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The Last Laugh

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  120 reviews
'Oh this was such a brilliant read. I was engrossed and laughed out loud and welled up. It was great!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Jenny discovers her days are numbered at the same time she discovers her husband is having an affair

Frankly, she had enough on her plate already. Two tricky teenagers, her mothers constant complaints, friends who arent up to the job and a
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Published February 23rd 2018 by Bookouture
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Dash fan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4☆ Poignant, Heartbreaking yet humorous.

First of all I want to start by saying as a rule I don't read books that have any reference to the Big 'C' Word for personal reasons.

So when I see the blurb for The Last Laugh I was drawn to it. I think it's due to the witty blurb I was hoping this would be a more light hearted read.
I'm glad to say although it was emotional there was enough humour to balance it.

Yes this is a subject that is so current and very very real but Tracy added her special spark
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: I look back at Mark. My chosen path. I've purposely not told him what's going on so far, which might appear strange but I cannot seem to say the words out loud. I cannot even bear to hear them. I 've tried. I've stood in front of the mirror and formed the words in my head and tried to force them out of my mouth but nothing comes out. I just stare and stare and stare at myself and think, is this really happening? If I don't actually say the words then maybe it isn't, maybe everything ...more
Whispering Stories
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Reviewed by Stacey on

Jenny had just been given the devastating news that she had terminal cancer, and most likely looking at 18 months to 2 years left to live. Having been to the hospital appointment on her own, she decided she needed to talk to her husband and went to visit him at work, where he was working late. Unfortunately, it wasnt paperwork he was dealing with, although there was a filing cabinet involved, but some leggy blonde woman.

After leaving the office
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom is the second book Ive picked up by this author and shes quickly becoming known to me as one to expect the laughs to come quickly. This book however has a rather sad side to the plot but the main character does her best to not become sad and still throws those one liners and off the wall actions at the user to keep us smiling.

The story introduces us to Jenny who is a mom to a couple of teenagers and a wife of about twenty years now. It was time for Jenny to head to
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
4.25 Stars
Bittersweet! That's the main word that pops into my mind when I think about this book. So sad yet so joyful and lovely. Devastating, yet uplifting. I haven't read many non-psychological thrillers from bookouture, but they have hit the mark on the head with every genre it seems!

On the day Jenny finds out she has terminal cancer, she finds out her husband is screwing a leggy blonde. Talk about a bad day. So in order to make herself feel alive again, she organises a huge party. Just like
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
" '...well, youre starting to look a bit too thin, thats all. I nod. How many times have I dreamed of someone saying that to me? Being accused of being too thin is like being told youve won too many Oscars in my book. Magical, magical words if ever they come your way. If only I didnt have to get cancer to hear them."

Jenny has plenty to cope with as it is: Ellie, her difficult 17 year daughter; George, her anxious 15 year old son, her demanding mother; her father suffering from altzheimers; her
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
This was a fantastic book filled with laughter and even moments that wrenched your heart! This book was one of a kind and I LOVED the whole experience!
Actual rating 3.5/5.

Originally posted on This Chick Reads

Well, this book was certainly not what I expected. I haven't read any of Tracy's books yet however I do have a couple at home as they were recommended by friends who know I like rom coms. So, naturally I expected a comedy of some sort, maybe with a bit of romance and loads of laughs too. The 'chick lit-ish' cover fooled me too. But nope...this is definitely not a comedy, fluffy, or LOL read. Which doesn't mean it's bad, it's just really
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases, 2018

I don't know if "The Last Laugh" is a new direction for the author, or she has just wanted to try something new for a moment - whatever it is, it has worked and Tracy Bloom has delivered a wonderful, poignant story. It is being advertised as a "romantic comedy", however I wouldn't agree with this, for me it was more poignant than laugh - out - loud, although the book had its funny moments as well - of course, it is Tracy Bloom's book!

On the day Jenny (mum of two) finds out she's terminally ill,
Aiade Guerra
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The two tropes I avoid the most are present on this book: terminal illnesses and cheating, yet I decided to read this book on a whim.

