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Are We Nearly There Yet?

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If you want a story about a woman finding herself but also providing a pretty terrible book then this is the book for you!!
Setting herself up for a fall and a pure moment of YOLO Alice starts a pretty terrible blog but grabs her life by the horns.
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I loved this book! I adored Hot Mess, the first book from Lucy Vine, and happy to say this was just as good. Can't wait to read what Lucy Vine comes up with next. Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity.
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I had heard so much about this book and so when I happened upon it on Netgalley I was thrilled! I'll admit this is a strange review as I requested the ebook, then started it on audiobook and then stopped driving for a few days so moved back to the ebook. The narrator was exactly what this book needed, a near Miranda-type accent wise, that had me chortling out loud in parts. When I slipped over to ebook I read quickly and easily for the most part, but at some points had ups and downs in terms of both the pacing and the comedy factor. In general it was a very enjoyable book told though both blog posts and Alice's narration and is definitely worth an investigation. Thanks so much to Orion Publishing and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5
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Lucy Vine has a great voice for this kind of warm and funny women’s fiction, one that keeps me turning the pages so her books tend to be one-sitting reads. That said, I found the plot of this one a bit too unrealistic, and the protagonist too much of an unlikeable, unrelatable mess. I’ll keep an eye out for what she comes out with next, but I probably wouldn’t recommend this one.
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Lucy Vine's fiction never fails to disappoint. Another page-turning beach read that is as funny and captivating as Vine's previous works.
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Are We Nearly There Yet? is a bittersweet, sometimes humorous story of a young woman's quest to find herself.  Travelling to California, Thailand then Australia on a belated gap type year, the heroine undergoes some misadventures whilst discovering and redefining her relationships and her personality.
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Alice Edwards is looking for adventure. Turning thirty she wants to turn her life around - is an around the world trip really the answer? This is the story of Alice's efforts. Amusing and light hearted, this would make an ideal holiday read - particularly if you have itchy feet like Alice.
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This is a laugh out loud, feel good romantic comedy. I think all readers will see a little bit of themselves in Alice although we probably wouldn't want to admit it. She drinks too much, has ill advised one night stands and takes her friends and family for granted. Unfortunately we can't all just take off but we can travel vicariously through Alice's adventures while she verbally abuses uber drivers and takes hallucinogenic substances which cause her to vomit uncontrollably. She does have some good experiences too but it is the disasters she has that make the book so funny.
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Love Lucy Vine, so so much. All her books are brilliant, but I think this one is my fave. So funny but touches on heart-break too. Highly recommended.
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"Are We Nearly There Yet" is fun, uplifting and a perfect holiday read. Recommended for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes.
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3.5 STARS!

As someone who loves to travel (and writes a blog), I found so many moments in this book hilariously relatable. I also think the ups and downs as growing up were portrayed wonderfully - relationships with friends, hard relationships with family, wanting to be something more, etc. The main character, Alice, is the type of character that you hate but also see a lot of yourself in, which makes for quite an interesting adventure throughout the book!

Overall, though, the book didn't do that much for me. It was an enjoyable travel-themed summer read, but it's not one I'll remember forever!

I received a free copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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Funny, relevant, relatable, fun and fabulous. This book is escapism at its best and I thought that it was a really fun book to read.
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I tried to get I to this, but ultimately gave up: it just wasn't for me. The jokes seemed a bit forced and the whole premise a bit cliche. 

But that's just my opinion based on my tastes, and I'm sure regular romantic comedy readers would love this lighthearted adventure.
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Alice Edwards is having a crisis. She's just turned 30, sent an inappropriate text to her boss and, as a result, lost her most recent temp position, her best friend and flatmate got herself pregnant, all other friends are settling down, she has a relationship/non - relationship with her ex - boyfriend... She starts to feel that she no longer knows where her place is, where she fits in. So she decides that she's going to emulate her favourite travel blogger and decides to go for a holiday of a lifetime, to "find herself" and set up a blog of her own. She has it all planned out: one month in the glamorous Los Angeles, second month soul searching in Thailand and then she will see where she's going to spend the third month of her travels. Is it really going to change her life? To show what it is she's looking for?

I had some problems with the heroine because, let's be honest, she was not so easy to like, especially at the beginning, right? It was hard to agree with some of her decisions and she came across as self - centred, thinking only about herself and wondering how the changes in other people's lives are going to affect her own life. But on the other hand I loved her heartbreaking honesty. She was full of flaws but she didn't try to hide them and I think it was also one of Alice's strength - take me as I am. And, in fact, she was relatable because of not being perfect. And she really experiences quite a growth throughout the story and she draws consequences. She starts to see herself in different way, realises her problems, confronts her demons and even realises why she's so drawn to men who, actually, mistreat her and starts to realise that other people's lives may seem perfect but they're not, and at the end of the book she's a brilliant, changed person.

