Abigail has to get used to the life of singledom all over again after breaking up with her boyfriend of seven years. With help from her womanizing flatmate, Robert, Abigail goes on dates and uses the tips and advice that Robert provides for her to help get through and enjoy each date.
1) Be cool
2) Be detached
3) Act brutal
4) Stay in control
5) Be bulletproof
6) Always leave them before they leave you
However, with Robert being a notorious ladies man, will taking his advice turn her into a bit of a player too? The book follows Abigail as she goes from date to date, until she finally meets Mr. Right and forgets about everything that Robert has taught her… Will it end in heartbreak, or will she keep cool, calm and bulletproof?
I had so much fun reading this book! Not only was it funny at times, but it was also actually rather relatable. Being single myself, I could most definitely relate to many of the feelings that Abigail was going through. Although I love chick-lit, this book felt different from other books I have read before – it’s not very often you read about a newly single woman acting like a dude!
I absolutely adored both Abigail and Robert, and I adored their friendship even more. They became best friends who helped each other through all of their ups and downs, shared their juicy secrets with one another and had a lot of banter and jokes together too. I will be honest, from the very beginning I fell in love with Robert and was desperate for him and Abigail to get together. Even though he was a bit of a player and womaniser, there was something about the way he treated Abigail that made me realise that there is more to him than just ‘casual sex’ with random women.
The character Dave, who Abigail completely falls for, was quite an interesting part of the story for me because he reminded me of somebody I once dated. I immediately disliked him, and when I found out that he was ignoring Abigail quite a lot, hardly spoke to her during the day and didn’t like questions, I automatically pictured my ex – that is exactly what he was like – therefore, I had a hunch that it may not end very well. However, like myself, Abigail was head over heels about him, so naturally she just accepted it as a flaw that she had to accept if she wanted to be with him.
I loved the way in which the book was written. It felt as though I was reading Abigail’s diary, as she tells the story herself and shares very secretive thoughts with us. The way she wrote left me hooked at the end most of the chapters, so I found it quite difficult to put the book down and go to bed at times.
Like most books, there was a rollercoaster of different emotions throughout the book; happiness, sadness, tears of joy, tears of sorrow, heartbreak, love.. You name it, it was there.
I would absolutely recommend this to anybody who enjoys reading chick-lit. It is especially perfect for any single’s out there, showing that you just need to be patient. Love cannot be forced, but “when meet the right person, you will know”. I think it would be a fabulous read for those in a relationship too – a humorous book to escape into after a long day! I haven’t read any other books written by Gemma Burgess before, so I am definitely going to dive in further and read more of her novels!