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  • Better than Chart Throb

    This book is perfect for people that hate reality tv, and also for people that love it. Ben Elton wrote one of my favorite books - Chart Throb, but this book beats it hands down.

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  • Fun to read

    It was a funny,witty and I enjoyed it. It is a great choice for fans of realityTV shows.

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  • Keeper

    I’m not a fan of reality shows yet something about this appealed and I’m really glad I gave it a go. Amy is expecting to go on holiday with Jamie, her boyfriend of two years, when she finds the journey there turns into a mystery tour that turns into a nightmare when she finds herself unexpectedly starring in a new reality show that starts with her getting dumped by Jamie. The aim of the show is to teach them to become a ‘keeper’ by completing tasks to show they are up to different relationship challenges. Following the show from Amy’s perspective we experience her emotional ups and downs as well as her feelings towards her tasks, therapy and most of all her relationships with the other contenders who are a fantastic mixed bunch. For me the show is the backstory, what this is really about is the camaraderie of the contestants and there is no shortage of girl power in here despite them starring in a totally derogatory production. The concept of this book could have fallen flat but it sparkles with humour and a sideways look at dating and relationships, it’s definitely a keeper.

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  • Strangely Enjoyable!

    Mixed feelings about this one; I actively avoid 'reality' tv, but if that's your thing then you'll love The Shelf. Amy feels all her friends have left her behind; while they are settled with children she is still living the single life but with a key to her boyfriend's flat. Surely that's a sign that he's ready to settle down and, as the date of their holiday approaches, Amy convinces herself that he's about to pop the question - surely? How wrong could she be? I really struggled with the idea of this one to begin with, failing to understand why Amy just didn't turn tail and run (as I would have, at speed!) but as I got to know the characters I began to relax and enjoy the story. With a good mix of characters, this is definitely one for the women to enjoy - and show how much more we can all do for ourselves! It is a book for all the feminists to relish and I nodded my head so often I'm surprised it hasn't come loose! It's a good read, despite the fact that this kind of tv show becoming 'must not miss' viewing says an awful lot about current society. I shuddered at the very thought of it, but overall - and in a strange kind of way - it was enjoyable. For me, this is a four star read.

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  • Wonderfully uplifting

    Thirty-two-year-old Amy Wright has been dating her boyfriend Jamie for the last two years. When Jamie announces he is whisking her away, she packs for an exotic holiday in the sun, where she ends up is a completely different story. Jamie takes Amy to a TV studio where a new reality show is being filmed. The show is called ‘The Shelf’ and it would seem that Jamie has decided to dump Amy on national TV and submit her for the new show which is to teach women how to be ‘A Keeper’. The show lasts four weeks with the public having the ability to vote the women off each week. The winner will be crowned ‘The Keeper’ (the woman most men would like to have as a partner in a relationship) and awarded one million pounds. Six contestants alongside Amy have entered the house, including Jackie, who is described as selfish. Gemma, as distant. Kathy, as Bitter. Hattie as Boring. Lauren as Easy, and latecomer Flick, who is still in a relationship and just wants to improve herself for her partner. The woman as subject to tasks, votes, and seeing a councillor about how they can become a better partner but the show may not go according to how the producers would have liked it! OMG, The Shelf is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Set in the world of reality TV, we get to see how the contestants on these shows truly feel about their life and the show. I admit to hating some reality TV but having seeing snippets of Big Brother over the years it definitely had a Big Brother vibe to ‘The Shelf’, with a large house, a back yard with pool and bar, and tasks along the way. Talking of the tasks, talk about trying to make women behave as if they were in some kind of 1950s marriage with challenges such as to throw the perfect tea-party and then they were marked on their choice of food, their manners, behaviours, even their outfit. Feminists beware this book will have you seething! As well as being a truly amazing read and one if you are anything like me you won’t want to put down. This book also felt like a self-help book. I really do hope those women who are in a relationship that isn’t going anywhere and yet they have been wearing blinkers for so long can have their eyes opened by this story. It is also a book to help you understand that being in a relationship is wonderful but so is being single. It’s about self-love. It was an uplifting book that had me giggling and frowning at the plot. I believe there is a sequel coming out next year and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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