Through her journeys, Alice meets many different people, some of them more hilarious than the other, and also family members, and she gets to solve some long standing problems, resentments, misunderstandings that she's been holding on and that turn out to be actually perceived hurts (let's be honest here). But it was done in a realistic, affirming way and the author has so well captured all the feelings of uncertainty, hope and fear.

I really liked this book, it was full of funny and embarrassing moments but shortly before Alice left Thailand the story went a bit downhill for me. I get what the author did there, she wanted to show us that the character of Alice is also maturing, that she finally finds herself and what is important in life but it started, instead of feeling emotional, to feel a bit flat and slow. Yes, of course, it added more substance to the book but the change in the atmosphere was too sudden a change after all the fun and light - heartiness. However, oh Jesus, the blog entries were hilarious! If only Alice has written in them what really has been happening to her, the blog would have been winning awards! But for me they showed that Alice didn't treat herself too seriously and they made me laugh, the comments as well and the nervous breakdown of Luke the moderator. The writing style is so fresh and feels so... I don't know, young? Full of lightness, that's for sure, the banter flows and the snappy dialogues keep the pace.

Altogether, Lucy Vine did it again. "Are We Nearly There Yet?" was a great read, filled with vivid and quirky characters and really well plotted, full of unforgettable moments and genuine humour and the hilarious situations felt realistic, not too forced - you know how sometimes a forced humour can destroy a scene, right, but Lucy Vine knows for sure how to write these scenes! Alice's adventures were hilarious but not overdone and they kept me laughing, and the more serious side of the story added sublime and gentle depth to it. It was not only entertainment, but also filled with thought - provoking moments, and I really liked this balance. A great and frivolous read, perfect for summer holiday! Recommended!
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A decent contemporary story. A good relationship plot with good character dynamics but not quite enough growth/development. Would recommend.
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A new to me author, a story that is interesting at least, and a heroine that is so much relatable with some of my friends and their life choices.
I enjoyed the settings and descriptions, the fact that she’s blogging and the different side of stories and reality from what we read and what is happening in reality, the heroine arc grows towards the end of the book and that’s always something I’m looking forward in my readings .
Overall it’s a good story with some funny moments but also a bit of reality in it.
As it’s an easy and quick read, I’ll recommend it to my friends for their summer reading books.
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Are We Nearly There Yet? tells the story of Alice, a slightly self-centered, shallow kind of a mess of a person who he decides to travel for three months to three destinations, LA, Thailand and an undecided third. Through this journey told in between blog posts and Alice's own descriptions, she gets to avoid having to deal with a situation that her family is trying to deal with. The book introduces also a cast of characters, his brother Mark and his best-friend Joe, various men she meets and dates, her best-friend Eva, her family and various other people she meets throughout the book. I really wanted to like this book because I love stories where the character is faced with having to learn things about herself and having to deal with her faults and some of the choices she's made. But it took me too long to like the main character and by the middle of the book I wanted to learn more about the side characters. I was more invested in Eva, Mark and Clara than her journey and her story. Maybe this book wasn't for me and someone else will enjoy Alice's sometimes weird but adventurous journey.
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Enjoyed this book and Alice's adventures. It was very amusing at times and a great sideline to my usual psychological thrillers. Loved Alice's characters and some great supporting characters too. This was my first introduction to Lucy Vine but I'd love to read more from her in the future.
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I actually quite like this cover, the colours are fun and eye catching without being over the top gaudy. It screams, “fun beach read” at me before I even start. So....did it live up to my expectations???
Well...yes! A lovely book that is well thought out and presented beautifully. The characters have depth and yet are as flawed as the next person. This gives the whole thing that touch of realism that makes me, the reader, feel emotionally invested and makes me care what happens to them. As a reader, I can’t ask for much more from a book can I???
So saying this, would I buy it for me??? 
 Yes, I would, and not only because it’s a fab read but also, this book would look amazing on my bookcase! 
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my arc.
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I have read Lucy Vine's other book and whilst I liked the concept I didn't enjoy that the main character was so naïve/spoilt/a characture of a millennial. 

I started reading this book and didn't get passed the first chapter - I did try! I just can't believe that a 30 year old woman in a fancy restaurant would have a tantrum and hide under the table... it just wasn't for me.
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