My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.
Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her downstairs neighbour for the very first time…
Cassie Frost is a woman who had it all – she was a once-loved actress, but a recent stint on reality TV has rocketed her to online infamy. She’s suddenly become a national hate figure – and she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job… but can she be persuaded to work for the uber-difficult, excessively prickly woman that lives below her floorboards?
Because sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends..
Ginny didn’t mind her life. She had a boyfriend, a well paying PR job, and her best friend was her flat mate. Everything was vanilla. Until that vanilla life falls to shambles. She catches her boss in bed with her boyfriend. She can’t find a new job. Her best friend has moved to New York and her new flat mate is constantly in bed with her own boyfriend. She feels as if she can’t live up to her parents’ standards. With the world of social media boasting every engagement, child welcoming, wedding pictures, she feels as if her own biological clock is ticking. Ginny may never find the one.
Then Ginny makes friends with the one person she least expected: the neighbor below, the once Hollywood starlet, Cassie Frost. Cassie has not been taken too kindly in media recently with her lack of PC (make no mistake she does not discriminate and actually fights against it). But as Ginny and Cassie spend more time together, divulging stories of each others failures in romance and jobs, Cassie sees a possible chance that they could help each other; Ginny become Cassie’s personal PR rep, and in turn Cassie pays her. But working for Cassie is not the easiest. If anyone has ever watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and seen when Susie Meyers works as Sophie Lennon’s manager, this is how I loosely saw it. Both have great glimpses of personality, but are quite difficult to manage when they don’t have a good public image.
Ginny finds luck when she nabs a PR job, and the boss actually gives her the chance to succeed, and her co-workers care about her. Her friend Julia sets her up with her brother Nick, who in comparison to Jack is literally Mr. Perfect. He truly cares about Ginny’s days, comforting her, and taking care of her. What’s not to love?
Nicola Gill not only tackles relationship and job stress of life, but also how to help your friend deal with depression. Readers whom have never experienced such can learn what not to do just as Ginny had to learn a bit the hard way of what you should/should not say/do.
Nicola Gill’s book is not a chicklit. It is the perfect modern women’s literature book you need to read. The romance is not overwhelming, nor is it mushy. It is overshadowed by the greater messages at play: You don’t need to be married to have a kid, nor should you worry about a “time clock” for marriage and children. Do not settle for a man that can’t take time to tend to your needs. The Neighbours is unintentionally comical, like watching an episode of Friends, but more relate-able.
Do you know someone that would enjoy this read? Have you read any good Women’s Lit books recently?