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Publisher's Summary

A Stylist must-read & a Red Magazine Best Book of 2018.

'Turning 30 is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.'

Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey? 

There's no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. She's inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her best-selling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot.

But Tori Bailey has been living a lie. 

Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won't even talk about getting engaged. And when her best friend Dee - her plus one, the only person who understands the madness - falls in love, suddenly Tori's in terrifying danger of being left behind.

When the world tells you to be one thing and turning 30 brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path.

It's time for Tori to practice what she's preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?

The debut adult novel by best-selling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your 30s.

©2018 Holly Bourne (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"Funny, real and heartbreaking. I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years." (Lucy Vine) 

"Gave me all of the feelings...this generation's Bridget Jones." (Carmel Harrington)

"Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception." (Lucy Diamond)

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Hilarious and relatable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - definitely one you’d recommend to your girlfriends. Hilarious, heartfelt and relatable for 20-somethings and 30-somethings as we struggle to live up to expectations of what life “should be”. Awesome performance too.

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  • JB
  • 15-11-2018

Can I get a like

This book failed to hold my attention. It was obvious from the outset what the state of Tor’s relationship was and only she couldn’t see it. Despite the excellent narration from Tuppence nothing could lift this dreary reflection of the current desire to get more likes on social media and the current obsession with having the “perfect life” at least that what everyone should think from the outside The story didn’t really go anywhere, not the story for me

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  • MuddledMummyMoss
  • 21-09-2018

Excellent Narrator - not the story for me

You can’t fault Tuppence Middletown performance she is totally wonderful as Tor and does great accents and is very easy to listen to! However, the story just wasn’t for me! The character of Tor is hard to like, she is Ok, Fallible which does make her slightly better but I just didn’t get it! All throughout she was with a man that she didn’t love, that didn’t love her and she couldn’t see it- her book/career didn’t match her weak personality and it just dragged on and on and on. It’s a young woman’s book at best - as a 32 year old I just thought it a bit silly!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2018

Funny, sharp and very relevant

The book really hits on the current obsession with social media and showing the 'best' side of your life. It's very funny and I think will hit a cord with women around their late 20's and early 30's, especially the scenes from the cringey weddings and baby shower. Would definitely recommend for an entertaining but thought provoking listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2018

The beginning of the book is excellent.

I’m struggling to write a review for this book, the beginning was excellent and the book is so relatable it hurts sometimes. I found myself saying YES audibly when she talks about women’s expectations in society. It is a very clever book that examines what it means to be a woman, an it’s super relatable but the storyline is tedious at times.

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  • Sophie
  • 04-11-2018

Great read for 30-somethings

Honest, funny and very close to home. Recommended for anyone who doesn't know what they're doing or as a gift for your friends who are too scared to leave their useless boyfriends.

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  • Vanessa Wiley Crane
  • 25-10-2018

Fab!! made me laugh out loud

I enjoyed this book immensely, funny,sad. A few home truths. I’m sure most women can relate to some of the issues Tore goes through. Loved loved loved it .Thank you. Vanessa C

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  • Rachel
  • 19-10-2018

Life dominated by likes

This book is remarkable in its portrayal of a character who’s life only counts if it gets lots of likes and comments and her picture is taken at the right angle. I found it fascinating in its shallowness and sad if people like the lead character actually exist.

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  • Lyll
  • 28-08-2018

Best book I have listened in a while

True, honest point of view or an early 30th woman who is struggling with relationship and finding its life when everyone around her is following the rules of the society. I’m so glad to have listened to this! Thank you!

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  • Miss Alexandra Rinck
  • 13-07-2018

loved it - paradigm shift inducing

Bourne has written another gem. It is the opposite of clichèd: funny, surprising, and with substance. It grapples with gender equality, social media, love (romantic and platonic) and happiness. A persuasive narrative with themes that stay in your mind and give you a slight paradigm shift.

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  • Kate
  • 17-06-2018

Witty, relatable but could go further

Not the kind of book I usually go for, but found it witty and entertaining- and I would happily read more of Holly Bourne's future writing. Whilst much of the satirising of social media, the self help world and female (late 20s/early 30s) friendships were completely relatable, (why does friendship become so much harder to define the older we get?) I could not empathise with any of the characters. The conclusion was a no brainer and I didn't find Tori, (and her internal conflicts) to be as modern or edgy as they could and should be... this made it a frustrating read at times. I'd really like more recommendations based on this though, particularly navigating life, friendships, relationships and careers etc as a 30 something in the post MeToo Era.

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