Life is messy, and mess shows you’re alive. What I learnt in the last year is that the right kind of mess can also spark joy.

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In a nutshell


Reunited college friends Matilda, Jo, Penny and Cressy are all in their 40s and at the top of their games. When they start being overlooked and professionally pushed aside by less-qualified men they decide to take matters into their own hands. And so the revenge club is born – why be angry when you can plot to get what should be yours?

Book Club Notes


This is a light read with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Despite the lightness it highlights societal pressures on women when it comes to career, ageing and ambition. While I found myself speeding through it, the storyline felt too much. I found the main character – whom the book was written from the perspective of – to be overly verbose and pompous. Her profession was a writer and it appeared like at every turn she had to demonstrate just how good her vocabulary was and just how witty her one liners could be – to the point that it became irritating.

Read If


You want an easy read that will have you both laughing and scratching your head.

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Storyline – 5 /10
Writing – 7/10
Character Development – 6/10
Plot Twist – 6/10
Shareability – 5/10
6.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty


Published by: Head of Zeus, distributed by Jonathon Ball

Genre: Fiction, Drama

ISBN: 9781035901289

Pages: 401

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A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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