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Everything's Perfect

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A story about the characters behind Instagram, the reality of life and the drama behind the scenes, interesting and intriguing and I wanted to read more, however it didn’t grip me thoroughly!  3.5 stars!
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Everything's Perfect sat on my to be read list for a very long time. It does not have the easy appeal of the light romance novels that I usually read. I am not much enamoured with the crazy world of social media. I thought it might be a drag. I was wrong. It is sharp and sassy and unexpectedly dark at times. The writing is crisp and clever with an understated humour. Despite not being set in 'my world' the writer was able to draw me in, make me interested in her characters and educate me. I will never look at social media in the same way again.
This is a story about true friendships and the messy troubled course of real relationships, pulled into sharp focus by the fake perfect world of Instagram. It is quite funny, in a clever understated type of a way,. In the land of social media, nothing is too ridiculous, but this story always stays belivable. The main characters and misguided, flawed people, the architects of their own downfall, but somehow the author manages to get us on their side.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I was a little disappointed by the ending though, I wont give any thing away but I feel the spark went out and the end approached and everything fell a little flat.
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A quick and easy read that I found myself picking up after a long day to unwind. The characters are beautifully written and I came to love them within the first few pages and was rooting for them all the way to the end. At times I wanted to stop reading because I just wanted the experience to go on for longer. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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2.75/5 stars*

This was okay, not really for me but I can see how others might enjoy this one. Everything’s Perfect reads like a commentary on social media and the often disproportionate responsibilities and struggles that come with parenthood (at least with cis, straight couples). My main gripe was it felt like there was nothing really driving the story and though I empathize with the characters it wasn’t enough for me to stay invested.

As someone who isn't a big fan of mommy/daddy/family bloggers/influencers, where everything is on display and often is or feel staged, I was a little hesitant going in. But as you read on you do feel for some of the characters and I do like how they managed to find something fueling them through the more mundane, tiring parts of motherhood. I think the takes on social media made aren't anything revolutionary or new, but the inclusion of how it affects modern families or young mothers is interesting (unfortunately still not enough for me I'm sorry).

The writing style intrigued me at first but after a while it felt like a little bit of a chore to get through, there was just so much details that felt unnecessary. It's a pretty simplistic story dragged out for so many pages was just...

Overall, again, this just wasn’t for me. Would recommend it for those looking for a family focused contemporary novel.

Thank you to Netgalley for proving the arc
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I have been reading quite a few books about social media influencers since last year and the common theme around them is that how addictive social media is and how it creates a gap between the real and online lives of the influencers. This book is no different.

Cassie is a top Instagram influencer and she slowly starts drifting away from her friends while she has to be always in top form for her followers. Beth is Cassie's friend who hangs around and tries to bring her back from the brink of total collapse.

The premise was pretty good but the book was too long with a lot of unnecessary details that could have been easily dispensed.

3 stars.
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This wasn’t really for me. I liked the concept but felt that the representation of parents influencers on social media was hyperbolised. The characters were more caricatures, I did bond with them, like them or particularly root for them. 
There are lots of smaller a reveals throughout the book but I found the majority pretty predictable. Also the abbreviation SoMe for social media was quite jarring. 
That said, it’s an easy read, that a parent may enjoy. It would be a good one to take on holiday.
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Wow! A scary book to read! Took a bit of getting used to the format and I found it difficult to keep up with who was who, but then I guess that is kind of the point......The horrors of the insta genaration, you have got to laugh. A brilliant insight that will keep you laughing, even as you cringe.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read a copy of this book. 

Everything's Perfect by Nicole Kennedy is centred around Instagram and the pressure of being relevant and engaged. Cassie Holliday is at the top of her game, with 2 million followers across her multiple platforms. She and several other 'instamums' compete to get promotional deals and freebies, which drives a wedge between friends. 

Cassie meets a new friend, Beth, which causes her to readjust her view on life. Cassie and Beth help each other through a variety of relationship and personal issues, forming a connection and a friendship worth reading about. 

