Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Book Review - One In A Million by Lindsey Kelk - Blog Tour

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Title: One In A Million
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 5th July 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Everyone wants that special someone….

Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her own business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just 30 days.

And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.

But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the 30 days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…

Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is My Fair Lady for the social media age – and the perfect summer read.

I can see why this is being described as a modern day My Fair Lady, it really is turning someone from nothing on social media into a proper instagram influencer at least in terms of follower count.  Of course the person being transformed is rather reluctant and its all come about as a result of a bet thanks to the overly competitive Annie Higgins. 

I was laughing early on when Annie was referred to as Professor Higgins by the person she made the bet with regarding her social media prowess.  And that isn't the only nod to My Fair Lady in the book, I probably missed some references but there was one quite late on that made me smile 

Setting aside my clear love of a musical, we have a fabulous contemporary story that really resonated with me, especially since like Annie I seem to keep an eye on my phone and emails at all times of day, night, weekends regardless of if I was meant to be having downtime.  Ironically as I know how much I tend to enjoy Lindsey Kelk books I read most of it while being deliberately separated from technology for a few hours and I was loving the book until I had to go back and check my emails!! 

This is full of Kelk's trademark humour, so much to laugh at, and there is a message about social media in the book too.  I loved Dr Samuel Page, and seeing him come alive in Annie's boyfriend bootcamp is rather enjoyable, and surprising.  

So many scenes that I thoroughly enjoyed and I loved the banter between Annie and her co-workers and the advertising agency across the hall from them too. It is all just a lot of fun. 

The entire book takes place in just over a month, with most chapters starting with the date, some with an update on the bet with latest follower counts.  The question is will Annie succeed in turning a relatively unknown historian, with too much facial hair and bad dress sense, into an instantly recognisable instagram that everyone wants to follow?   Well you need to read to find out, and see just how much this bet affects the lives of both people. 

This is a very witty, well thought out story from a fabulous author, who knows exactly what she is doing and does it so brilliantly.  To me its not as great as the I Heart series the author is most known for, but its still an excellent book. 

Thank you to Harper for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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