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  • Great overall

    I really loved the first half of this book. The characters were great (especially Jess) and the South African setting was fantastic. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments too. The book eventually hit a point where it became depressing and I found myself skipping some pages. It got better towards the end with some jokes and humour and the writing was consistent all the way through. I really did love this book but just wish it wasn't so serious and drawn out through the middle. Definitely read it though if you're on the fence as it's worth it! I enjoyed Catherine's first book too and love her writing style!

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  • Clever twist on the title completely unexpected

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I just couldn't get into it initially and really struggled with the first half, but did enjoy the second half a lot more. Jess, the main character, lives in London with her boyfriend Pete and helps her sister (single Mum) with her two young children on a regular basis, along with her Mum. Their Dad is away a lot on business selling islands to the rich and famous. Then her boyfriend surprises her with a trip to South Africa to attend her friend's gay wedding (the friend paid for it all). Once their Pete is bowled over by the outdoor life and wants to climb mountains etc., which Jess really, really doesn't want to do. So Pete meets a fairly famous guy called Goat and ends up dumping Jess for a week of their 2-week holiday to do these outdoor activities with his new friend. Jess is understandably not amused but decides to get out and visit places herself, with the aid of Jimmy a guy her and Pete had met at a galllery/club/bar where he worked. So.... the good parts. I really enjoyed the descriptions of South Africa and all the places they visited, it sounded absolutely amazing. I also loved Jimmy's character and his brother Ian and his partner, Diego, they were so welcoming to Jess and she spent a lot of her time at their apartment. The bad parts.... I really didn't like either Jess or Pete. Jess panicked about every tiny little thing and really over-thought things far, far too much, and in contrast was extremely over-exuberant at other times. Pete was a just a selfish idiot. The 'Make or Break' of the title was definitely something I wasn't expecting though and was a complete shock, very clever twist and completely unexpected. And there was a very nice ending. So the first half was just so-so, but the second half was a lot more interesting for me.

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