Date of publication: May 19th 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins UK / Avon
Purchase: Amazon UK
Holly Braithwaite and loveable loser Lawrence have been together for five years. But the obvious cracks in their relationship can no longer be ignored and Holly soon finds herself saying ‘it’s not me, it’s you’.
In the shock aftermath of their break up, Holly finds unlikely companions in Olivia, Harry and Bella. Together, they form the Break-up Club, as they support each other through their mutual melancholy and find ways to love, laugh and function as human beings again.
Break-up Club meets every Sunday. Each week, as the comedy and drama unfolds, they discover a new BUC ‘rule’. And, one by one, the rules become vital markers on their journey to recovery…
Break-Up Club follows the story of Holly who breaks up with her loser boyfriend Lawrence and to recover from it, she and her recently broken-up friends, Olivia, Bella and Harry, made up a Break-Up Club with a certain set of rules to follow in order to move on from their break-up.
I thought that this book was really funny, in that British-comedy style, with witty one-liners and punny jokes. It was brilliant! I found myself chuckling quite a lot while reading it. The author’s writing style is also easy to read, and the plot is just nicely paced, not too quick but not too slow either.
I love the characters in this book and thought that their friendship dynamic was really ace. If there’s one thing that I really love about this book, it’s the friendship between Holly, Olivia, Bella and Harry. Although three of them were housemates, they officially meet for club meetings on Sundays and their meeting is always a hoot. Their journey in singledom after their break-ups, their relapse, their hang-ups were really written very well and I love it how the members are there for each other. It makes me wish for that kind of friendship myself.
There’s one thing that I wish could have been done differently though. There’s a subplot about Holly’s job as a TV editor and she has to come up with ideas for new TV show. There’s one idea that she came up with when riding the train but that idea did not get developed into something else until much later and I wished it had been done earlier because it would have been nice to see more of it.
Overall, definitely read this if you need a little pick me up with a lot of friendship vibe thrown in together.
Disclaimer: I received the ARC from publisher via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.