra attention she’s getting from her job, Gracie gets herself into all sorts of mischief, relying on her friends and new colleagues to pull her through. But in the end, only Gracie herself can build up her self esteem and
General Thoughts 🤔
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s romantic. It’s funny. It’s heart warming. It’s everything I want from a good chick-lit. I sometimes struggle with chick-lits being a little too cheesy for my liking, but this book didn’t make me want to cringe at all (apart from when it was supposed to!). I also struggle with some chick-lits being so sappy, they’re unrealistic. Again, I didn’t suffer with that with this book and could imagine this storyline actually playing out in real life.
The obvious character to start with is Gracie. She’s real and funny and a bit out of her depth at times which just made me love her even more. She came across as a little naive at times which I found endearing.
The understated character for me was Carlos. I thought he was absolutely hilarious and would have loved to have seen more of him in the book (though I totally accept that would have been a very different storyline).
Writing Style ✍🏽
The writing is easy to follow, the story flowed nicely and all of the funny parts were delivered brilliantly. I liked that the chapters weren’t enormously long in length; it made reading feel easy going and breezy which is what I think a chick-lit should feel like.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I believe this to be Simone Goodman’s debut novel and I think she’s done an absolutely marvellous job. I’m smiling writing this now, which is what I was doing when I was reading the book. This book works for those looking for a giggle, those looking for some romance and those looking to just kick back and indulge in a good story. I’ll definitely look out for future Simone Goodman books.