Publication: 10th June 2021 – Orion
Two friends. Two decades.
One big mistake…
Nat and Zoe have always shared everything.
Hopeless crushes, emergency tampons, messy sex stories, work triumphs, those days where you can’t stop crying in the loos, those days where you can’t stop dancing on the bar. They even share the same birthday, FFS. The struggle is real, but they’ll always have each other.
Except best friends forever is a hard promise to keep…
Eye-wateringly hilarious, tender and true, this a story about growing up, falling apart, and the friendships that hold us together.
I really enjoyed Lucy Vine’s latest novel, Bad Choices. I was completely engrossed in this honest, entertaining and, at times, emotional story of two women and their twenty-year-long friendship, with its ups and downs, its secrets and revelations.
Natalie and Zoe met when they were fourteen years old, both crying in a loo cubicle on their own birthday. From that moment, a beautiful, close, and strong friendship is born and we meet them every year as they celebrate their birthdays together, sometimes just the two of them, sometimes with friends and families. As they celebrate yet another birthday, we learn more about them, about their struggles, their hopes, and their dreams. About their love, their jobs, and their lives. Things change, but Natalie and Zoe are still best friends.
I liked the characters of Natalie and Zoe. They feel realistic and relatable, I felt for them at their lowest, I cheered for them when they succeeded. Sometimes, I found Natalie a little annoying – she is the first to admit that she is always annoying -, but I liked her enthusiasm and how she speaks without filters, her dialogue a stream of thought that it often made me laugh. On the other hand, Zoe is bit reserved and introvert, keeping things more to herself. Despite being different, despite a few betrayals and jealousies, their friendship is authentic and strong.
Bad Choices is a brilliant and beautiful story that I devoured in two days. Highly recommended!
A huge thank you to Orion for providing me with a proof of this fantastic novel.
Lucy Vine is a writer, editor and columnist. She’s also the best selling author of Hot Mess, What Fresh Hell and Are We Nearly There Yet? Book 4, Bad Choices is out 10 June 2021