Reviewed by Gemma Whates
If you’re looking for a nice easy read, something to help take you away from everyday life, then Charlotte Ashby’s ‘Girls Like Us’ would be an excellent choice. To me it was like the equivalent of watching a reality TV show with the lead character, Emily Brighouse, playing the main role.
Emily Brighouse is a twenty-something, single girl living in South London with her best friend Bella and working in PR. Both Emily and Bella are loving life and spend much of their time going out partying. When not out, dating men and getting in to trouble, Emily is at work at a PR agency trying to give her career a well needed boost. We get to see her work exploits through email conversations with her colleagues and friends, which is engaging and easy to read. The book follows Emily, who seems to always end up embarrassing herself, through one misadventure after another. But when she finally meets a man she really likes, in a surprising twist of fate, can she straighten up and avoid disaster? I won’t spoil the surprise as its lots of fun finding out!
By the end of the book I was beginning to think of Emily as an old friend and at the turn of each page I was willing life to be good to her as she seems to stumble from one disaster to the next. As the story goes on it gets more and more addictive as you wait to see what hilarious situations Emily will find herself in. As the mum of a toddler, I found myself reading during bath time, play time and meal time – it was hard to put down!
To me, the sign of a good book is when, days after finishing, you find yourself missing the main characters from your life. I miss Emily Brighouse.
Available to buy as a paperback or Kindle eBook from Amazon here.