Worst Idea Ever – Jane Fallon

Published by: Michael Joseph
Pages: 392
Date released: 29/04/2021
Date read: 01/05/2021

Best friends tell each other everything. Or do they?

Georgia and Lydia are so close, they’re practically sisters.

So when Lydia stars an online business that struggles, Georgia wants to help her – but Lydia’s not the kind to accept a handout. Setting up a fake Twitter account, Georgia hopes to give her friend some anonymous moral support by posing as a potential customer.

But then Lydia starts confiding in her new internet buddy and Georgia discovers she doesn’t know her quite as well as she thought. Georgia knows she should reveal the truth – especially when Lydia starts talking about her – but she just can’t help herself.

Until Lydia reveals a secret that could not only end their friendship, but also blow-up Georgia’s marriage.

Georgia’s in too deep. But what can she save? Her marriage, her friendship – or just herself?

I bought this book yesterday morning, started reading it about noon and by 10pm last night I had finished it. Amazingly, I had never actually read a Jane Fallon book before, even though I’ve heard such praise about her, but this was getting such good early reviews that when I saw it, I just had to buy it, and once I started reading it, I just couldn’t stop.

Jane has written such believable human characters with all their perfectionisms and flaws. We follow Georgia, a successful children’s author and illustrator, who decides to boost her friend, Lydia’s struggling business by pretending to be “Patricia”, a potential new customer on Twitter. In doing so, she opens up a whole can of worms that no-one can seem to put the lid back on. It explores grief, friendship, love, affairs, marriage, celebrations, and how to decide what means the most to you and your life.

Like Georgia, I have written many stories (the only difference being is that she is published and widely successful), and I’d love to make my living as she does as writer and artist. But the most important things in my life, and it turns out in Georgia’s life, is my friends and my family, and as long as you’ve got them, everything else will just fall into place.

Jane manages to tie all of this together without being over the top, without being false and corny, and you feel like you’re reading a memoir about real people rather than a fictional story. It’s such a believable world that we all live in and we all can identify with parts of it.

This might have been my first Fallon book but it sure won’t be my last.

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