Chick lit

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

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When I started reading and encountered Birdy and her thoughts for the first time, I was apprehensive about my reading experience. I have been ploughing through a ton of books this year and might even beat out my usual tally( some I enjoyed more than the others), so I thought I would just need to work my way through it and review it in a neutral manner. One of the main reasons was the reliance on getting drunk in the initial stages. I knew going in that it is a book where the lead character is a wine expert, but I hoped for something more. Luckily for me, I got that something more about halfway in.
This is one of the rare books where the lead protagonist, whether she is the right or not, puts in the grunt work required. The work she does is detailed within the story’s framework and is not just left to our imagination. I should now move a couple of paces back and talk about the plotline (although the blurb does it all in detail, as does the cover itself!)
Birdy has had a flighty life (sorry for the pun, I couldn’t help myself – maybe I saw it somewhere), she has not had a happy upbringing. The one constant in her life is her friend. This friend is willing to turn down a job at a Scottish castle in order to spend secret time with a man who is not exactly treating her right. Birdy is torn between being supportive and realistic. In the midst of all this, she impersonates said friend at an award ceremony that forces her to continue the charade much further than is safe.
Up till this point, it seemed like the lead protagonist was not a concrete enough person to carry the weight of the book. Then she decides that hard work could tide her through and ensure that all the people depending on her are not in trouble. The pages that outline the events that follow are what endeared the book and the character to me. It fits into the genre by providing a much better ending than I thought was possible, given how the events were unfolding.
I am late on the review for this since there have been quite a few varying reviews floating around online, but I will tack on my own recommendation (for those who read the genre) for this book to others who did the same.
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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