Book Review: The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell

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Title: The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even
Author: Anna Bell
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Date: January 26th, 2017
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for review

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella’. Another hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy from bestselling author Anna Bell

When Lexi’s sport-mad boyfriend Will skips her friend’s wedding to watch football – after pretending to have food poisoning – it might just be the final whistle for their relationship.

But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an ‘accidentally’ broken television lead to them spending extra time together, she’s delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that’s happened to their relationship.

And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It’s not as if he’ll ever find out . . .

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Review:

Anna Bell is an author who has been on my tbr list for a very, very long time.
Ever since I found out about her book The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart and heard so many amazing things about her work, I wanted to give her a chance.
After putting it off for the longest time, I was lucky enough and got a chance to read her newest novel, The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even.

I am so glad I read this funny novel with the longest title ever, because I fell in love with Bell’s writing style, and with the positive atmosphere she created, that was present through the whole story.

This book follows the story of Lexi, a 29 old woman who’s boyfriend (Will) is obsessed with sports.
Dating him and watching all the games is not always easy for Lexi, but she found her way to deal with that (like reading books on her e-reader when her boyfriend watches a game she is not interested in), but when Will fakes stomach flu so he wouldn’t go to Lexi’s best friend’s wedding, and goes to the game instead, Lexi decides it is time for her to get even.

First of all, let me just say that egocentric in me enjoyed reading this book and my approach to this story is 100% subjective.
You see, I could relate to Lexi so much, because her Will reminded me of my boyfriend. I mean it, they are so alike, it’s like the author based Will’s character on him.
Even their whole relationship situation was almost the same as ours, and when I was talking to my man about this book, he was sure I was making it up, just to entertain him.
“No”, I said “but Anna Bell wrote the story I should have written (because sometimes I like to think I was destined to write a good book one day), because it’s like reading my life on those pages. I KNOW what she’s talking about, to the core!”

The writing style was really, really good!
The story itself was great, but the way the author told us the story is even better. It reminded me of Sophie Kinsella’s style in a way.

I laughed so many times while reading, was entertained the whole time.

I was also curious (and because of subjective reason a bit worried how the story’s going to conclude) because, even though to some readers this story was predictable, I really had no idea in which direction it was going.

The things I think could have been better in this story are:
– I wish we got more romantic/cute scenes with Will and Lexi.
– I wish there was stronger character development. We said goodbye to the same Lexi and Will we met at the very beginning of the story.
– I don’t think Will’s reason to miss the wedding was strong enough.

I am so glad I read The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even, and I am looking forward to read more of Bell’s work.

If you’re a chick lit lover, this book is the one you don’t want to miss.

4,5

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Movie Monday: Definitely, Maybe

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched a romantic comedy, all by myself, and it was amazing!

 

Definitely, Maybe

definitely-maybe This romantic comedy came out in 2008, but somehow, I missed it. When I say I missed it, I really mean it: I didn’t know this movie existed until few days ago when I saw it’s trailer on our local tv. I know, I know, that must be really strange, I was confused too, especially because this movie is full of well known actors and actresses.

The story follows Will Hayes who is telling a story to his daughter about his life before she was born. The reason why he’s telling the story is to tell her how he and her mother got together, but there’s a catch: We don’t know who the mother is, because he changed the names, so his daughter has to guess which one from three girls from his life before ended up marrying him.

I really loved the way this story was told, because we also had to guess which girl will win in the end, and along with that, we got to cheer for our favorite or against the one we didn’t like.

I was really afraid that the girl I rooted for wouldn’t win, but the way this story resolved left me in a happy place.

Definitely, Maybe is chick flick by all means and I highly suggest it to everyone who enjoys movies from that genre.

 

Note: Picture in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site and is property of UniversalMovies.

Movie Monday: Nine Lives

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched a family comedy, with my family, and we all had a pretty good time.

 

Nine Lives

nine-lives This week my aunt came for a visit and we decided to watch a movie together (my father joined us too). Because she loves movies with animals as main characters, we picked up a new movie from that “genre”: Nine Lives.

Everything I knew about Nine Lives was that it’s a story about a man who, by some miracle, becomes a cat, and that Kevin Spacey plays the main character (and gives his voice to a cat).
I had no idea so many well-known actors also play in it.

