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Some Kind of Wonderful

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,515 ratings  ·  439 reviews
Curl up with the irresistibly funny and uplifting Sunday Times bestseller from Giovanna Fletcher

'A fun read with a big dose of girl power' SUN

When the love of your life says you're not The One . . . what next?

After celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks Lizzy and Ian are about to get engaged. Including Lizzy.

That is, until a romantic escape to Dubai leaves
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Penguin (first published November 16th 2017)
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This is a light and entertaining quick read by Giovanna Fletcher. Lizzie and Ian have been a couple for 10 years since university, and through the years Lizzie has obsessed about when Ian will propose. She has almost given up that he ever will, only to find on a holiday to Dubai, that he finally bring out the ring. However, to her horror, there is heartbreak when he comes out with the fact that he is just not able to propose and that he no longer wants to be with her. A shell shocked Lizzie retu ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
After loving Billy and Me and Always With Love the other Giovanna Fletcher I have read were a little disappointing until now. This one had a Lindsey Kelk feel to it and I loved the story for it. I loved the mention of Billy Buskin (He's such a great character). Lizzy is the stereotypical lead female role with her heart broken by Ian, determined to fix it she has the mission of finding who is was before Ian. Lizzy learns that throughout your life you and the people around you change, in the end f ...more
3.5 happy stars

“People are meant to come into our lives and affect us. They're meant to challenged us and help us to grow. From the very first time you're cradled into your mother's bosom you're learning about human contact, love and devotion. Not every interaction will be quite as significant or powerful, but they'll push and pull you through life and help you grow and learn.”

I don't usually read chicklit, I tend to reach for PNR/UF, and now I'm wondering why I've never read more of this genre.
Joanne Robertson
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Giovanna Fletchers books so was really looking forward to Some Kind of Wonderful. It follows a slightly different path from her previous books but that’s not a negative just an observation! But don’t worry fellows fans, it’s still the wonderfully funny and open Giovanna Fletcher that we all know and love!

Lizzie and Ian have been together since, like, FOREVER and surely the next step after the long term romance and the flat is that ring on her finger followed by the wedding of her dreams.
Monica (crazy_4_books)
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, 3-stars
This is not a romance but more on the lines of women's fiction. The thing is: I've read this story before, a version of it at least. In my opinion, Kelly Harms did it better with "The overdue life of Amy Byler", or Sarah Haywood in "The Cactus". It's the typical story of a woman whose life is turned upside down over night and she needs to follow a path of self-discovery. Not that those books I mentioned started the same way because they had different plot lines, but the main focus of female empo ...more
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Well I have to say this is a bit of a departure from the normal Giovanna Fletcher writing style but one that I absolutely loved. Lizzy has been with Ian since Uni and she has their whole lives planned out, even if it is only in her imagination. When they go on a trip to Dubai Lizzy is convinced that this is 'it'. Instead she finds herself at the polar opposite of where she thought she would be and flies home a single woman. This throws her and she returns to her Mum's house to lick her wounds a ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad to say that I really did not enjoy or get into this book. I wanted to love it as I think that Giovanna herself is absolutely brill! However, I got up to 20% and realised that I just wasn't enjoying it. There was so much padding in the narrative, and unnecessary detail, that I just wanted to get on with the main plot points. Still by 20% of the way through it felt like nothing had happened (admittedly the breakup had happened but that was being dragged out something chronic) and I wanted ...more
Aleida Oskam
It took me a while to finish this one. And thats mostly because the story didn't really get to me. I could pick this book up after I left it and not directly remembering it anymore what it was about. I think I was wanting for something exciting to happen which I missed a bit. There were good bits but not that it got me really hooked on the story. It was okay but I have had better reads.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this book, I love Giovanna's work but this book just wasn't for me. For starters the story of a break up and subsequent life change was good, however, the long and labourious remainder of the book didn't seem to go just petered out. Wish I'd have waited for a price drop before reading.
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There are times in life when you just need to read an uplifting, awe-inspiring, heartfelt novel,. Before I read ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’, I was definitely in the mindset of ‘omg can someone take me away from all this shizzle….’. I needed to read a book that allowed me to escape, give me hope and try to defrost the several layers around my heart.

Did it work?

At first I thought the storyline was a bit too sickly sweet, how
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Giovanna Fletcher is a great author and I couldn’t wait to read Some Kind of Wonderful.

The story follows Lizzie, who finally wants to get married to her boyfriend Ian. They have been together for many years. Her dreams a crushed though and after a holiday, she finds herself heartbroken and alone and back at her parent’s house.

It’s also her chance though, a chance for a fresh start and of figuring out what she really wants. It was f
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has its heart in the right place and is a lovely comfort read when you are feeling a bit meh and need cheering up.

