Lynsey's novels are always a dream to read. Easy to take in, follow and to get stuck in. I always pick up a new read from her and she's quickly become one of my favourite authors in her genre.
It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…
But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!
Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!
This book has probably my favourite cover of all Lynsey's books. It's simple, classic and beautiful, which is no wonder why I wanted to review this book for Neverland Blog Tours. Yes, I received a free copy for this review BUT all opinions are my own.
This story follows the story of Cleo Jones as she goes through a journey of self-discovery. We start off by learning that Cleo originally wanted to be a professional dancer (hello inner self) until a tragic car accident caused her to break her leg in two places and her dreams were crushed. To add insult to injury, she keeps getting rejected for the teaching positions she keeps applying for.
Throughout the story, we follow Cleo as she attends her Carb Counters meeting with her friend Emma and fellow weight loser Zara. They're all trying to reach their separate goals and live a better life. Along with Carb Counters, Cleo also attends the gym sometimes, where she meets Scott as he helps her out of an awkward situation with one the machines.
When her school bully, Amanda, gets's in touch, inviting her to a school reunion Cleo thinks about declining immediately. When she then starts popping up at the local pub and gym to steal away Scott, Cleo decided to change things and accepts a lot more than just her invitation to the reunion.
This book is the perfect summer read, full of self-discovery, friendship and unlikely places to find love. There's lots of humour thrown in and I found myself chuckling along with the characters. Overall, a bloody wonderful book that will give you all the female empowerment you need.
Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)
A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She hasn't looked back since.
When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…