I’ve been follower the author on Instagram for quite some time where she is always very entertaining, sharing the fun and games of her family life. She’s been sharing her excitement about this novel for some time and so I’m excited to share my review today.
About the Book
Have you ever wondered how normal you are?
What if you were perfectly average?
More than anyone else.
For Emily – it’s true. When she watches a documentary on the average human she sees her life. Her job, her hair, her favourite food. All of her – plainly, horrifically average. Even her blood group. Right there and then, she decides she wants more.
She’ll travel the world (i.e. venture out of her hometown)
She’ll become a vegan (it’s interesting to hate cheese, right?)
She’ll do something daring (As long as it’s safety tested)
Nothing will stand in the way of Emily living her best life. Not even Josh and his dimples. Because she absolutely can’t fall in love… that would be too ordinary.
And from now on, Emily is going to be extraordinary.
Oh how I loved this book and Emily in particular. It was so relatable how she felt that her life wasn’t just ordinary but couldn’t be any more ordinary. The pun in the book title is rather clever. I’m sure many of us have felt that our lives are boring at times and made resolutions to improve ourselves in many ways. This is particularly true at this time of year of course and some of Emily’s Life List goals were perhaps a bit overly optimistic, mostly because she wasn’t being true to herself.
The book was filled with humour and made me laugh out loud quite a lot. The situations Emily gets herself into sometimes were quite funny. The bootcamp provided funny moments as well as when Emily decided to become vegan and did a rather pretentious cookery class. It sometimes seemed she just couldn’t stop opening her mouth and speaking without thinking which really was so entertaining. The kids she taught in her classes at school often made me laugh. The wonderful friendship with her friend Kaz was hilarious to read about at times.
The author brought a perfect emotional touch to the book too as she explored how grief affected Emily’s life and how she often felt guilty that she wasn’t living as she imagined her twin would want her to. I really got the sense of how difficult it was for Emily losing her twin even though they’d actually been quite different. With them being ‘mirror twins’, seeing what must have felt like her sister any time she looked in the mirror must have been incredibly hard.
The romance in the book is perfectly judged too. Emily was determined she absolutely was not going to meet her soulmate at a time which would add to her averageness. So when someone who clearly was her soulmate came along, she did everything she could to make sure they wouldn’t get together.
Overall, I thought this was an excellent debut novel. Emily went from having what she considered to be an extra-ordinary life to one which was more her and more extraordinary than she could possibly have imagined. It’s warm, funny and poignant and full of great characters. Bravo, Rebecca Ryan – I look forward to reading what you write next.
Huge thanks to Sara-Jade at Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to take part in the tour and for sending me
a copy of the book for review. It’s available now in paperback, audiobook and ebook.
About the Author
Rebecca Ryan lives in Bradford with her husband and three young children. Although she always loved writing, it hadn’t really occurred to her that she could do it professionally. She recently left her job as a teacher to pursue writing full-time. She enjoys walking in the countryside and takeaways (if that counts as a hobby).