So, when her boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday to a mystery destination, she thinks this is it - he's going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality t ...more
Wow, this book packs a few punches but does so in a witty and clever fashion. Amy Wright is in a relationship with Jamie, she’s 32, feels her clock is ticking, other friends are settling down and so is he her best bet??? Apparently not as he dumped her in the most spectacular and humiliating way by doing so for a new reality television show called The Shelf. There are a number of choice words to describe Jamie but I’ll refrain. Six other women join the show, five of whom are also dumped, the ...more
The Shelf is an immensely readable book and one that does keep the interest throughout.
Initially I was in a blind rage as I read the early chapters. I couldn’t understand why any of these intelligent women would agree to stay on this TV show that in essence was about belittlin ...more
Thirty-two-year-old Amy Wright has been dating her boyfriend Jamie for the last two years. When Jamie announces he is whisking her away, she packs for an exotic holiday in the sun, where she ends up is a completely different story.
Jamie takes Amy to a TV studio where a new reality show is being filmed. The show is called ‘The Shelf’ and it would seem that Jamie has decided to dump Amy on national TV and submit her for the new show which is to teach women ...more
The Shelf is a darkly satirical look at society’s obsession with finding someone to settle down with that women of a certain age often find themselves sucked into, particularly in the era of social media where we are bombarded with the evidence that everyone else is getting ahead. Consider how low reality TV has descended in recent years and simply take it one step further by adding a shockingly m ...more
When Amy is dumped unknowingly live on TV for a new reality show called “The Shelf” based on a ‘big brother’ style house, she and five other women must compete in obnoxious and humiliating tasks to be crowned ‘the keeper’ and win a million pounds. Will Amy’s time on the show make her realise there is more to being with a par ...more
A nice light read (listened to on audio) between deeper reading material.
Being in you’re thirties, being in a relationship for two years.....then your boyfriend wants to whisk you away on holiday.
Oh is this the big proposal of marriage, bridesmaids and church bells ringing?
He dumps her, not just that, but on reality TV.
How does someone recover from that.
A huge big hit with me.
Loved it, characters were so well rounded and differen ...more
I mostly listened to the audio on this one but also a little ebook (ARC) too at night when I just had to carry on with the story. This story is a woman in a relationship’s worst nightmare of dumping alongside ...more
So I didn't hate the book. I thought it was a fine read, writing style was okay, the main character wasn't too bad, etc. But I haaaated the sexism, the woman hate, almost all of the male characters, pretty much everything to do with the reality show aspect.. which was the whole premise of the book.
While it was a quick read, I did find myself putting my tablet down every now and then because someone would say something or the women would be put into a challen ...more
The Shelf is about a new tv show ( an awful mix between the circle and love island) where boyfriends dump their girlfriends who then can stay on to learn to be "the keeper" (the perfect girlfriend) in the hopes of winning £1 million.
I went into this book really excited and although I enjoyed it at times, it often wasn't a great read for me.
The people that run the tv show "The Shelf" and the awful host were all chauvinistic pigs that wanted women to go back in time to when they had no ri ...more
I recommend this one 100% if you’re after a feel good read that will have you smiling and also just really uplifted!
I was very kindly sent this from the publisher to read and review.
Funny, feminist and ultimately affirming this book was way out of my comfort zone but I ADORED it.
Full review to follow.
It is a truly relatable story. I'm sure everyone has at least once felt like they weren't meeting the expectations of their family, friends and/or colleagues. Amy the main character is at this stage in her life, where she feels she should be getting married and having babies because her friends are. At the start of this book, Amy is convinced her boyfrie ...more
I am not much of a reality tv fan, but I was hooked on this! Although I do think that the reality show was depicted totally realistically, I loved seeing all the women's stories and conversations. In that regard, it reminded me so much of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, which I also loved! The narration was spectacular.
I would totally recommend this! ...more
I picked this up in between reading a series, just planning to read a couple of pages to get a feel for it... and I ended up reading the whole thing. I could not put it down at all and just kept thinking, just another couple of pages... one whole book later and this was a definite five star read for me.
When I first s ...more
Being single isn't scary. What's scary is being stuck with someone who will make you miserable for the rest of your life. That's the real campfire horror story.
A funny, insightful, bingeable read with feminist themes that are nuanced and inspiring. I confess I was dubious about the book's claims to be feminist, expecting something along the lines of 'all housewives are anti-feminist' and 'only single, career-driven, bold women are real feminists' sort of cookie-cutter ideals. And I...more
The anger came from the things coming out of the men’s mouths had me riled. I did even question at one point if the author was a man! I couldn’t believe it, I am by no means an all-out feminist but the things they were saying shocked me! The worrying thing is you know that some men do think these things! I read some bits to the boy and he was laughing ...more
alright let me start with my boyfriend's comment about this book after my giving him a short count of it. i couldn't have said it any better. "well, sounds like nothing even really happened. and the concept overall. is weird."
I am sort of sorry my longest reviews are of the books I dislike the most but it is almost as if I was more afraid to praise well than to criticize constructively. Which makes sense I suppose. So that's where this brings us. This book was quite ...more
I am quite conflicted about this rating, but mostly because this really isn't like anything I would usually read or have read in the last few years, so perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but also I feel this could become quite popular and I'd interested to see how.
If you're a fan of Love Island, Big Brother, Too Hot to Handle, etc. then you will most likely love this without agonising over a rating. I actually am a huge sucker for reality TV, or was as I've come to realise in the past ...more
This book was satirical, heartwarming, empowering and sad. I have so many feelings I can't put them into words.
I recently read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary, two very popular contemporary romance novels, The Shelf was just as good and I'd thoroughly recommend it! ...more