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Hot Mess

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,915 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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
Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 13th 2017 by Orion Books (first published May 23rd 2017)
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Miriam Smith
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbc
"Hot Mess" by Lucy Vine is one of those books that's like a breath of fresh air.
This has to be one of the funniest books I've read in a long time, great story, fab characters and just so humorous you really do just want to laugh out loud.
I liked Ellie very much, I think as women we all can relate to at least one of her stories, and I also thought her Dad, Alan, was great too with his 'novel' he was writing and I especially thought the conversation about 'getting back out there' very funny!
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Not quite the "modern Bridget Jones", because Bridget Jones wasn't NEARLY as whiney and self-pitying as Eleanor in this book. I just could not warm up to the main character - the constant whining about being single, about living in a shitty flat, the fact that most of the time she was embarrassed about her lovely father who was just lonely and wanted to spend some time with his daughter, the weird "story within a story" by including the "novel" excerpts Lennie's dad sent her (My Dad wrote a Porn ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Hot Mess' is a witty, funny, laugh-out-loud book. Great characters, well written, it's a really good read.
It tells a story of an almost thirty year old Ellie King whose life is just not turning out the way she thought it's supposed to do. Disastrous dates, not quite the dream job, people insisting that they know what's best for her; Ellie is really struggling to find her voice and be able to live the life exactly how she wants it without having to explain herself to anyone.
To me the biggest str
Katie Lumsden
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one - great fun, entertaining writing, with such a strong plot and message. I absolutely loved the characters, and the way this novel looked at friendship and family. I'd highly recommend.
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
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OHMYGOD where has this book been all my life?!?! -puts back of hand to forehead dramatically-. I am over the moon that an author has taken one look at the 'lovey dove sticking tongue down neck slurping bae' type love stories, cleared them away like a totes dramatic clearing the desk scene in a Hollywood movie, and been all ', time to get realistic!!'. Well, TECHNICALLY the author may not have done that, but in
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved it. It was incredibly hilarious and also made me cry. Fantastic!
Quite disappointed with this one. It had all the right words, all the ~sassy~ comebacks, but overall it just felt like a rather long dating column. I have no idea why so much of the book was devoted to the "erotic novel" Ellie's father was writing. It wasn't funny. I felt like it was added to make the novel seem longer than it actually was, as it didn't add anything to the overall story. Whilst Hot Mess was enjoyable and certainly gave me a few laughs, it's not quite in the same league as Bridge ...more
Jo ReadsRomance
"Hot Mess" was fresh, entertaining and fun. This was a story that made me smile big and chuckle with every turn of the page. Ellie Knight was single, approaching thirty and the pressure was on to meet the man of her dreams. When I began reading this story, I immediately expected a "Bridget Jones" style read, however it turned out to be completely different and a refreshing change to books I had previously read.

This book followed Ellie through the precarious world of dating as well as the relati
Suzie Iles
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is really good read. Ellie is funny, wild and clearly very talented in her field (which she sadly does not work in). But scratch the surface and you find "one of us". She has been revelling in being single and dating via Tinder but underneath, she has the same insecurities as most of us. The stigma of being single at almost 30 is sadly still a "thing" but it gets thrown out of proportion in her own mind and in that of her friends and family. It's a very realistic view of modern life, perhap ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I blame The Writing Garnet for telling me about this book. That woman is a menace, she costs me so much money in new books! This book is amazing, so laugh out loud funny, and the dating scene is scary to read - single women of today need to read this book to know that it's not just them suffering! This is now in my top 4 of 2017. Absolute bargain at 99p too.
Oct 08, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: fiction, not-for-me
DNF @ 25%

No thanks. The protagonist is a horrible human being towards just about everyone and her bad dates are painful (in a not funny way). Next!
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hot Mess is chick lit at its best, it made me laugh, smile and I wanted to keep reading and not put it down.

This is one of my favourite summer reads from this year, it follows Ellie through her relationship ups and downs and contains many comical moments along her journey of self discovery. Perfect book to take on your summer holiday or when you fancy something light and upbeat
Amy (palimpsest_etc)
Funny and easy to relate to!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-releases, 2017

Oh jeez, guys, Lucy Vine just went to the very top of my favourite authors list! I've no idea where she's been hiding my whole life and I hope she'll keep writing books - "Hot Mess" was one of the funniest novels I have ever read, full of "oh no, she didn't do/say this" moments, cringing with embarrassment moments and I know that I say it in my reviews, but this time I really mean it - laughing out loud! It was like reading Kirsty Greenwood and Lisa Dickenson mixed together - abso - bloody - bri
Kelly (purplebookstand)
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hot Mess

