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  • Be proud of you!

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable book with a brilliantly flawed main character in Greta whose dissatisfaction with herself and her life leads her to hit rock bottom big style. I think Greta is very relatable to many people with her self image issues and self judgement and her journey, although more extreme than most people’s , takes her on a very thoughtful and entertaining path of discovery and to a degree acceptance. The characters in the book are all well written and there’s some brilliant bitter sweet moments. For me this was a hidden gem of a book, very easy to read but with a great message too.

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  • Heart warming and honest

    I really enjoyed this novel and Greta Gale is a wonderful character. I felt her pain when she was addicted to the painkillers and felt that it was great how the rehab showed how tough it was and the battle for Greta to remain off the pills. It was also refreshing that Greta had battles with her weight and her self-esteem. I felt the title was very fitting especially when Greta looked at the pear and the fruit bowl and realised it’s skin was almost perfect but that it had a blemish and that despite this is was beautiful and gave it character, like a light bulb moment about herself. I found the family very funny especially when Greta's Mam felt the need to dress up for facetime calls however you could sense that they were a loving family who despite everything wanted the best for each other. I felt I was on the road trip with Greta and Uncle Ray and enjoyed the various locations they visited and the fact that Ray had been pining for the love he lost all those years ago. I also thought it was lovely to see the friendship between Dylan and Greta and how she turned her life around and things started to go in the right direction for her in matters of the heart and work. Spoiler alert – I thought it made a refreshing change that there was no happy ever after with Billie and Ray but that he found happiness in the end.

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