Why do I do this to myself? There were as many tears as I expected and not as much laughter as it suggests...

What makes it a 4-star read though, is that it shows resilience and the importance of strong bonds through a flawed and lovely woman, and whew, it makes you think, specially because it doesn't cheapen something as strong as pain! It was incredible to see
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2018
Don't let my rating fool you, this was an enjoyable story of a woman figuring out how to live now she knows when she's going to die.

Jenny finds out her husband is cheating on her exactly when she's ready to tell him she has terminal cancer. Also, her relationship with her daughter isn't the best and her son depends on her since his father is never there for him. How can she let them go just like that? So she decides to postpone informing everyone and to fully live, like she did back when she met
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book I read with a lump the size of tennis ball in my throat and a smile on my lips. A book that I read with tears falling and roaring laughter. How do I then review such a book...

Jenny finds out she has terminal cancer and her husband having an affair all on the same day. The story starts with that, but it goes on to become something so much genuine where there are tears, laughter, joy and sorrow. Knowing that she has limited time and that funerals are for the living, she decides to throw
Inn Auni
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I Googled 'how to die' and the first on the list is, a support group for people with suicidal tendency. The next on the list is ways to die either fast or painless. Nothing on the list that suggested 'climbing this mountain, swimming that sea, becoming a marathon runner and raising millions for charity.' That's the reason I got my hand on this book.

We were introduced to Julie and the first half of the book was either her reminiscing her old self or telling me what's happening.

Kavita Kumar-Karthik
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was heart-breaking !! The 'C' word I believe is the most dreaded word in the world right now. Sometimes, it makes life feel so unfair. Books like these teach us to live our lives to the fullest each day, to show our love to our family each day, to not take family for granted each day.. Each day matters.. you never know when you'll lose someone dear to you.. And while the thought can be disheartening and gloomy, there are so many people who regret to not have done more, to not to have said ...more
Suze Lavender
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jenny's husband Mark is busy with the deal of his life and when Jenny needs him to go to the hospital with her, he doesn't even make the time for her to be able to ask. She hears the devastating news that she hasn't got long to live on her own. When she drives to her husband's office for support she finds him with another woman. Jenny is heartbroken and decides to take a good look at her life. The adults around her don't show enough of an interest in her, so Jenny doesn't feel inclined to share ...more
Monica Mac
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really lovely book, covering a difficult couple of subjects.

Jenny's story was sensitively told indeed and I found myself getting quite emotionally involved. For me, this wasn't one of those books that make you really bawl all the way through; I found myself saying things like "you go girl!" and "wow, you are really brave", quite a bit of the time. And I really loved Jenny's friends, even her husband started to grow on me a bit by the end of the book ;)

I mean, HOW exactly do you
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had been putting off reading this book for a while as I was conflicted, the blurb sounds as though the book could be depressing, and yet I know the author tends to write fabulously funny books, and I just couldn't work out how the two would marry up.

Having now finished this book I think it was completely fabulous, and although it is dealing with a terminal illness diagnosis, Jenny is determined to live at least some of the rest of her life on her own terms and decides to recreate 1996 the
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jenny is having a bad day to end all bad days. She is told that she has cancer and when about to tell her husband she walks in to find him with another woman. It's a lot to deal with, especially as everything wasn't exactly peachy before that day. Her mother regards her as a disappointment compared to her brother. Phoebe, her seventeen year old daughter has the friend from hell who is at present phoebe's role model. her son is cripplingly shy & withdrawn & she wonders what she has in ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
On its surface, this is a chick lit book: woman goes to tell her husband some heartbreaking news, catches him having an affair, and hijinks ensue.

But it is so much more than that.

For one thing, Tracy Bloom makes you care so deeply about Jenny that you will catch yourself holding your breath, praying that Jenny finds peace and contentment. I cried. Oh, how I cried. I worried for Jenny, and I kept hoping that Tracy Bloom would find a way to give her heroine some happiness.

