Book Review: Bad Romance by Emily Hill

Bad Romance is a collection of dark yet hugely entertaining stories about what happens when loves goes wrong.
Kicking off with the legendary Julia's Baby, (the tale of a women who turns up 'pregnant' at her exes wedding) the fun and craziness never really stop throughout all nineteen of these twisted, yet hugely original stories.
You will get to meet an array of fascinating women throughout these pages, some of whom are crazy, and some of whom appear broken, some of whom are smart, others hilarious, but the one thing they all have in common is that none of them fit the mould and they are an utter JOY to read about. My personal favourites include Maria from How to be Single at Parties and Maggie in Rip Her to Shreds (I do love a bit of leopard print...)
I found the concept behind each of the stories absolutely fascinating, especially Super-Lies (which involves heartbreak, lingerie and a life-sized mannequin) and this sums up Bad Romance all over. It's thought-provoking, it's twisted, it's a bit bonkers...But ultimately it is FABULOUS.

If you're single and are thoroughly fed-up with people asking you when you're going to settle down, or if you're fed up with receiving pictures of male anatomy on Tinder then this is definitely the book for you. It's the anti-romance, romance. It stands up for women, it celebrates their importance and it reminds us that it's ok to be single. It's ok to not be married with two kids by the time you're thirty and it also re-iterates that you're not the only one who has been on a date with a bit of a weirdo and seems to spend their life going from one crisis to another.

Bad Romance really is a no-holds barred look at love and the complexities of relationships. Emily Hill sugarcoats NOTHING and I love this about her stories; they are very much warts and all and I found this to be hugely refreshing.

I adore Emily's writing. She crafts each story so well that it's impossible to see the twist in the tale that is inevitably coming but you're just not sure where...She also has a really distinctive voice and I found her writing to be full of imagination.

There are also so many themes whizzing around these stories; obsession, heartbreak, deception, revenge, and the bitter-sweetness of love and Emily's writing brings them all together so well to form a wonderful collection of kick-ass stories.

I highly recommend giving a copy of this to all of your girlfriends, whether they're in a relationship or not. There will be laughter, outrage, lots of head-nodding-in-recognition and most importantly of all- it might just make them all feel that little bit better about life. It certainly had that effect on me.




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