By Lucy Vine
A fresh and funny coming of age tale with a single-girl heroine that readers of Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham will love.
Hot Mess [n.] - someone attractive, who is often in disarray.
Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn't turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she's a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together anyway?
It's Valentine's Day and Ellie finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date.
But single doesn't have to be the loneliest number, does it?
She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates.
It's ok there's black mould everywhere, right?
With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now.
Doesn't everyone hate their job?
Maybe Ellie isn't following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to - a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.
Everyone is talking about Hot Mess:
'More lifestyle-affirming than Bridget Jones' Sarah Knight, author of The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
'If you love dirty jokes, dating horror stories and hilarious dialogue, this book is for you' Emma Gannon, author and podcast host of Ctrl Alt Delete
'I laughed and sighed with recognition as I turned every page' Daisy Buchanan, author of How To Be a Grown-Up
Lucy Vine is a freelance journalist based in London, who regularly writes and edits for the likes of Grazia, Heat, Cosmo, Stylist and Marie Claire. She also writes a weekly newsy column for Grazia Daily. Fed up of seeing the happily-ever-afters in films, she decided to write her own and her debut Hot Mess is the result. Follow her on Twitter @Lecv
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13 Jul 2017
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Praise for the hottest new release of 2017:
I'd need the fingers and toes of all the Tinder dates that Ellie Knight goes on in Hot Mess - and then some - to count the times I laughed out loud while reading this bawdy broad of a book. More lifestyle-affirming than Bridget Jones, less jab-a-fork-in-my-eye weepy than Love, Actually - this is a rom-com for a new generation. I loved it!
— Sarah Knight, bestselling author of The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together
The most relatable book I've read in years - funny, real, filthy, if you liked Fleabag and Broad City, you'll love this — Heat
If you love dirty jokes, dating horror stories and hilarious dialogue, this book is for you. Hot Mess will make you feel less alone and proud to be the imperfect hero of your own life — Emma Gannon, author and podcast host of Ctrl Alt Delete
Hot Mess is one of the funniest, warmest books I've ever read. Heroine Ellie is a loveable, likeable everywoman and I laughed and sighed with recognition as I turned every page. It's a gorgeous story about all relationships, friendships, family and romance. If it doesn't make you laugh out loud, I could never be friends with you. A truly lovely and lively debut - I'm hooked on Lucy Vine's writing. — Daisy Buchanan, author of How To Be a Grown-Up
Lucy Vine is always hilarious and with Hot Mess she's channelling her uniquely pithy tone into shining a light on the daily toils of being single and millennial. I'd swipe right for Hot Mess — Grazia
The funniest thing I have read in a very,very long time. Ellie Knight is your new single soul sister and the perfect antidote to nosy relatives constantly asking when you're going to meet someone "nice" — Cosmopolitan
Bad dates, bad mates, figuring yourself out and f**king it up - the laugh out loud literary equivalent of Trainwreck-meets-Fleabag — Glamour