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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Bridesmaiding is a tedious business at the best of times, but as Julia discovers, the task is particularly cumbersome when one of the brides is your ex and her fiancée won’t stop sulking about it.

With the wedding threatening to dominate everything for the rest of the year, a bewildering embrace with a devastatingly attractive pop star offers a welcome distraction. Dating K
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published 2020
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Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was like going back in time five years and seeing the lives of myself and my friends unfold again. So fun and refreshing to see a realistic representation of young urban lesbians and accurately captures that experience. A brilliant and satisfying read. I particularly loved the ending which was all I hoped it would be.
Emma Phillips
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm twenty-two and only came out as a lesbian in the last year. This book was so meaningful to me because its the first lesbian book I've read that showed people like me. I cried so much but I was very happy to find it. I loved Poptastic and Julia's journey. I just hope Holmes writes more! ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

Poptastic is a super cute and relatable story following the lives of a group of twenty something lesbians living in London. The story is one of friendships, change, loss and redemption. It goes to some pretty dark places, but remains completely hilarious and ultimately delivers a solid and well executed story. I'm so pleased to have found this book and can't wait to read more from Holmes in the future.
Kate McHugh
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a single day. I absolutely loved it and just couldn't put it down. The story was so gripping and real and I loved the bond between the women and the way their friendships changed over the course of the book. I'm hoping for a sequel about Lucy. Fingers crossed one will come soon! ...more
Jill Ford
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was fun exploring London through this book and reading about the lives of the characters. I was cheering for Julia all the way through, and I was delighted with the ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Rosella B
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an action packed novel! And a beautiful love story too. I recommend this book to anyone, gay or straight.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story about a young woman getting her sh*t together and finding her place in the world.
I really loved sharing in Julia's journey, and thought the writer did a fantastic job of capturing how bewildering life is for twenty somethings and was reminded of many of my own experiences at that time.
Altogether an enjoyable read that maintained a light, comedic tone in between exploring some more serious content matter. I'd definitely read more by the this writer in the future.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very funny and entertaining story. The book follows Julia and her friends for eight months in the lead up to her friend and ex-girlfriend's wedding. Julia and the other bridesmaids are all trying to sort their lives out with varying degrees of success. Their paths are painful at times, but difficult subjects are handled in a believable and honest way. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before and I'd definitely like to read more in the future. ...more
Gemma Polson
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A magical book. Full of all of the best things in life. Friends, love, passion, growth, fun. I loved my time in this world.
Diane Wallace
Oct 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
**'You can be a writer who doesn't read or write everyday.But you're not fooling opinionated and intelligent readers because it shows, rather embarrassingly in your work/writings..'

Have to shelf this after getting to about 24%, just could not connect with the storyline --- zero premise...
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poptastic was a really enjoyable and fun book to read. The characters drew me in straight away and the way London life is described felt really familiar and real. I felt invested in the long term happiness of main character and even though she sometimes disappoints, you can't help but root for her.
In normal circumstances this would make a great book to take on holiday. It's hard to put down though, so you may need to take another!
In current circumstances (April 2020 - mid-Covid-19-lockdown),it
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading Poptastic a lot as this book accurately reflected the online dating experiences many lesbians have gone through nowadays and also reminded me the excitement, happiness and of course some disappointment I personally experienced. I especially like the vivid characters Victoria Holmes depicted, and the liveliness of London was well presented in this book too.
This rom-com is highly recommended!
Guanyao Yu
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply brilliant
I can’t say enough how much I loved this book.
I laughed, I cried, I was right there with Julia and her friends every step of the way.

Poptastic follows a group of bridesmaids getting a ready for the wedding of their friend, but it was much darker and more sophisticated than your average wedding romance. Julia finds herself truest torn, and picking up the pieces isn’t always easy, but I loved my time sharing in her journey!
Georgina O
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in a day! Admittedly I am currently off work due to the lock-down, but once I started I couldn't stop!
There were several twists and turns that I really didn't see coming, and quite a graphic scene that I won't divulge, that hit me for six.
As I was reading the book I was so wrapped up in the characters that all I wanted to do was inhale the next page. However, after I had finished it and had a chance to digest it I couldn't help but wonder if the author was actually trying t
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The journey of Julia and her friends was beautifully crafted and totally absorbing. I laughed, I cried, I want more. Please write more!
Ashley Johnson
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book with a lot going on. Like others have commented, I too read in a single day, but it was a very good day.
Hana H
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read much LGBT literature but I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't help but compare some of the characters to my friends and the dating experience rang very true of the London scene.

I won't give away any spoilers but there are a few dramatic instances which show the grittier side of London as well.

It was really nice to read a book where I could really relate to the characters and the story and feel represented on the page. The author has really captured what it's like to be a twenty
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything you could wish from a lesbian romantic comedy. A joy to read ❤️
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good and satisfying read.
Catherine Lucy
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, authentic and engaging. I loved this book!
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A strong debut. I enjoyed it a lot.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading 'Poptastic' as it was both funny and charming, and almost made me feel nostalgic for the crazy times and memories the story evoked. I liked the writer's style as it easily engaged and transported me into the whimsical world of Julia. Her journey is a messy one, poignant yet heart warming. A great read indeed.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Poptastic during lockdown in the U.K. Beautifully drawn relationships and characters I really recognise from my own experience on the London gay scene. It’s funny, moving and relatable. This is a brilliant book, perfect for the summer and I fully recommend!
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Funny, well written and relatable. Impressive first novel - 5*
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Victoria Holmes's first novel Poptastic is a real challenge for me to review. Because I'm the absolute contrary of the MC Julia and for that, I didn't always understand her behavior.

The story is an entertaining novella about a group of lesbian mid-twenties who know each other for many years. It is told from Julias POV. She doesn't like to be one of the bridesmaids for one of her friends and doesn't like her job either. Instead, she is more interested in following celebrities on social media. She
Nico Genes
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, fun, romance, lesfic
Fast paced and entertaining.

This is Holmes’ debut novel and I enjoyed it. The story was fun and entertaining with lots of unexpected twists and turns. The main character Julia, a 27-year-old single woman, has not much interest in her job, not much luck in finding a new girlfriend and in general she's a real mess. With a strong desire for finding love, she was pretty active on online dating. Unfortunately with not much luck. While being a bridesmaid for her friend Freya, something that she didn't
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book. There are twists and turns that were unexpected. The characters were well defined and flushed out. The book was very well written. I didn't realize it was her first novel. Based on this book I see other great books in her future. This is my first by this author but I'm sure it won't be my last. ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of character development, vivid situations, and an oh-my-god-what's-next page turner. I look forward to the next novel from this author. ...more
Ruth Ferguson
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are vividly drawn and incredibly engaging. Keep writing Victoria. A triumph!
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really good read. Very funny and witty
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After studying for a degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick, Victoria pursued an MA in Social Work at the University of Manchester, and spent many years working with young offenders in Tooting.
She now teaches English as a foreign language, allowing her the opportunity to travel and write. Following stints in South Korea, Thailand, Italy and Slovenia, she is currently based in Taiw

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