Living the Dream

Lauren Berry. Holt, $16 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-12690-0
The tongue-in-cheek title sets the tone for a snark-filled tale of the realities and possibilities of adulthood. Emma Derringer dislikes her job: working as an assistant in the creative department of a London advertising agency makes her feel unfulfilled and less than creative. Writing is her passion, and her blog has a decent following, but it’s no way to make a living. Her friends believe she should pursue her dreams, but Emma is torn between financial security and struggling to survive. Her best friend, screenwriter Clementine Twist, is in the thick of the struggle. After a successful stint in New York, she comes back to London with few prospects and bigger debts. Together, the friends share their dalliances, dilemmas, and discontent in what becomes a witty and sardonic romp. Emma and Clem are relatable and hilarious, and their trials and tribulations keep the pages turning. Somber moments and sparks of clarity are cleverly woven into the narrative, adding depth and relevance to an authentic and satisfying novel. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/22/2017
Release date: 07/25/2017
Genre: Fiction
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