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Man I loved this book! I cannot tell you how amazing it is reading a book that has a major focus on social media from someone who knows a thing or two about social media. Yes this book has a great story and great characters, but my takeaway from this is seeing accurate social media representation of fiction. Not just one aspect of social media either, the time it takes to edit YouTube videos, trying to beat the Instagram algorithm and the perils of tweeting something when you meant to DM it-Loved it!
Ok so we have some wonderful characters in this book, our lead is Annie Higgins (like Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady) and she is so easy to relate to because she has the yearning for being able to go to bed without first checking her inbox and wake up in the morning without checking her inbox before anything else. She is incredibly hard working and I really admired her passion and her ability to go the extra mile but can also recognise the toll that takes on her personal life! Her business partner Miranda is the perfect Ying to her Yang and they just really work as best friends.
Then we have Sam, a historian, a bit of a recluse and someone who definitely has more to him than meets the eye. I loved how slowly Sam opened up to the rest of that characters in this book, how he had great values that he stuck to no matter what and that he provided someone for me to fall in love with, never mind any of the other characters.
I said this on social media, but I just love all the British references throughout this novel. If you're living in the UK and reading it, you might not notice them at first but this is a true love story to British culture, British Mannerisms and British food! You can tell that this author is a Brit living in the US because the Fray Bentos pie here, the Hob Nobs there and the references to Richard Madeley and This Morning were truly magnificent, not to mention the British swearing!
This storyline follows some of my favourite tropes but bucks the trend with a lot of gender reversal in the whole 'boy meets girl' side of things and I just loved it. I wanted to keep on reading, read past my bedtime and got up early to finish this book because it was truly truly fabulous. This is a standalone novel and so if this is your first foray into Lindsey's writing, this would be a great place to start. If you are an uber fan like me, she has done us proud-a wonderful read!
I bought this book knowing that it was written by Lindsey Kelk so if it wasn’t great then it’d be pretty darn good, it turns out it was great.
Annie was such a great leading lady, she was quirky but didn’t have such a quirky personality that she was unrealistic, she was fun. Sam was such a good romantic interest. I did find it difficult to picture him but after a few chapters I imagined him to look like Eric from True Blood, I ignored the curly hair he had in the book because I just couldn’t picture what was being described. The supporting characters were really good too. Martin, Charlie, Mir and Brian were involved enough to show they were a big party of Annie’s life but they weren’t given too much page time that I got fed up about hearing about them. There were many funny moments, usually a book of this genre makes me smile but I actually laughed on a few occasions, this is not rare when reading a book by Lindsey Kelk.
I really want a sequel, maybe a year down the line, I think there’s potential for more Annie and Sam stories and I want to read them. If it’s not a full sequel then just a Xmas wedding short ebook or Sam on This Morning, please Lindsey!
I’d love to know if The Hip Historian Page I found on Instagram has been set up for this book and will reveal future books etc. It has no followers or posts (when I looked this morning) so I wasn’t brave enough to follow them!
This is a really fun read. I loved stepping into the shoes of Annie Higgins, a 30-something social media director who has to overhaul the image of grumpy, emotionally absent, not very social media skilled and lacking in personal grooming, Dr Samuel Page. I loved Annie so much, her fledgling business challenges, how she had withered away in her last job before starting her own business, her dependency on social media, the banter she has with Miranda, Martin, Charlie, Brian and I loved how she never felt down on her luck. Dr Samuel Page PHD - OMG I fell in love with you, your love of Britney Spears, your cooking, your airbed on the floor, how you work in your office in your pants and your love of cats. Miranda - as Annie's business partner - you are hilarious! The standouts for me were the quirky and relatable characters, Lindsey Kelk's humour and this quote: Every once in a while, the universe steps up and, for a single day, everything in your life is amazing. I love a book which blocks out everything else around you and takes over your life for a few days!
Annie has a competitive streak a mile wide, always pushing for the next thing and aiming high. Something that has led to her starting her own Digital Marketing business with her best friend. It's going well, or it would be if clients paid their invoices on time!
Her personal life is filled with friendships and more work, with her love life in the gutter. Especially when she sees her ex proposing to his new girlfriend before the England football match on TV. But she's fine, totally fine about it, honestly! A bit of work banter with Charlie (they work in the same building) goes a little too far after he mocks her business. So they come up with a bet to get the next person who walks through the door 20k followers on Instagram in a month.
Dr Samuel Page doesn't know what has hit him when his usual, quiet life is interrupted by Annie. Offering to help him win back his ex-girlfriend with help and advice, whilst she makes him social media famous. Sam doesn't do social media, they have different opinions about many things - yet somehow they manage to spend an awful lot of time together.
A slowish start, with Annie coming across as a bull in a china shop, but once you see her with her family and friends she grew on me. A classic tale of not seeing what is in front of your face until it is possibly too late.
I felt immediate empathy with all of the characters and the link to Eliza Doolittle, in Vanity Fair, came through in Annie Higgins character, which added to the story. Social media and self promotion as a means to achieving your goals is new to me, so I learnt and appreciated learning. Therefore, please read this book if you're new, or even if you're an old-hand to platforms, and maybe especially if you know nothing about them at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it had just the right amount of humour, combined with friendship, to keep the pace zipping along. The tiny predictability lost it a star, but without that the ending wouldn't have been as satisfying. Absolute escapism.
Annie doesn't have time for love, she is way too busy trying to make her new company a success and her social life has taken a hit. She is putting her all into her business and when the advertising agency across the hall makes fun of them, a bet is spurred. Annie has to make a random stranger from their office building Instagram famous is just 30 days. She needs to get twenty thousand followers in thirty days...
The target chosen is Dr Samuel Page PhD who is a historian and lives in the dark ages without social media. He is grumpy and lacks complete social skills but Annie is determined to win, no matter the cost and whether Sam likes it or not. Samuel is a reluctant participant but when Annie offers to help him in his personal life, he slowly gets on board. Throughout the course of the month, Annie starts to learn more about herself and what she wants out of life. What happens when the 30 days are up...
I adore Lindsey Kelk's books and think she is a brilliant writer. Annie is a strong and sassy main character, she fights for what she wants and doesn't give up easy. She has worked hard to get where she is in life and doesn't take anything for granted. I really felt for her family situation and Sam couldn't have put it better than at her dad's surprise birthday.
It was an easy to read book and I got through it fairly quick. A romance in the modern ages and if you love social media then this one is for you.
Hands up I’m a Kelkoholic. Love the I Heart Series.. plus every other book (my heart belongs with Angela though!) I read this in one sitting.. again, I admit I am a super fast reader (it’s a helpful skill) but I just didn’t want to stop reading this story. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and this was just what was needed. A gorgeous twist on a My Fair Lady-esque story for the modern age. The main characters had me laughing, heart broken and happy. It was perhaps easy to see where this was going, I’m happy with that though - wouldn’t change it. I do feel like there was a lot of additional characters that appeared and disappeared and didn’t add much but I loved Wellington - that dude could have his own adventures! I recommend this book if you fancy a bit of happy in our social media driven world. It may even may you think about how much you are confined to you social media presence.