This novel is perfect if you’re looking for something light-hearted and easy-to-read after a long, hard day at work when you’re feeling tired and don’t want to think too hard.
I first read this book when I was in my first year at uni – and that was a LONG time ago. The story is set in Sydney and I remember thinking how wonderful it would be to live in such an amazing city as I was reading it! (If only I knew what the future held for me!) I still read this book from time to time when I want to read something light and hilarious – this book literally makes me laugh out loud.
The novel tells the story of Isabelle Beckett who finds herself suddenly single in Sydney, after having recently moved from Melbourne. Like all chick-lit novels, the story follows her romantic misadventures, self-discovery and of course there is a happy ending. But unlike other chick-lit novels, it’s set in Sydney and follows Isabelle’s journey of starting to enjoy her life and fall in love with the city. And in my opinion, La’Brooy is very witty and writes well so it’s easy to read, funny, warm and personable – the sort of book that you can read in bed with a cup of hot chocolate.
Pick up the book from here.
I’ll leave you with a couple of my favourite quotes:
‘…. It is also true that Sydneysiders are hostile to Melbournians; have complete contempt for anyone from Brisbane; tolerate Adelaide because it produces good wine and is like a younger, unfashionable relation; are only vaguely aware that Perth exists; deem Hobart and Darwin to be slightly shameful; while it is not considered good form to mention Canberra in public under any circumstance at all.’
‘Whether it’s yoga, belly-dancing, kick-boxing, Afro-Cuban dancing, jazz-influenced pottery or exploring your inner child through underwater calligraphy, every single girl I know in Sydney takes some sort of Class. In fact, a few of them have such a tight schedule of Classes that they start to feel guilty if they indulge in any commonplace, non-instructed form of relation.’