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  • By: Monica Heisey
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Really Good, Actually

By: Monica Heisey
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

The No. 2 SUNDAY TIMES Bestseller

An Observer Best Debut of the Year

One of the most hotly anticipated, hilarious and addictive debut novels of the year, from Schitt’s Creek and Workin’ Moms screenwriter and electric new voice in fiction, Monica Heisey.

I feel like when you get a divorce everyone’s wondering how you ruined it all, what made you so unbearable to be with. If your husband dies, at least people feel bad for you.

Maggie’s marriage has ended just 608 days after it started, but she’s fine – she’s doing really good, actually. Sure, she’s alone for the first time in her life, can’t afford her rent and her obscure PhD is going nowhere . . . but at the age of twenty-nine, Maggie is determined to embrace her new status as a Surprisingly Young Divorcée™.

Soon she’s taking up ‘sadness hobbies’ and getting back out there, sex-wise, oversharing in the group chat and drinking with her high-intensity new divorced friend Amy. As Maggie throws herself headlong into the chaos of her first year of divorce, she finds herself questioning everything, including: Why do we still get married? Did I fail before I even got started? How many Night Burgers until I’m happy?

Laugh-out-loud funny, razor sharp and painfully relatable, Really Good, Actually is an irresistible debut novel about the uncertainties of modern love, friendship and happiness from a stunning new voice in fiction, Monica Heisey.

©2023 Monica Heisey (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Monica Heisey’s observations on men, women, friendship, love and sex are equal parts hilarious and profound." (Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love)

"Hilarious, heart-warming, wise." (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train)

"Monica Heisey is so funny and entertaining it might be tempting to call her a humorist. But all the best humorists transcend the label, and she is one of those." (Lauren Oyler, author of Fake Accounts)

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Processing what it means to be a millennial

I loved this book, and it’s delivery. Very apt depiction of the insecurities we feel as late twenties / early thirties women. Immersive and cathartic.

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Predictable holiday reading

This book made for Easy listening. Whilst it wasn’t anything groundbreaking it certainly wasn’t anything offensive either. Just a good old holiday read.

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Self indulgent second hand embarrassment

Couldn’t finish. Awful main character who was embarrassingly self indulgent and pathetic, with a boring storyline.

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Light read with a deeper storyline

Enjoyable with a good satisfying ending. Good character progression. Nothing super deep. Overall 3.5 stars

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Funny serious and a great read. Favourite narrator.

I really enjoyed the honesty of this read. Funny, serious and engaging. One of my favourite narrators.

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So funny

A great book - so funny and so insightful. I absolutely loved it and started re-listening to it straight away.

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Average

Did not have a good plot. Was just the main characters’ inner monologue with minimal progression until the end. Had to push just to finish.

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Voice actor ruined this for me

the voice actor ruined this for me. they weren't the right fit and took me out of the story completely. I figured that most of the main characters dialogue wasn't in direct quotes but it felt hard to get a sense of the characters when the voice artist didn't change their tone at all

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Actually, really good.

I really enjoyed this. Shes a hot mess and frustrating as hell at times but perhaps in my 20s I could relate and took comfort in the "dont have it all figured out yet" mind set which seems to be thrown down your throat at 30. Didnt need as many friends as were introduced and why were there double ups and repeat "C" names characters, at times made you double read sections.

All in all would recommend if you havnt yet got all your Sh*t together!

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Like watching Trainwreck the movie

It’s real life Trainwreck movie but with millennial quips and reference that was made it relatable 😄

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