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Just Got Real: The hilarious and addictive bestselling revenge comedy

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Ik word altijd blij als er een nieuwe roman van Jane Fallon verschijnt, want haar verhalen zijn altijd zo sterk, maar ik zal dan maar meteen eerlijk zeggen dat ik dat bij dit verhaal niet had. Ant seems like a rich businessman who is going through a divorce, but the more they spend time together, Joni realises that something is wrong. Full of charm, excitement and the humour splashed throughout adds this certain charisma that makes it so relatable. Als ze contact legt met de andere vrouwen met wie hij afspreekt, Saff en Mary, besluiten de drie het er niet bij te laten zitten en beramen een plan.

The story is told from Joni’s perspective mostly, she is the one who is trying to expose what Ant is up to. This is a wonderful read, hilarious, witty and emotional all in one bundle of online dating and finding new friends.

Overall: not one for me, nor would I personally recommend it, but it's got fairly good reviews so worth a go if you like the sound of the synopsis.

Het idee van dit verhaal is natuurlijk superleuk, maar voor mij kwam er eigenlijk geen enkele verrassing.I throughly enjoyed this book, a total easy read which I would look forward to ‘tucking into’ before bed every night. It’s perfect, it works, and she’s happy – until a few months in, Joni discovers she wasn’t the only one being deceitful: on Ant’s phone are intimate messages between him and two other women. Jane Fallon is an English producer and novelist, most famous for her work on popular series Teachers, 20 Things To Do Before You're 30, Eastenders and This Life. Uiteindelijk leert ze hem kort daarna 'spontaan' in het echt kennen, zonder dat hij weet dat ze al eerder met elkaar op de datingapp hebben gesproken.

They have no proper lives but they have lots of money and this book shows us how, through the power of (first) marrying up and (then) friendship, you can actually have it all. Just Got Real is a book I didn't want to end but it had to, and like another book I've read recently, although there is romance in there, it's very much about female empowerment, with or without a partner in tow. Joni had nooit gedacht dat online daten iets voor haar zou zijn, maar haar dochter haalt haar over het te proberen. I didn’t relate to our main character Joni at all and as lovely as I think she probably was, I just didn’t like her or care for her that much.Some characters’ decisions had me baffled but it just proved how gullible and naive some women can be. However, slightly disappointed as I would have liked the ‘villain’ to experience a lot more hardship, but revenge definitely wasn’t what this book wanted to focus on. The plot is fresh, fun and timely with so many people turning to online dating apps and watching programmes like The Tinder Swindler on Netflix. Such a beautiful tale of friendship and dating from an older angle rather than our contemporary focus on gen z. Joni decides to try online dating after her being divorced, losing her best friend, and her daughter moving to Manchester.

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