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The Right Girl

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  48 reviews
What do you do when your perfect life . . . isn’t?

Freya has the best life – she’s officially in love and her floristry business, Blooming Brilliant, is going from strength to strength.

Two years ago, it was a different story. She was barely employed as the worst waitress in the world, with no hope of a boyfriend, and no bank balance. But then she got BBest, a lifestyle app
Paperback, 393 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Simon & Schuster AU
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Freya and Mason had just become engaged – the lifestyle app BBest must have been correct in judging she and Mason were best suited. Mason even did all BBest told him to - how to propose, where to propose and what fripperies to use as accessories.

Freya’s floristry business, Blooming Brilliant, which she ran from her mother’s garage, was doing well. She was supplying the bouquets for weddings, as well as the surrounding blooms – her business was becoming so well known she knew she’d have to move
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, aww2018
The Right Girl marks author Ellie O’Neill’s third published novel. For me, this is the second book I have read by Ellie O’Neill. I really loved the magical realism and unique approach O’Neill takes to her books so the chance to read her latest book, The Right Girl, was very much welcomed. This time around, O’Neill’s novel takes a very different line. Initially, The Right Girl reads like a solid women’s fiction novel, but if you scratch beneath the surface of
Freya Flannigan is on top of the world. Four years ago she started using the BBest app, an app tailored to her based on her digital footprint. She surrendered everything she ever did on line to the app and now her life runs exactly to the app time line. It tells her when she feels like a coffee, what she wants or needs to eat and more. BBest suggested that being a florist was her ideal line of work, so she now runs a successful florist business out of her mother’s garage. She has recently become ...more
Bree T
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
In Freya’s world, everyone has come to rely on the app BBest. It basically takes control of your life and makes decisions for you. Don’t know what you want as a career? Answer a few questions and it’ll tell you. It’ll suggest what to wear, what to eat, if you want a coffee or not and soon begins to link up with financial institutions and dating apps. If you’re applying for a loan at the bank and it sees that you adopt all of BBest’s choices for you, that reflects well.

For Freya, BBest is everyth
Apr 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
I wanted to love this book so much! The premise was good and the cover is gorgeous. Unfortunately for me it didn't hit the mark.

I hated the main character. She was so dumb, and very self absorbed for someone who lacked complete self awareness. And because I hated her so much I couldn't understand why people liked her, or could put up with her. That pretty much created a disconnect between me and everyone else in this book. Everytime Freya spoke I felt like I was slamming my head face first into
Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا
I would love to get my hands on a copy of Ellie O'Neill's new book The Right Girl because I loved Reluctantly Charmed so much, but sadly I can't find it in Amazon at all.

Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
God, this book has such potential but it is so poorly written and executed. Everything is so jumbled up and confused that there’s no telling what the author was really going for here. It’s not a romance novel, it’s not sci-fi and it’s not really dystopian. It’s just... boring and predictable.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this: by turns romance, social commentary, fluff and dystopian, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Freya, the protagonist, is a fun - if a little vapid - young woman who is loving her dream career as a florist, and recently became engaged to a handsome and successful Australian. Yet, she's not quite happy. It turns out, she has been living her life for the past few years based on an app that suggests options for you based on algorithms. The app, BBes
Natasha Cowles
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A very interesting concept. I picked up this book looking for a light romantic, comedy, however I got something very different, but very enjoyable. While there is a romance storyline within the novel, the main focus is a sci fi thriller set in a very near future where people allow their lives to be run by a single phone app.

Ellie O'Neill has written a protagonist who is relatable and loveable. In fact, all of the characters (except maybe two, but they only get a small amount of time) are likeabl
Gill D. Anderson
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a clever and original storyline that managed to be far fetched yet scarily believable at the same time. It kept me intrigued and made me wonder where we are headed as a society when it comes to technology taking over the human race...
Ellie Sian
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I find my thoughts drifting back to this book weeks later. Its such a "likely" concept.
I think if this was available to us we would probably use it.
Its an intoxicating read because we have also all done things we regret in the name of "growing up" or being adult.
Felicity Price
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Right Girl. Ellie O’Neill. Simon and Schuster. $33
Unfortunately, Freya Flannigan takes a long time to come right, making the first 140 or so pages of The Right Girl a trial to read. Freya is not only addicted to her phone, checking in every few minutes to make sure she’s on the right track but, presenting as vain and vacuous, she is so bound up in her perfect life that one is tempted to call for the sick bucket. Or give up on her. The promise of the cover strapline “What do you do when your
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

I was wondering the shops the other day, and the cover to The Right Girl popped out at me. I picked it up and read the back and thought it sounded pretty interesting so I grabbed it! It turned out to be a good read, but it wasn't what I expected it to be at all.

The Right Girl was set five years into the future, in a world where we rely on our mobile phones a little too much. The BBest app was created so you can ask it simple everyday questions that you wou
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I say anything else, I need to point out the biggest reason I enjoyed 'The Right Girl' was so much of it was so unexpected. So if you haven't read it yet, before you go reading any reviews or blurbs, just know it's good, and maybe even better blind.


Come for the romance, stay for the social commentary on technology, big businesses and how they control our lives.

This book is equal parts perplexing, delightful and thought-provoking. When I starte
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Ellie O’Neill third book – The Right Girl.

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed both of O’Neill’s previous books I was really looking forward to reading this one and was therefore surprised when I initially found myself irritated by the seemingly vacuous nature of the characters and story line.

And then it changed. And instead I found I was reading a brilliantly, disturbingly well written expose of a world w
L.J. Savage
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so surprised at this novel, which was listed as a romantic comedy in my local library... Inaccurately.

Don't get me wrong, there are certainly romantic elements to the story (as with all Ellie O'Neill's books), but this story I would say is more contemplative than anything.