The movie itself was funny. We laughed many times while watching. One particular scene (in which cat tries to pour some alcohol into his bowl) was so comic, it was insane!
But there were so many equally amusing situations through the whole movie that an entertainment was inevitable.

I was sure that the cat breed of our main character was Ragdoll (I want to have one so badly!!!).
But then, I went and googled it, just in case, and read that five Norvegian Forest cats played the role of the cat, so I guess I was wrong (but I am still not sure that Norvegian Forest cat comes with blue eyes).
Whatever the true is, one thing is sure: the cat in this movie is adorable!

In the end, we were all very satisfied with the movie.
My aunt said it was a bit naive, but I didn’t mind.

I highly recommend this one to watch along with family. I think children will especially enjoy it.

 

Note: Picture in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site and is property of EuropaCorp.

Movie Monday: Too many movies to put them all into title

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

 

I feel like I haven’t posted Movie Monday in a while, and I watched A LOT of movies lately, so this week this meme will look a bit different then it usually does.

I’m going to mention movies that I have watched in the last couple of weeks and write just a brief reviews for them.

Nerve

nerve Nerve is the latest movie I watched. I saw it yesterday, in the company of my sister and her husband. We all ended up liking it very much, which was quite surprising for me. I didn’t expect for it to be that good, but I wanted to watch it because I love Dave Franco, and I like Emma Roberts. This movie is based on young adult book that I haven’t read, but I would like to. I have to admit that I didn’t do my research so I don’t know if this is a standalone story or is it a part of the series.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

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Me and my friends decided to spend American Thanksgiving Day in movie theatre. I wanted to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ever since I found out that Ezra Miller has a role in it (in case you didn’t know, Ezra Miller is my favorite actor (+Leo Di)). When the movie trailer saw the light of the day, I expected for this movie to be amazing.
The movie is full of beautiful scenes, great effects and tone of humour (even though it isn’t a comedy), but the story itself is predictable. I figured out everything there was to figure out, and I am not the smartest person in the world.
However, I have to stress out that I watched many interviews with actors and I think producers, PR team or whoever is in charge for those sort of things, are ones responsible because they forbid one actor to talk about his role and, that way it was easy to figure out certain things. They also gave a statement that another certain actor will play in movie number two, so they gave away a spoiler that way.
Ezra Miller was the best actor in the movie. That guy can really play every role. I am so glad his career is turning big lately. He really deserves it.
Eddie Redmayne  was also good, but the more movies with him I watch, the more it seems to me that he plays his roles the same way, if you know what I mean.

 

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

scouts-guide The best comedy I have watched this year! I watched it with my sister’s husband. It was so funny, I laughed so hard that even their dog came to check out what is happening to me. This is perfect movie to watch with friends. I dare to say that the story itself is stupid in a way, but the movie is so entertaining and funny that you’ll be glad you picked it up.

 

Hacksaw Ridge

hacksaw I went to see Hacksaw Ridge into movie theatre with my boyfriend. This movie is based on true events that happened in Vietnam war. The story follows a soldier who refused to touch any weapon, because of his beliefs. The movie is really good, but you should be warned that it contains really explicit scenes. I watched a lot of war movies, but this one was the most detailed one I have ever seen.

 

War Dogs

war-dogs War Dogs is a drama about two guys who made money by selling weapons to American army. It is based on true events.
To be perfectly honest with you, the reason why I decided to watch this movie are it’s two main actors. I always loved Jonah Hill, and Milles Teller is one of my favorite actors from his generation. I always watch their movies, so this one was a must.
The story is pretty entertaining and I had a good time watching it, even though I understand why some people would find it boring.

 

 

 

 

Note: Pictures in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site.

Movie Monday: Bad Moms

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched a pretty entertaining comedy.

Bad Moms

bad-momsThis week me and my friends had a little gathering (we were baking some pizza bread for the first time, and let me tell you, it was delicious!), so we decided to watch a movie.
Bad moms came as an obvious choice, since it is a comedy that was just released in my country.

My expectations weren’t too high, but I can’t say I didn’t have any. Sometimes I do judge movies by it’s actors and, let me tell you, Bad Moms has an amazing cast.