This was a good read. As someone who is often highly focused on social media, reading this book was an eye opener. The author addresses the issue of addiction, concept of happiness, and the dynamics of family relationships. 

The two main characters, Cassie and Beth, were relatable in many ways. Their approaches to motherhood and their struggles were fascinating to read about, and the author does a great job of normalising many of the struggles that mothers, new mothers especially, face. 

The book was extremely long, a lot of which was interesting to read, but unnecessary for the story/plot. 

My rating for this book stems mostly from the length. I enjoyed the read, but it isn't a book I would read twice.
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Fantastic read. I have been completely unable to put this one down. I cannot wait to read more by this author. 
Full review to follow on publication.
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The beginning of this book didn't make me think I would stick with it but glad I did. It is an easy read, albeit a bit long. There are times you have to track back to make sure you know who is owning the chapter. Some bits are quite obvious but also some challenging times portrayed. 

As a mummy in these SoMe times, I can empathaise with a lot of the book but do wonder how true to life it may be.
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An entertaining read about the hidden trials and strains behind being a perfect 'Insta-mum', Cassie is working her socks off to fulfil the sponsored posts she's signed up to, using her gender-neutral children as content - but at the cost of her own personal happiness and marriage. At the same time, Beth, a new mother, is struggling to work out how to do it all now she has a baby, and what she wants from life.

Well written and easy to read, possibly a bit too long - 700 pages would put me off in a contemporary - but worth a look.
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This is an easy binge read and, whilst not my normal taste, it was a good way to spend a snowy Saturday in lockdown. A satire on the world of mummy blogging, it’s longer than it needs to be and several of the ‘twists’ are pretty well telegraphed early on but it has some decent points to make about the pressure on mothers and the authenticity of what you see on Instagram. Even the more sympathetic characters aren’t particularly so but it does what it does well - you’ll know from the blurb whether this is your kind of thing and, if it is, you’ll enjoy it. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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Not really sure about this book but it is a book of modern times and Instagram bloggers.  It was difficult to keep apace of some of the characters and user names.  As we all know there is a huge difference between online life and real life and this book just highlights this.  I didn't really enjoy this book but looking at objectively  I can see it would appeal to those who follow people online particularly with a 'mummy' bias.
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This one starts hot, but then what?...The main characters, Cassandra, also known as Sandy - of the influencer family The Happy Hollidays - and Beth, also known as Mardy Mum, are dealing with motherhood and presenting their 'best lives' online as they try to make it to the top of the cut-throat world of parenting influencers. I wanted to sympathise with Cassandra and her longing to return to her career as a pilot, but it is difficult to agree with a woman who endangers the health of one of her children, hinges her career on a risky gender reveal event, and wants to have another baby for the sake of the flat-lays. Beth is a bit of a wet blanket and it turns out the 'Mardy Mum' account is set up by her sister, at which point the story becomes too confusing for a light satire. Beth is also haunted by something vague she did as a teenager, which now seems to be the law in any book about motherhood, even comedies. This book isn't sure whether it's supposed to be funny or serious and ends up somewhere in between and in need of a flattering filter or two.
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An entertaining read about the hidden trials and strains behind being a perfect 'Insta-mum', Cassie is working her socks off to fulfil the sponsored posts she's signed up to, using her gender neutral children as content - but at the cost of her own personal happiness and marriage. At the same time, Beth, a new mother, is struggling to work out how to do it all now she has a baby, and what she wants from life.

Well written and easy to read, possibly a bit too long - 700 pages would put me off in a hard copy of most books-  but worth a look
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A satiric and insightful depiction of motherhood and competitiveness in the age of social media, presenting the challenges mothers face nowadays. Highly recommended!
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Everything's Perfect is a book told from the perspective of different mummy bloggers and influencers. They all share one thing in common- things are not quite as rosy as they seem on Instagram! I did persevere with this book even though I realised early on it wasn't really for me. There are quite a number of characters and keeping track of people and their nicknames was just a bit confusing. I wasn't particularly interested in the story and I didn't warm to any of the characters.
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