Most of Ireland has been using a phone app BBest to help them choose the best options in their lives - what should I wear? what should I do tonight? what should I eat? - and Freya is no exception. She's even handed over t
Monica Mac
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very intriguing book.

At first, I thought it was a regular women's fiction kind of book, but as I kept reading, it was clear that it isn't. It is a super clever, multi-layered book that veers slightly into science fiction territory and really makes you think.

Freya has her life all planned out - she is expanding her business and she is marrying Mason, and these two big decisions as well as a lot of small ones, have been decided upon because of an app via BBest. I mean, there is absolut
Kat at Book Thingo
This books is a bit of a surprise. It starts off as a fairly run-of-the-mill women’s fiction story set in Ireland, then slowly turns into a bit of a statement on the privacy implications of Western society’s dependence on technology. It’s an intriguing premise, and the author doesn’t really manage more than a superficial exploration of the social issues that the book raises. But I appreciate the attempt. I like that the story focuses on women’s careers and relationships and domestic issues, but ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of 'The Right Girl' by Ellie O'Neill from Simon & Schuster to review as part of the Beauty and Lace Book Club.

This is the first novel of Ms O'Neill's that I've read and I must say that I was very surprised by it.

It starts off as stereotypical "Chick lit" - all light and frothy but it soon twists and turns and morphs into something else. The author is able to delve into some controversial topics such as our increasing loss of privacy to the government and corporations and their
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Freya, our main protagonist has gone from frumpy and broke with no career aspiration to successful and engaged with a blooming business two years later, all due to the help of an app called BBest. In this alternate universe, it seems that most of Ireland, and perhaps the world are using BBest to make all their life decisions. The story follows a recently engaged Freya as her business starts to become more successful and life seems to be falling into place with the help of this app.

I’ll be hones
Lisa Jane
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie O’Neill’s sweat book is another fantastic read.
The right girl provokes you to think and question what you are doing on your phone. Freya’s life seems perfect and like nothing could go wrong until she finds out that it has all been manipulated.
Freya starts to question who she is and if she actually likes what BBest tell her she does?
It isn’t until Freya meets Patrick that she finally admits that despite the numbers and what BBest is telling her Mason and her have nothing in common and th
Julie Garner
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
As always, Ellie O'Neill is right on target with her new novel. Great blend of romance, family and a little mystery.
Freya's life seems perfect but as we all know, all is not always as it seems. In this world, everyone's life is run/guided by a phone app. It is a world where thinking for yourself is frowned upon. Your perfect life is brought to you by BBest for your best self.
How do you commit the rest of your life to someone who just doesn't feel right but on paper is perfect? Freya's perfect wo
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
My comment on a review: (they gave it two stars). You don’t feel it’s a bit utopian? I mean we do live in an age at the moment that stars can tear a business apart. Where dating apps are dominating. People are spending less and less time outdoors. She isn’t Margaret Atwood, but her writing style is very here and now. And the underlying issues are one to make you stop and think. We are in the day and age where we are actively giving google, Facebook, and amazon permissions to listen to our conver ...more
Kristy Sayer-Jones
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Freya wakes up every morning and picks up her phone 📱 The BBest app's algorithms choose everything for her day - her breakfast, her commute to work, her career options and even her fiancé. Engaged to her 93% BBest match, things are supposed to be perfect for Freya - but why is she getting more and more annoyed with her perfect match and falling more and more involved with the mystery guy from her grandfather's book shop? 😳

I LOVED this book. I'm secretly hoping it gets turned into a movie because
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. It's part rom-com, part Black Mirror episode (specifically Nosedive and Hang The DJ). The book is set in Dublin, in a near future where people rely on an app called BBest to make decisions about pretty much everything from what to wear to their careers. The main character is a 20-something florist called Freya who is engaged to her BBest 93% match Mason, but starts questioning everything when she falls for Patrick. Freya initially comes off as a bit awkward and ditzy, but co ...more
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From Irish author, Ellie O’Neill comes her third contemporary novel, The Right Girl. I adored O’Neill’s debut novel, Reluctantly Charmed, so I knew I was in for a treat. From the opening pages I was transported to Ireland in the not too distant future, where I met the protagonist, Freya. Freya is a 28 year old woman, who is every woman living day to day with all that life throws at her. With a crappy job and little in the bank account, she, like millions of others, downloads a lifestyle app call ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of Black Mirror, this book delves into the depths of a lifestyle app turned insidious corporation that reminds you of Big Brother in 1984 and the Circle. The scariest part is that you can see it happening! The general theme the dichotomy between free choice and making mistakes and having some larger authority thinking they know what’s best, and punishing you when you don’t listen.

A dystopian book with a romantic twist - good read, though the language I find a little cliche - but that
Kate Reid
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book definitely had an interesting concept, and one that doesn't feel too far fetched in our current digital age! However, I felt frustrated with Freya just following along with what she was told to do, never thinking for herself (even when she was supposedly frustrated at that very concept!). It appeared the only reason she wanted her life back was so she could date someone new! Anyway, a quick and easy read. ...more
Anna Ciddor
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listened on audio. Loved the Irish accent of the reader, and great story. Terrific, scary premise that is very believable of a future life controlled by a powerful app. Add a romance and some nail-biting espionage... My only criticism was that the grand finale was handled in an anti-climactic way in an epilogue instead of being the climax of the story.
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Ellie is an Irish Australian bestselling author. She writes commercial fiction and is the author of four books. Her new novel, FAMILY MATTERS, published with Allen and Unwin will be released in June 2022. Her writing has been described as charming, whimsical, funny and touching. To date all of her books have been set in Ireland and she’s not entirely sure why. Australia has been home for over ten- ...more

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