Genre: Chick lit/romantic comedy
Release Date: 19 June 2017
Life isn’t working out quite as Gemma had planned. Her breakthrough job turns out to involve writing clickbait articles about cats. Her boyfriend Jack is off travelling the world with his glamorous BFF and her mum’s social life puts Gemma’s own to shame.
Then, after a late-night online rant, Gemma’s YouTube channel goes viral and everything changes.
Suddenly, she’s living the dream – only it’s not turning out entirely as she imagined.
Gemma realises she’ll have to choose between fame, real love and being true to herself – because she can’t have it all. Or can she?
What does TWG think?
I must admit, ‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’ really took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting the storyline to be quite as deep as it turned out to be, nor was I expecting the rollercoaster ride of various emotions.
Gemma Grey is a vlogger. Instead of typing blogs, she video’s them and uploads them to Youtube. To Gemma, it’s a hobby. An escape. But when she started her new job, her vlogging seemed to take a completely different turn, leaving her wondering if her vlog is actually hers. Theres nothing like posting things out of your comfort zone…right?
As a blogger myself, I found myself agreeing with Gemma on various things. Is she posting things that she wants, or is she posting things because someone else wants her to? Personally, I thought that her boyfriend, Jack, needed a slap. What a bumhole!
Sophie Ranald seemed to include the topic of ‘ghosting’, in a roundabout way. It seems to be the most popular thing for folk to do these days. For those you don’t know what ghosting is, it’s basically being ignored by someone who you considered to be a friend and who considered you to be a friend, for no apparent reason. One minute they’re online chatting to you about contouring your bum cheeks, the next they have blocked you all over social media and disappeared into thin air. I’ve been ghosted multiple times and it bloody hurts. I’m glad that the author included it in her story as so many people seem to do it, yet so many people are completely oblivious to it.
Like I said at the very start of this post, the unexpected deep issues within the storyline, caught me off guard, and in a good way! A couple of sensitive subjects were approached by the author, and were handled in such a realistic yet sensitive manner. Don’t get me wrong, they were quite difficult to read due to the emotional factor, but the rawness of the whole situation was incredible to read as the author had done the topic justice.
‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’ reminds me of a modern-day ‘Julie & Julia’ (if you haven’t seen the film, definite must). Gemma Grey is unique. She is relatable. She has got a voice and she isn’t afraid to use it. For me, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read as it kept me entertained and engrossed. The author has such a unique writing style, but what a way to showcase that style in ‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’. I definitely recommend this one!
About the author.
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and a fifth is due for release in Spring 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7233995.Sophie_Ranald
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