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Publisher's Summary

Maggie Cotton's life is a hot mess. 

In one day, she's dumped by her boyfriend, disinherited by her mum, and kicked off the three-year degree course she'd stretched to a decade. And that was before she received the letter saying she owed the government $70,000. 

But that's no reason to grow up, is it?  

With a decrepit 1960s caravan to call home, Maggie has to prove to her mother she can survive without a safety net, stop her loyal best friend Jen from marrying a scumbag, and convince her sexy workmate Rueben that she's not a walking disaster. For someone who's spent her life avoiding hard work, she sure can move mountains when she's got a little motivation - just don't ask her to move the caravan.

©2020 Rose Hartley (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

Critic Reviews

"A compulsive and hilarious read. In Maggie, Hartley has created one of those indelible characters of whom we must thoroughly disapprove and yet cannot help but love." (Karen Joy Fowler)
 

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Loved!!!

Loved everything about it!!!

Well preformed, and totally relatable if you are in your 30’s....totally brilliant, and many LOL moments to be had.

Highly recommend.

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Good narration, average story

I’m not usually a chick-lit fan and this book annoyed me for all the reasons chick-lit usually does. Maggie was an irritating character’s head to inhabit, but I did like her more by the end than I thought I was going to. I felt sorry for her cat too.

The narration was very good and felt true to Maggie’s voice. The narrator even sang the song bits, which most narrators tend to just speak! My only gripe with the production was that sometimes there wasn’t enough pause to signal a new scene, so my brain scrambled to catch up a couple of times when it felt like we’d teleported or time travelled!

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This has it all

I loveddddd this book! It’s truths, awkward bits and jaw aching laugh out loud moments make this story so believable. In fact I’m pretty sure this could have been written about the real lives of many people. Rose Hartley you did great!

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  • 08-05-2021

Funny

Great characters. Very funny while keeping quite real until it got close to the ending, which I felt slightly let down by. Overall I really enjoyed and the narration was well done.

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loved the characters as 'unlikeable' as some were

loved the characters
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LOVED it!

Miranda Tapsell should be bottled! She is one of the best Australian narrators I've ever heard! 🏆🏆🏆 She absolutely brought this quirky, raucous tale into full colour. You won't regret listening to this book.

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Funny as a fit

Just wrote the title of this review and realised that fits are probably not funny but neither are the many circumstances that Maggie finds herself in, however, I really did laugh out loud as I walked and listened to this audible book. I though the narrator did an excellent job and the character of Maggie was well established through her interactions with others. The book highlights a number of important social issues but is entertaining and not at all laboured.

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Very dissappointing

A story that goes nowhere and says nothing ! I am a great fan of Miranda Tapsell on screen but this narration was so poor it was sometimes hard to work out who was talking. Story was meaningless and despite forcing myself to read to the end the characters were bizarre, not easy to relate to or empathise with and it never got any better - had to return it!

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  • Jo
  • 19-04-2021

LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!!

So cleverly written and so funny but with a great message as well. Absolutely highly recommend this and can't wait until the author writes her next book.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel

Maggie was a great character thoroughly lovably. It was just the feelgood novel I was looking for.

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