13 Apr 2019

Review: #Toots

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
A British non-romantic comedy built on white lies, pink elephants and grey areas.

LONDON: Four sisters swipe left on everything they hate in their life, one cocktail at a time.

Louise dreams of an exotic lifestyle, miles away from Hackney.
Nick comes along. Famous, fit, funny and filthy rich.
Louise will stop at nothing to seduce him.

Louise will fake it till she makes it. All the way to the ka-ching bling ring.
But the little white lies soon snowball into a mountain Louise’s Louboutins can’t climb.

Jess juggles work, two babies, a cheating husband and nannies from hell.
Carla goes on a bender, and wakes up next to her young assistant. Freddie.
Emily is getting over her cheating ex by throwing herself into the dating scene.

When work, dating and proposals…all go wrong, the four sisters’ friendship is their only lifeline.

If it can go wrong, it will go wrong. But there's nothing that a sisterhood cannot take. They may momentarily collapse from the weight, but they'll climb back up, with revenge.
The beginning swoops the reader with it into the hurricane that is the Davies' sisters' lives. Competition only how sisters can perform it. It isn't the innocent type of 'who's the best?' but the one where everything is acceptable and anything can and will be used against you. Trust me, I am the second of four. When those who have sisters say anything goes, it means ANYthing goes.

The sisters are each very different from each other. The eldest just wants a break from her daily life, the second one acts like the Queen of China just to catch the richest, most eligible bachelor there is. The third in line thought she would finally get the ring and the youngest has already given up hope. The book follows all four of them when they make maybe the worst decisions of their lives, only to end up in an even more complicated situation than, to begin with.

The book starts out as comical and light read, but when you start to get really into the plot, you might begin to notice some darker nuances. There isn't such thing as an easy break-up or a happy situation where you find out your partner has been unfaithful. The author tries to keep the book feeling light-hearted even when the plot is anything but. At some parts it worked, at some, there could've been more of a serious tone in the writing.

Since there will be at least one sequel, the book ends quite in the middle. Yes, there has been adventure and plot-twist after plot-twist before the end, but still, I felt like there was something missing from there.

The way the sisters' relationship with each other was portrayed was something very real. They hate each other, but they trust each other. There's always the odd one out, the one that'll always stay as the jet-setter aunt for the nieces and nephews. The others always exclude the jet-setter but when they get together, there are no traces of that. And if they have a common enemy: Beware. You don't want to be on the receiving end.

I recommend to have the next installation ready on hand, so the plot won't lose its momentum. Because that's what keeps driving the reader to turn the pages.

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