I've had the privilege of reading a couple of really funny books recently...Hot Mess is one of them!
Hot Mess is entertaining, relatable and laugh out loud funny! I read a lot of thrillers and so every so often I need something more upbeat, and this book was the perfect choice! I always enjoy a light hearted chick lit read and this one can't fail to entertain! Four solid shiny stars from purplebookstand!
Gail Atkins
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A thirty something Eleonor, is looking for the 'one'! After a failed romance she lives in room in a house she calls the 's***hole'. Eleanor tries various ways to meet her ideal man; we read her trials and tribulations in the dating game.
Throughout the book the other main characters are her dad: grieving for his dead wife, begins to write a novel. Her sister and niece who live in America. Their communication is mainly through Skype and emails.
Will Eleanor finally find the loves she thinks she ne
Hilary Mortz
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely entertaining book. The characters are original and genuinely funny, there is just enough pathos to create empathy and the humour is down to earth and believable. I especially liked Alan, our heroine’s sixty-something widowed Dad, with his emails and the hilarious extracts from his ‘bloke-lit’ novel (the sort of thing I usually skip when I’m reading this type of story).

Hot Mess is an ideal summer read, whether you are heading to the beach or simply having a bit of quality tim
Karen Barber
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Approaching thirty, single, stuck-in-a-rut job...Ellie Knight is the "hot mess" in question.
Hailed as the new Bridget Jones almost made me not want to read this (never quite got it), but I'm glad I gave it a chance.
It's funny (for the most part) and there's something likeable about Ellie, even though she seems stuck in between teen and adult mode.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my thoughts.
Karen Farrow
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book to a certain degree. It was witty, sharp and downright funny in some places but not quite "Bridget Jones". I would recommend it if you are looking for an easy read that you don't have to think about, definitely chick lit
Loraine Holland
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading this author and I must say I liked it a lot. Hot Mess is the story of a almost thirty something woman, Ellie and her struggles with life. A funny, heart warming tale of life as a single woman and her fight to be happy. At some points I wanted to 'slap' Ellie for being so self- absorbed but she redeemed herself.
An enjoyable read with everything thrown in, family, flat mate, best friends and work life; not all of which are helpful in Ellie's journey of self discovery
Fabulous Book Fiend
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The info about this book states that it features Bridget Jones meets Carrie Bradshaw and I really couldn't have put it better myself! Those are weighty words and hard to live up to especially when they are two of my favourite characters of all time, but Ellie really is a combo of the two. She is a character who is very easy to relate to. She won't be everyone's cup of tea, she's like that friend that you can see making some mistakes but you have tried and tried to keep them on the right path and ...more
Nicola Mitchell
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
An easy to read story about Eleanor Knight; sister, friend, aunt and daughter. Started out as a woe is me tale of 'singledom' and all it has or doesn't have to offer. Lenny, as she is known to her widower father, has spent her life doing what others want of her and only shows her true mettle in her dead end job. Until she decides to take control. Wonder what the outcome will be? Lighthearted with some cringeworthy moments, this is worth a read.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy to read and laugh out in places this is a story of A 30 something gal looking for love . No quite a modern day Bridget jones but Ellie did make me laugh as she slipped from adult to teen and visa Versa . My thanks to tbc reviewers for my copy 3.5 stars
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book hilarious. I can’t count the amount of times I laughed out loud!
I loved all the characters. I loved Ellie the most though. She is just an amazing main character so witty and funny. I would love her as a best friend!
Would recommend to anyone who wants a good laugh!!
Eleanor Pilcher
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

A good start with some really relatable humour and characters but very clunky and irritating towards the middle. No character needs to be likeable but they do have to bearable and I has to push a bit wth Ellie towards the middle. From the crisis point at about 70% way through the pace picked up and became relatable again. A sweet and honest ending. It is a millennial Bridget Jones Diary.
Katey Lovell
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A funny novel about singledom and finding your place in the world, with plenty of feminism for good measure.

A lively, punchy read, but I'd have enjoyed this more if there was more of Ellie's dad's comedy 'dirty novel' - that was my definite highlight.
Naomi Thompson
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
So entertaining I enjoyed this a lot
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genuinely hilarious - couldn’t put it down.
Amy Wood
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Made me snort with laughter on a crowded train to London.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
VERY FUNNY! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so glad! The little jokes throughout were so funny and current I found the whole thing relatable. The fantastic story within the story had my actually laughing out load! I enjoyed it very much and finished it within two days. I would recommend thus book to friends and family!
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