The Plus One by Sophie Money-Coutts

Publication date : 9th Aug 2018
Genre: Womens Fiction
Rating:★★★.5

About the book

Three little words all single ladies dread…
Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim.

But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms…

The Review

I was very curious about this book… why? Its summer and this time of year calls for a fun light-hearted read to lift your mood.
Also, I am a huge Bridget Jones fan and thought this was right up my street.
So Polly is 30, single and apart from writing great articles about celebrity babies and pets for her job at Posh! magazine, she can’t seem to hold down a decent relationship. Her best friend is engaged and while she doesn’t have a plus one for the wedding she is determined to get her life on track and accomplish everything she has been dreaming of.

What did I think? So…. this book…. It was actually an enjoyable read. The story although quite predictable didn’t quite get executed in a way that I loved, but all the same it was fun from start to finish. Let’s talk about the characters first.
Polly, while I liked her I found her quite frustrating but then again that’s what makes her quite personable. The conversations she has with herself are so relatable (not about the sex though) and watch out for lots and lots of wine… Bill, he was not my favourite character, hugely annoying and very whiney. I actually ignored him throughout the story. I think I wanted a bit more depth from him that made me want to get to know him. But he is that best friend who is the voice of reason that you just don’t want to listen to at the best of times. Lex, that loud annoying friend that tells you the truth no matter what. I really enjoyed their friendship and the realness that they share. Their bonding moments made me miss my besties. Friends like that are rare to come by.
Lala, I really did not like her…. need I say more. Read it and you will understand why. Susan (Polly’ mum) I really loved her, she was such a warm character. Finally Jasper – playboy, Marquess, millionaire….. I actually liked him. He sounded so dreamy and perfect (but we all know that’s too good to be true). There really wasn’t much more about him.
There were parts of the story that were seriously cringey in that ‘how the hell could that happen’ kind of way. To quote someone else ‘This book doesn’t take itself seriously’ it was an emotional rollercoaster. From crazy cringe moments to sad moments and silly funny moments. Overall it is really a fun read and I would recommend it to fans who just want to have a good laugh.

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