Despite everything
Gem ~ Bee
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

After a couple of emotionally heavy books I'll admit I was a bit hesitant at picking up The Last Laugh, knowing from the blurb it was about finding out you are dying the same day you discover your husband's infidelity. It was another blogger that prompted me to start it after a glowingly positive review (so thank you Jenny In Neverland). I am so glad I did. This book is uplifting, life-affirming, and most of all funny! Poignant? Yes. Miserable? Not a chance!

I felt I could relate to Jenny in many
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour.  I loved Tracy's No-one ever has sex series so when I heard that Tracy had a brand new book I had to read it. 

Jenny finds out that she is terminally ill the day after her 40th birthday. She decides that instead of telling
Jenny in Neverland
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2018
Ive never picked up a Tracy Bloom book before, simply because I dont really read this genre much anymore. And thats cool, we all have our different tastes but whilst I tend to opt for a disturbing Thriller or a gory Horror, I do like to dip my toes in something different every once in a while. Then when I saw Bookouture announce that The Last Laugh was on NetGalley, it struck me as something I had to read. I loved the cover (I mean, who wouldnt love that cover?) and it sounded like something Id ...more
Rebecca Reviews
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tracy Blooms The Last Laugh is a moving, funny and absolutely memorable novel which will stay with you long after you finish reading.

Jenny finds out that she has terminal cancer on the same day that she discovers her inattentive husband, Mark, is cheating on her. Shes also got a lot on her plate: an overbearing mother, superficial friendships, and a bratty daughter and an anxiety-riddled son. She keeps her diagnosis and her knowledge of her husbands infidelity a secret. Jenny decides to relive
Wit & Wonder Books
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Tracy Blooms The Last Laugh was such an eminently inspirational novel that superimposes two devastatingly life changing scenarios as they redirect the course of Jennys life forever.

Jenny, a mid forties mom of two, has been told she only has a short time to live, and then discovers her husband is cheating on her, all on the same day. And you thought you were having a rough one. Think again. If I had to imagine two of the worst bits of
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of The last laugh in exchange for honest review.
I believe that the book is still being edited, so I am only going to talk about its content and not the writing.
I wouldnt call it a romantic comedy or comedy, its rather a family drama, although I did smile at few jokes.
The main character Jenny is not having a great day. First, she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Then she finds out her husband is having an affair. And the last twenty years
Grace J Reviewerlady
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel as if I've been on a roller coaster whilst reading The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom .. highs and lows, happy and sad, and all at breakneck speed. Never a dull moment!

A none-too-welcome health diagnosis sets Jenny on the path to recapture the best years of her lift and, with the help of her friend Maureen - who does frank and candid like no-one else - she goes about recreating her 25th birthday party and getting back in touch with all the friends she hasn't seen in two decades, whilst also
Donna Maguire

I love and adore Tracys books so this one was always going to be a hit with me! I was genuinely excited to get started and I have to say now Ive finished it I blooming loved it!!

The story is great, I loved every page and flew through the book. So funny in places and touching where it needs to be it really is an excellent piece of work and has been one of my top reads of the year so far!!

Tracy is one of my favourite authors another brilliant 5 star read
Mary Thomas
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for my copy. 4.5*

Jenny receives devastating health news after "celebrating" her birthday with her family. Husband Mark is preoccupied with a huge takeover in work, daughter Ellie 17 cares more about what the coolest girl Phoebe thinks and finally 15 year old son George is a bundle of anxiety.

Jenny works in a care home where her elderly friend Maureen lives. I loved Maureen, the kind of feisty sweary old women that is so engaging and endearing. Jenny reminisces back to 1996
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
4.5 stars.
Although a new author to me, if Tracy Blooms other books are like The Last Laugh she definitely has a new fan.
Yes, on the surface it doesnt seem like a novel about dying and infidelity would be especially enjoyable but it really is plus its about so much more than that.
Tracy writes with a sort of gallows humour that I really like but also with so much emotion, I felt instantly connected to the main character, Jenny, like I was part of her life.
It helped also that there is a
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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