Saturday, July 28, 2012

Just Say Yes by Phillipa Ashley

3 Star

But Lucy Gibson said no. On national TV. Now she's hated by nearly everyone.

Fleeing the spotlight's glare, Lucy holes up in a cottage in the country, where she just might find the right reasons to say yes after all...

Kathryn - 3 Star

Just Say Yes certainly provides all we expect from light-hearted chick lit and overall I enjoyed it for what it was.  It’s got quite a British feel to it and was combined with a reality TV twist which made it feel more modern.

I was initially interested in Lucy and her boyfriend Nick but that interest began to wane slightly when he really becomes invested in the reality show he’s been chosen for- I just felt that Lucy was being taken for a fool and she didn’t seem like that kind of girl to me.  Their relationship was described in detail for the first part of the novel but then once Lucy makes her “big decision” we’re thrown into a paparazzi scene of mayhem and Lucy immediately makes her hasty escape to the country- it seemed a bit quick and maybe it wasn’t necessary to go into so much detail about her relationship with Nick given how abruptly it ended?  Perhaps also I’m being na├»ve but I don’t know how many companies would be so offended by an employee’s 15 minutes of fame to offer her a month long leave of absence?

While I appreciated the need for drama I found myself losing interest in Lucy and her immediate attraction to new man Josh felt a bit rushed and superficial.  At this point I held on to best friend Fiona for some grounding influence and found that I quite liked Lucy’s quirky buddy but wished that Ashley had developed their relationship more and left Josh as the side-plot.

Having aired all my grievances I have to reconfirm that this novel does deliver what you would expect- it’s certainly fun and lighthearted, there’s romance, good friends and quite a few laughs. I would say though that if you like British chick lit, Just Say Yes would be a good summer read and wouldn’t stop me from reading another Philippa Ashley novel in the future.
Thank you to Sourcebooks for our review copy!

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