Sunday, 25 August 2019

Book Review - The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts

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Title: The Plus One
Author: Sophie Money-Coutts
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: HQ Showcase
Publisher: HQ 
Publication Date: 18th April 2019
Rating: 4 Stars

The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none

Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one…
Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim.

But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms…

A laugh-out-loud, toe-curlingly honest debut for fans of Helen Fielding, Bryony Gordon and Jilly Cooper.

What a wonderful debut novel,  full of laughs, charm and an exceedingly relateable main character, Polly.

Some of Polly's inner ramblings had me both laughing but also nodding along in recognition.  She can in some situations be rather awkward and I lived her all the more for it. 

Her job at Posh amused me,  as did her colleagues especially Lala and Legs. My favourite of her assignments was to a private party,  the sort you may not want to admit in public to have gone to!

I enjoyed her fledgling relationship with Jasper, although I was never completely convinced he would be her long term plus one.  I had an inkling about another possible male instead. 

There is even a more serious story line involving Polly's mum that was dealt with sensitively.

A book full of charm and charisma, it is a lovely debut from an author who I look forward to seeing more from in the future.

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

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