Lizzie is a great character. I didn't warm to her at the start of the book, because she was so fixated on getting a ring on her finger that she lacked any depth or redeeming features. However, as the book progressed and Lizzie dealt with the realisation that she was now on her own, she became a much more endearing person and I found myself cheering her on as she
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, net-galley
Lizzie is on a dream holiday with her boyfriend and expecting him to propose in the most romantic way. The book explores shattered dreams, family dynamics and rebuilding your whole life when the one you'd hoped and dreamt about is cruelly snatched away. Lizzie works to rediscover the girl she was before and that she is entitled to have her own thoughts and decisions on what happens.
I loved the characters and the whole feeling around the family, even her nightmare sister.
I always enjoy Giovanna F
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-that-i-own
Likes it but didn’t love it which is unusual as I’m a huge fan.

A simple story with simple characters.

A nice easy read
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed this story! It began quite... "eesh" but I loved the transformation Lizzy went through.

It's refreshing to find realness in this contemporary books. The characters have flaws (quite real ones!) and aren't black or white.

Some parts were a bit too descriptive for my liking but Giovanna's style is fresh and light so they weren't too bad.

I finished this book feeling encouraged to pursue my happiness and my dreams. I loved the fact that the story makes you cheer for Lizzy
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley. This is the first book I have read by Giovanna Fletcher but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was quite funny in places. There was not too many characters in the story which made it a nice easy read for me as I knew who everyone was without having to go back to parts in the book to refresh my memory. Highly recommended!
Karen Jarvis
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice easy read
Claire Watson
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some Kind of Wonderful is the latest book from Giovanna Fletcher and is genuinely fantastic.

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university and have been together for a decade. They’re on a romantic holiday to Dubai and everyone assumes they’re going to get engaged. After all, it’s been ten years! There is a proposal but it’s nothing like Lizzy expected and slowly, through the tears and heartbreak, she realises being Ian’s other half for so long has caused her to miss out on
Jasmine Toohey
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely a feel good book. When Lizzie gets dumped she rediscovers what it means to be on her own, what she wants and who she is without being in a relationship. It's well written and I enjoy reading books by Giovanna Fletcher. Highly recommend!
Fabulous Book Fiend
This book instantly felt like a classic rom com as soon as I started reading it. The strong female lead, the rubbish boy friend, the whole premise of the book screams everything that I love from my favourite genre of book and it delivered as well. I loved the fact that we have a strong female lead in this book. All of Giovanna's books have this in common but this one seemed a little different from her others so I was a little worried that the lead might be a little more of a pushover but she is ...more
Nicola Clough
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to read this book as it's been a while since her last chicklit book. Well worth reading and fun throughout I would say it's not one of her best but still loved it and had great meaning. It was an easy read and full of love and friendship and finding out who she is after heartbreak. Lizzie and Ian have been going out for ages and she is desperate to get married and when they go on a romantic holiday she thinks her luck is in but once he asks her he realises it's not for him and th ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really sad that I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to because I love Giovanna Fletcher as a person! The first quarter of this book, I really didn't like. It just felt so cliche and it felt like the author was trying too hard to relate to being a teenager even thought the main character in this book is aged 28.

There was also so many sentences where information that just didn't need to be there, was there. A lot of these sentences had references to celebrities and their songs and it
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Journey of self discovery for the main character, as she tries to work out what version of herself she really is,

Whether its the person she was at 18 before she met Ian, at 28 after 10 years of being with Ian before being broken up with in a memorble way, or some other version of hersef,

Within the book we learn a lot about her family and best friend, and I loved seeing all the various characters.

I am a huge fan of Giovanna Fletcher and although not my favourite book by her, I still thought it wa
Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
I blooming lived this book! It has been a while since I read a book by Giovanna Fletcher and I am regretting that immensely after listening to the audio of this one.
Lizzy the main character is relatable as she is dumped by her boyfriend of a number of years instead of being proposed to. She then goes on a mission to find herself with the help of her family and friends. I found this to be highly amusing throughout, the narrator did an amazing job and it was a perfect accompaniment to my journey.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like because I think the author is fab... however, try as I might; I just couldn’t. The story lacked depth or any interesting plot. The characters were empty and had no fascinating qualities between them but above all - nothing actually happened. At all. However, Fletcher is fab so I’ll probably give another book a whirl just in case.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book! It was my first by the author but I’m sorry to say I was bored! Nothing happened! I think if she had added a couple of twists and turns and some not so nice characters to the story it might have had more depth to it. Sorry Giovanna!
Isabelle Broom
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. Gi's best yet. Full review to follow.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This is exactly what I needed right now. Getting a physical copy ASAP!
Georgina Wyatt
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
empowering, every girl should read this at least once, please tell me there's a follow up?
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Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruf

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