Let me just start by saying that I LOVED this book! I am genuinely struggling to find the words to describe just how much I adored it, but I’m going to give it a go.
“Amy can’t believe she didn’t see this coming. Well, not THIS. How could anyone anticipate being dumped on TV?
Everyone in Amy’s life seems to be getting married, having children and settling down (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she’s falling behind. So, when her long-term boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday, she thinks he’s going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when, instead, she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf.
Along with five other women, Amy is heartlessly dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned ‘The Keeper’.
While inside the house, will Amy learn that there are worse things than being ‘left on the shelf’?“
Once I started reading this book, I simply could not put it down. I loved most of the characters (others grew on me) and as the book went on, I was torn over who I wanted to be crowned ‘The Keeper’.
Most of all, I loved the message of the book; that you don’t need a partner to find happiness, you shouldn’t settle for someone for the sake of appearances or expectations and that you and your own happiness should always come first. The focus on the impact of social media is also something which stuck with me after reading; how easy it is to believe someone has the perfect life because of their social media image and how important it is to just simply be kind.
This book was so unlike any other that I have read. From the plot, to the characters, to the themes running through it, it was a simply enthralling read.
Overall, this is a fun, fast-paced book, one with a strong message and is one which I would recommend to anyone.