J U S T A G I R L S T A N D I N G I N F R O N T O F A B O Y
My love story may not be the sort you read about in books or see in films . . . Love stories have glorious highs and ghastly lows. But when it comes to my own life, I’d have to say, you can keep your fabulous highs and I’ll happily steer clear of the terrible lows.’
After a rocky start in life, Jenny Taylor, 27, star receptionist at the local doctors surgery, has things all worked out thanks to ‘The Smiling Fanny Manifesto’ – a list of 10 daily things she must do to keep the blues at bay. But her life is turned upside down when she meets aspiring musician Joe King. And reliable boyfriend Matt proposes. And then her mum leaves her dad and moves into Jenny’s flat determined to ‘bond’.
My Review :
The one and only reason I decided to read this book was purely due to the title.( If you think it sounds familiar it is because it’s a quote from Notting Hill.)
Jenny Taylor’s life has been difficult, mainly due to her parents insensitive naming of their only daughter. (Think about it, Jenny Taylor = Genitalia) Due to this Jenny aka “Fanny” often used to get a little blue, hence the reason why her best friend Philippa created the “Smiling Fanny Manifesto”. Now Jenny is living her life the way she wants it and is quite happy, or so she thinks! That is until her mother turns up unexpectedly announcing that she has left Jenny’s dad and is going to stay with her for a while. On the same night her boyfriend Matt proposes, which is great right…? Well, until handsome, rock star, Joe King appears on the scene, who certainly has his eye on Jenny. What will Jenny do?
This novel was my first foray into one of Lucy-Anne Holmes books and overall it was quite pleasant experience. Lucy’s characters are interesting, funny but more importantly they are real. They may not have been unique but they were very likeable. She certainly created an interesting heroine whose decisions at times were somewhat questionable. My favourite character though was Joe King, who was pretty goofy but very charming. Philippa and Al (Jenny’s flatmate) were also great comic characters who were a wonderful addition to the plot.
I love the fact Jenny and Philippa have a passion for clothes and have an outfit for every occasion including guided tours of their local area. Another nice little side story was how the Smiling Fanny Manifesto not only affected Jenny’s life but also the lives of those around her.
However, as much I enjoyed the story and the characters there were times when I felt as though I was reading the same things over and over again. There were also points in the plot that were very similar to other books I had read and therefore easily predicable. This is the reason why I only gave it a 3/5 instead of a 4/5.
Overall though it is a pleasant and easy read. There are times when you will laugh, cringe, cheer and shed the odd tear or two.