Title: Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy
Author: Lucy-Anne Holmes
Why you should read this book: Musketeers missions
Jenny Taylor is 27 years old and had a difficult past but now she feels so much better and her life is perfect: she has raspberry blonde hair, she is “head” receptionist at the surgery, has a handsome boyfriend who proposes, a wonderful flatmate and the bestest of friends a girl can ask! Everything changes and she starts questioning her life after her mom, whom she hasn’t spoken in years, left her cheating husband and goes to live with her; and if that’s not enough she fell in love at first sight with the charming Joe King, new in town!
Short summary, not at all spoilery. Unfortunately I can’t write everything I loved about this book because that’s all of it! It took me 2 days to finish it and I’m really slow so that’s a sign, that’s destiny.
Back in May Book Depository was having one of theirs “hourly sales” of books. I had a little money saved, I could buy something, so I waited until I saw this book and I was captured by the beautiful cover and title. Notting Hill is one of my favourite chick flicks movies!
Long story short, I was looking for a paperback book to read after the last ebook and I saw it, in a hidden corner of my library. I started it and loved it from the very first page that wasn’t even part of the story, it was the book inscription:
“For all the amazing women
I’ve met, and those I haven’t,
who battle with the dark days.”
I just knew I was going to love this book.
Jenny is bullied when she was in school. Her full name, said fast sounds like “genitalia”. Jenny Taylor, Jenny Taylor, Jenny Taylor, Jenny Taylor. Ok, I can see where that came from. Bullying is not cool, ok? I hate bullies, I don’t understand what’s in for them. Can’t they sleep at night if they haven’t bullied at least one person during the day? Bullying is bad, don’t be a bully.
Jenny had a lot of dark days but thanks to her best friend Philippa she now is a different woman. Philippa wrote her the Smiling Fanny Manifesto, a list of 10 tasks she has to complete each day to feel better. The Smiling Manifesto is why she gets to meet a lot of people and one very important person in her life: Al, her flatmate.
Al is described in a way that you can only think he is a giant ginger teddy bear, at least that’s how I pictured him. He is funny, loyal, sweet and everything. I love Al, I would love to have an Al in my life right now!
Philippa, don’t get me started about Philippa! She is the best! She stood up for Jenny when she was bullied, she was by her side during her dark days, she gave her a reason to keep on living her life to the fullest. I love how they do “Friday Fashion” with dress code: dinner ladies, hostesses, etc. It sounds so much fun!
The three of them go on Musketeer Missions to help people! You have to read it to get it. At first I thought it was a little creepy but then no, it has to be the sweetest thing someone can do for someone else! I want one of Jenny’s anonymous notes!
Jenny has a boyfriend, I hate him, and his name is Matt: Matt the twat (Al’s words, not mine). I won’t say much about him, his parts were the hardest to read. It’s incredible how much you can hate a character in a book, I wanted to punch him. See? He makes me violent, that’s not a good sign.
Everything that’s normal for Jenny and the gang changes after two people arrive in town: Joe King (Joking, get it?) and Jenny’s mom, Pam.
Joe is a musician, he is charming, he is different from Matt. Joe accepts everything about Jenny while Matt criticizes everything she does. You really can’t allow a man to tell you that everything you do is childish if the things you do make you happy!
Pam is Jenny’s mom but they haven’t spoken in years. She goes to her daughter after she found out her husband was cheating on her. She wants to bond with Jenny so she stays in her and Al’s apartment.
I always find it difficult to read about children don’t speaking with their parents but it’s even more difficult to read how these parents behave and do to their kids. I love my family, I can’t imagine a life where I don’t speak to them for years. I feel so lucky!
It’s hard not spoiling anything but trying to get you to understand why you need to read this book. There is so much to say.
If you need a book about love that makes you laugh but also cry, that makes your heart fill with emotions, maybe also want to punch someone, then “Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy” is exactly what you need to read!
Do I recommend it? Yes, 200% yes.
☆: It made my “favourite books” list
Next book is an ebook: The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller. So far it is really interesting.