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Out With the Ex, In With the New
Author: Sophie Ranald
Publication Date: 03 December 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction – Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Gemma didn’t expect her life to look like this. She’s still living with her mother, who steals her leggings and tells her off for leaving crumbs in the butter. After twenty failed interviews she thought she’d got her dream job as a journalist – except it turns out to be writing articles about cats that look like George Clooney. Luckily she has her wonderful boyfriend, Jack, to help her forget just how awful things are.
Then Jack dumps her out of the blue. With nothing but her childhood teddy bear, Stanley, and a whole heap of heartbreak, Gemma resolves to turn things around. She throws herself into her new job and soon she’s hanging out with cheeky, golden-haired hunk Charlie, eating in swanky restaurants and sipping trendy cocktails – and her old life seems like a distant memory.
But it’s not long until her shiny new world starts to lose its sparkle – and Gemma misses the days of wearing battered pink converse and eating peanut butter on toast in bed. Then Jack turns up, backpack in tow, and things start to go wrong with Charlie. ‘Out with the old, in with the new’, the saying goes. But what happens if neither one is quite right?
This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy is for anyone who’s ever cried their eyes out to love songs after a break-up or accidentally drunk-texted their ex. Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk will love this unmissable read which is all about falling in love with the most important person: yourself!
Sophie Ranald is known for her heartwarming contemporary fiction that’s laced with some good laughs. Out With the Ex, In With the New is no exception.
Poor Gemma just can’t catch a break. She finally lands her first career position out of university to find out that her long-term boyfriend Jack wants to go galavanting around the world with his best friend Olivia in tow. Of course he promises that they will work things out and that everything will be wonderful…until he decides to send a Dear John letter via email.
Determined to put the past behind her, Gemma focuses on her vlogging, which eventually connects her with Charlie (a vlogging celebrity). As they start dating, Gemma begins to question her life decisions and whether she wants to be a part of the vlogging community anymore or be with Charlie.
This story definitely gives an interesting insight into the vlogging community as Gemma creates her different videos and interacts with the YouTube like community. As someone who is doesn’t take part in that community, I didn’t find it all that relatable, but it was still fascinating nonetheless.
Gemma is a bit of a mess, but that is to be expected for a 24 year old who is just trying to figure out what she wants and needs out of line. Her relationship entanglements are all over the place, but it’s clear that Gemma is finally coming into her own skin rather than simply doing what is expected of her.
Overall, if you’re looking for a heartwarming read with a protagonist you can cheer for, pick this one up.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing an eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.
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