The story follows a woman called Amy who’s doing her best to be a good mom, good wife and successful business woman.
After finding out that her man is cheating on her though web cam, and after having a really bad day at work, she had enough.
She decides she won’t be a perfect mum anymore, and will finally have some time for herself.
Two women who’s kids go to the same school join her and they start “Bad Moms” club.
Of course, moms from parents club at school are not approving and they do whatever it takes to make Amy and the rest of bad moms regret their decision.

Guys, this movie was such a fun to watch! Everyone of my friends liked it, both male and female.

The movie has strong feminist side, and it does talk about strong women doing whatever it takes to have happy children and happy husbands, while also work hard at their full time job, but it also talks about how kids and men can take all of their effort for granted.

There were some scenes that were rememberable (like the coffee scene, OmG, that must have hurt!).

It was a bit naive in my opinion, but if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be a happy comedy, nor it would have as strong message as it had.

Overall, this is an awesome movie to watch with friends.

P.S. After the movie all the actresses had a chat with their moms and, OmG, Jayde Smith’s mum looks so good!!

 

Note: Picture in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site and is property of STX Entertainment.

Waiting On Wednesday (#17): My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

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Waiting on Wendesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

This week I am eagerly anticipating:

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Bantam Press

Publication Date: February 9th, 2017

Summary:

Caz Brenner is living the dream – she has a flat in London, a job in creative branding, and her Instagram feed is full of all the amazing things London has to offer: delicious food and beautiful sights and lots of fun. Ok, so the crappy truth is that she rents a tiny room in Catford with no space for a wardrobe, spends most of her days engaged in tedious admin on the other side of the city, and posts photos of food she could never ever afford to eat. But it’s all just about worth it.

Until her bright and shiny life comes crashing down: her demanding boss Demeter gives her sack, and with no means to live in London any more, Caz has to move home to Somerset. Now she’s plain old Katie Brenner again, helping out her dad and her stepmum as they attempt to launch a glamping business on their farm. (They think she’s on sabbatical from her job, and she can’t quite bear to tell them the truth…)

With Katie’s creative branding experience, the glamping is soon a big success. So much so that Demeter and her family book in on holiday – and Katie sees her chance to get revenge on the woman who ruined her dream. So long as Demeter doesn’t see beyond her disguise and give the game away to her parents, of course.

It’s time to see who’s the boss…

Why am I waiting?

If you follow this blog for a while, you probably know that Sophie Kinsella is the one who got me into reading for pleasure. Her book Can You Keep a Secret showed me that reading can be fun, and her Shopaholic series made me eagerly going into library in a search for the new book.
After I ran out of all Kinsella’s books, I simply countinued reading other british chick lits.

It has been years since Sophie released her last standalone adult novel, and I really need my Kinsella fix, so I simply can’t wait to read this new story by her, that sounds like a lot of fun!

Movie Monday: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched a sequel to a comedy that’s very dear to me.

 

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is the sequel to 2014 comedy Neighbors.
I remember I was excited about the first movie since the day I heard about it, and then waited a year until it finally came out.
When I finally watched it, I was so happy it lived up to all of my expectations.

Last year when I heard that there’s a sequel coming out and that Chloe Moretz and Selena Gomez are starting in it along with an old cast, I was excited, but in whole honesty, I was also scared that it won’t be as good as I wanted for it to be, because, let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first time that the sequel sucks.

Last week I watched Neighbors 2 along with my friend who hasn’t watched the first movie, and we pretty much had a good time.
The story was easy to follow and, even though there were some things from the movie one mentioned and it would be the best if you’d watch Neighbors prior to this one, my friend had no problem understanding the story and enjoying the film whatsoever.

The movie wasn’t as good as it’s predecessor, but it wasn’t bad either. It had some flaws, some naive scenes and problems that could easily be solved if characters just stopped and thought for a moment, but it was still fun, and that is what is most important when it comes to comedies. It was a good entertainment.

I like how all the cast from the first movie appeared. I adore Dave Franco and love to watch Christopher Mintz-Plasse in movies, so it was nice to see them back, even just for a short time.
Zac Efron was also good and damn, that guy is pretty bulk now, but don’t get me wrong, I like it!

I think Chloe Grace Moretz did an amazing job. The only thing that surprised me was how few scenes with Selena Gomez there were.

Overall, a really good movie to keep you entertained, but it did not live up to it’s predecessor.

 

Note: Picture in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site and is property of Universal Pictures.