Book Review – One In A Million

One In A Million
By Lindsey Kelk
Harper Collins
Rating: ****

Synopsis:
Everyone wants that special someone….
Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.

And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.

But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…

Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is My Fair Lady for the social media age – and the perfect feel-good read.

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Review:
I loved the idea of this book, Katie and I are trying to get ourselves and our blog out there on Instagram and WordPress, so for me, this book seemed like something I would enjoy, also the fact I am a hopeless romantic and a sucker for any kind of chick lit.

I have read Lindsey Kelk’s “I heart” series so I already liked her style of writing and knew I would like this. The story starts off well, I was hooked from the start, as I knew I would be, I read almost 100 pages in one sitting, which is unheard of for me. I can be quite a slow reader, a book has to hook me from the start and this one certainly did!

Annie is everything I was before I met my fiance, she is the life and soul of the party on the outside, seemingly very outgoing, but behind the scenes she is broke, wondering whether or not to treat herself to that bit of cake or to go without because she can’t really afford it, and she goes home to her flat each night pretty lonely, all the while keeping up the pretense to her family and friends that she is fine and happy. It will certainly resonate with any 20 something single girl, we all know that having a partner isn’t the be all and end all, but sometimes it is, especially when everyone around you seems to have their lives in order and are perfectly happy.

When Charlie and Martin (the guys who work in the same building) challenge her to making “the next person who walks through the door” Instagram famous in 30 days, and are insistent that she can’t do it, I thought “you go girl” I so desperately wanted her to prove them wrong. They are quite macho characters, who not so much look down on Annie but they just don’t have the faith in her that they should.

The character of Sam (the person chosen to be made insta famous) made me chuckle from the start, he is the complete opposite of Annie. He very much reminds me of a young version of Ove from the novel “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, he is an introvert, he hates people, he is grumpy and unkempt, but it makes it all the more funny,  and I love that Lindsey Kelk wrote him like this!  Annie trying to get Sam to even talk to her at first proves a very hard slog, so the challenge was certainly on, and had me thinking “how is she going to do this?”

The way this book is written, flows so well, it is such an easy read and it just made me want to read more “just one more chapter” I kept telling myself.

I won’t post any spoilers for those who want to read it, but it is definitely worth a read, the friendship that develops between Annie and Sam is charming and lovely. She brings him out of his shell, and he teaches her about the world outside of social media, which unfortunately we are all guilty of sometimes, we spend too much time staring at a screen and not at the world around us.

That being said – for anyone wanting to set up an Insta account and get a few followers there are some good tips in this book! It’s very modern day, and easy to relate to if you love social media and Insta like I do. In some chapters it kind of gives a “behind the scenes” look at the world of vlogging and youtube stars which (if true) I found very interesting.

If you like an easy going but cant put down read, then I highly recommend this book. I gave it 4 stars because it is a great book, one that I will probably read again if I go on holiday, it is a fab beach or airplane read.

Have you read this book? Or planning to? Get in touch and let me know what you think of it. Thank you for reading. Dee 🙂

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