Claire Flannery has quit her job in order to discover her true vocation - only to realize she has no idea how to go about finding it. Whilst everyone around her seems to have their lives entirely under control, Claire finds herself sinking under pressure and wondering where her own fell apart. 'It's fine,' her grandmother says. 'I remember what being your age was like - of course, I had four children under eight then, but modern life is different, you've got an awful lot on.' Sharp, tender and funny, Lisa Owen's brilliantly observed debut Not Working is the story of a life unravelling and a novel that asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.
I give it - 5/5
My review - Don't you love it when a book makes you laugh out loud, a lot? Well, this book made me do that.
I also think this story is based on my life as I am currently going through a 'what am I doing with my life?' phase.
In this story we meet Clare. Clare has recently left her job as she wants to do something different with her life. The only problem is, she doesn't actually know what she wants to do with her life. She currently lives in London with her boyfriend, drinks wine, hangs out with her friends, 'applies' for jobs and has a fight with a plant.
What I really loved about this story was how it was written. The story was chopped up into different paragraphs, talking about different things that she was doing and it just really flowed perfectly together. As she couldn't keep her mind on one thing and it was really relatable. Some parts will be quite long whilst other parts would only be a sentence, like her dreams and it just worked so well.
I thought this was such a fantastic book and Lisa, for her debut book, has written something so witty and relatable that I think everyone will fall in love with it's quirkness. It will have you laughing out loud and even when there is arguments with her boyfriend they just seem to be silly and funny.
This was a fantastic read. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It was so gripping and Clare was a really great character to read about and I would defiantly love to read more about her in the future.
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