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    The Spare Bedroom. A story about a girl named Jess who moves to Sydney on a whim to re-start her mess of a life. After running into some issues and being left with no job and nowhere to stay, Jess happens to run into Sam, the love of her life, who broke up with her years ago in England. Not only is Jess shocked to see Sam in Sydney, she's even more shocked when he invites her to come back and stay at his place-in his spare bedroom, to help her get back on her feet. Jess is thrilled-until she finds out that Sam has been keeping a secret. He actually lives with his fiancé Jamie. Now Jess has to figure out how to live with both of them, while looking for a job and most importantly, figuring out all her feelings that are returning for Sam. I really did not enjoy this book. It started well for me, I was interested, but around 35% I wanted to put it down. I trudged through because I did want to find out what happened but I skimmed over large parts and just sped read until the end. While I think the premise could've been interesting, the book missed the mark. Jess is extremely unlikeable as the story goes on. She's selfish and immature, it seems odd that she just decides to move to Sydney with no money and no back up plan, and she has not moved on whatsoever from Sam, at all. I understand it is really hard to move on from a great love, but if you're in that situation, the last thing you should be doing is staying with them and their fiancé and lying about everything. That's another thing, Jess lies about everything! She gets mad for unfounded reasons and blames others for her problems. What broke it for me was her judgement about Sam and Jamie being religious-which was a very odd side plot, and a sentence where she states something along the lines of having to save Sam from this relationship that he's not into, because he's interested in her-both of which are completely unfounded. Sam himself was another unlikeable character, inviting her over, having her stay, using the same nickname for Jess and Jamie, also hiding things from her, and then getting mad and freaking out at Jess when she drunkenly climbs into bed with him. Talk about playing with fire. I found the book dragged on and on and I didn't care about anything that was happening. Jess was overly critical, kept messing up over and over but was still shown kindness at the end. I hope others find a good story in the book!

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  • A fun read

    What a fun book!! From messed up decisions of a pining heart to adulting, from the depths of defeat to growing up, from thrown into the streets to finding sucess. This book had it all. Author Elizabeth Neep with her words had penned a story which so many of us have gone through, some of us are still going through. My first book by this author, the situations that Jesse got herself into were humorous. There were many times when I wanted to poke her into looking the other way. But some part of me understood her longing. Been there, done that. The author had written realistic characters whom I could identify with. Her desperate lies had me cringing as well as nodding through them. The sections which touched my heart was when Jesse grew up after being thrown out. I could see the beautiful and brave soul that she was, honest to herself, and eager to redeem and prove herself. Fate and friends gave her a helping hand, and my heart soared when she flew high in the wings of success, paving her own way.

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  • Touching, Thoughtful & Entertaining!

    If you've ever been stuck in a rut, making wrong choices all the time - then this is the novel for you! Jess set off for the other side of the world hoping for a fresh start; with her career having stuttered to a halt and a seeming inability to move on from her last relationship which ended three years ago, a new beginning sounds like the ideal motivation. However, when her promised accommodation falls through and she finds herself roaming the streets of Sydney jobless, homeless and - let's face it - not exactly looking her best in the pouring rain, the last person she expects to meet is the aforementioned ex . . . This is very different to other rom-coms I've read of late, and it took me a bit of time to get into it. I dithered between getting frustrated at Jess's decisions and understanding them. However, this is a book well worth sticking with as the story must apply to so many and isn't all hearts and roses but an extremely well thought out tale. With some ups and a lot more downs, the author keeps the story flowing well and moving on without glossing over the more difficult times and it's not only an enjoyable read but a very thoughtful one too. It's definitely worth carrying on to find out why Elizabeth Neep wrote the novel; I felt everything clicked into place when I read that! Touching, funny and enjoyable this is one I'm very happy to give four stars.

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  • Loved it!

    such an enjoyable read. The charactors were all so real thatyou feel like you're with them throughout the journey.

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  • Relatable and cringe-inducing

    As a Sophie Kinsella fan, I just had to read this book. I too have had days when I wish I'd chosen waterproof mascara. I think the premise of this book is really interesting and found Jess to be an empathetic character who I really related with. I can just imagine being in this cringe-inducing situation myself.

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