Chick lit

My Year of Saying No by Maxine Morrey

The beginning of this book starts off a little abruptly. We have Lottie Wentworth starting her year of saying ‘No’ on the heels of her year of saying ‘yes’. We go back a bit to see how the latter came about and what the current year means to her. Lottie is a little insecure about a few things, but in other spheres of her life, she is very confident and self-assured. She is a virtual assistant and runs her own business. She has all the functioning parts of an entertaining character: a loving family with a mildly mean sister, a vivacious best friend on the brink of starting a whole new relationship, a new dog, a secret crush she is sort-of pining over.

This last bit was surprisingly acceptable. There are multiple upheavals, and each time, Lottie does not obsess about it. She has sad moments, but they are in the background of her regular routine. It does not eclipse her whole being. This rarely happens in stories like this, and it was very refreshing. This is essentially the story of how Lottie gets a fresh lease of life when she decides to say no to things she doesn’t want to do. It is also the prolonged story of how Lottie and Seb end up together ( or do they?). Overall I would recommend this to readers of the genre. I would have liked it even more if it was a tiny bit shorter.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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