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Hot Mess

Bridget Jones for a new generation

By Lucy Vine

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A fresh and funny coming of age tale with a single-girl heroine that readers of Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham will love. Perfect for fans of Lisa Owen's Not Working, Lauren Berry's Living the Dream and Sophie Kinsella's My Not So Perfect Life.

The eBook Number One bestseller


The hottest book of the summer. A sassy, laugh out loud beach read everyone is talking about

*****

Hot Mess [n.] - someone attractive, who is often in disarray.

Have you ever shown up to Sunday brunch still smelling of Saturday night?
Chosen bed, Netflix and pizza over human contact?
Stayed in your mould-ridden flat because it's cheap?

Meet your spirit animal, Ellie Knight.
Her life isn't turning out exactly as she planned.
She hates her job, her friends are coupling up and settling down, and her flatmates are just plain weird.

Some people might say she's a hot mess but who really has their sh*t together anyway?

For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that will speak to millennials everywhere.

*****

'The laugh-out-loud literary equivalent of Trainwreck-meets-Fleabag' Glamour

'A breath of fresh air, deftly subverting some of chick lit's biggest clichés' Stylist

'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

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781409172215
  • Publication date: 23 May 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
A laugh-out-loud comedy of errors — Sarra Manning, Red Magazine
A breath of fresh air, deftly subverting some of chick lit's biggest clichés. You're guaranteed at least one moment of total recognition per chapter — Stylist
This book is getting a lot of Bridget Jones comparisons, but thanks to her disastrous Tinder dates and single-life fails, we think lead character Ellie Knight is even better. And funnier. This is must-pack holiday reading that'll have you snorting into your pina colada and passing it onto your mates. — Giselle Wainwright, LOOK
A hilarious read that singletons everywhere will relate to. Perfect for the summer. — Natasha Harding, THE SUN
An irreverent, zingy novel about how there's far more to life than finding The One — Kerry Potter, GLAMOUR
This is refreshingly realistic and combines laughs with tear jerking moments — Deirdre O'Brien, SUNDAY MIRROR
Hot Mess has a laugh-out-loud moment on every single page. Hilarious and real - if you like Fleabag and Broad City, then you'll love this book. — Issy Sampson, HEAT
This laugh-out-loud book reminds you that you aren't alone. A Bridget Jones for the Tinder generation — CLOSER
A more realistic, relatable Bridget Jones for this generation — GRAZIA

More sassy than Carrie Bradshaw, more 2017 than Bridget Jones, this is a funny, satisfying read for anyone
who doesn't have all the answers to the perfect life

— Aine Toner, WOMAN'S WAY
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