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Review: Lucy Vine's Hot Mess

Lucy Vine is pushing Bridget Jones off the single girl bookshelf with her debut novel, Hot Mess.

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“How’s your love life?” they ask.

You’ll cringe if you’ve ever been accosted by this question. Funny how people seem obsessed with our love life when we’re single, but don’t seem too bothered about asking coupled folk how they’re getting on between the sheets. For all we know the oh-so-happy couple at the bar could actually be the most miserable people on the face of the earth, but they’re putting on a show for you, the singleton, waiting for yet another date.

As if we don’t have enough to think about, between re-writing our tinder bio and trying to look engaged when he’s talking about the new Eurostar trains (yes, really!), we’ve hardly got any patience left for such an invasive question about our romantic pursuits. We can all thank Bridget Jones for the sympathetic looks we’re confronted with when we inform said nosey friend/family member/cab driver that we are in fact (still) single. They’ll somehow make you feel as though you should be crying into your glass of wine every night, whilst singing along to All By Myself.

'Hot Mess' by Lucy Vine pushes Bridget Jones off the singleton bookshelf, as heroin Ellie pulls single gals (and single guys) into the modern-day realities of being unattached in the Big Smoke. Forget a narrative punctuated by calorie counting, 'Hot Mess' is a refreshing take on the pressures faced by a single girl – from dating apps to flat sharing. Bursting with laugh-out-loud moments, you’ll be left gasping for breath as you’re gripped by Vine’s à la Sophie Kinsella humour. Equally, you’ll shed a tear or two as you accompany Ellie on her parallel journey of living through the grief of losing a parent.

Once you start reading this book, you won’t want to put it down. It will go everywhere with you. Whether you’re hopping off the tube to go flat hunting, you’re stranded in a gîte on a French mountainside with no internet, or you’ve returned from another disastrous tinder date and are looking for a laugh – this book won’t disappoint. What’s more, the ending is anything but clichéd.

Relatable, hilarious and loveable.

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