Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: "The Temp" by Emily Benet

Amber is a twenty-something, out of university with a degree she’s not sure what to do with… so she temps in order to earn enough money to live in London. One of her favourite life-hacks is to attend modern art gallery openings for free wine. It is during one of these that she thinks ‘if they can do it, why not me?’, and meeting a handsome gallery promoter cements her ambition to become famous through her art. With the help—and sometimes hindrance—of her friends Farrell, Bibiana, and Egg (short for Egbert), can Amber achieve her dream AND snag handsome Elliott?
Thank you to HarperImpulse via Netgalley for the review copy.
Did I like this book?

This book was a lot of fun, and while it wasn't without its problems, overall I quite enjoyed it.  The premise was interesting, the plot moved along at a decent pace, and I loved the setting of downtown London.  There were many times I found myself giggling at Amber and her antics - she definitely got into some tight spots!

But, although the characters were unique and oftentimes hilarious, I felt that they needed more depth.  I lacked any sort of connection with them, and it could have something to do with the fact that the book was written entirely from Amber's point of view.  While Amber is frequently amusing and constantly getting into mischief, she's also very flaky and irresponsible, not to mention self absorbed.  I would have loved to know more about her thee friends and what made them tick, but it was all just speculation on Amber's part.

Will you like this book?

This book reminds me a bit of "Bridget Jones's Diary", so if you enjoy that style of writing and humour, I think you'll probably enjoy "The Temp".

Will I read more by this author?

I think Emily Benet has tremendous potential and I will surely be interested in future books by her!

My rating:  3.5 stars!

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