I can quite honestly say I have not read another book similar to this. I know. Everyone’s astonished. I went into this book with thoughts of feminism and empowerment for women. Some BA girls running around stirring up trouble for the patriarchy. Clearly, I should have read the back of the book. They do run around and stir up trouble, but at the same time they are all fawning and under the spell of Russel. (Right now I’m halfway through and will update this later.) However, I will muddle through with the hope that these girls grow their wings and fly out from beneath his thumb and lunatic rhetoric. So because this book is so far outside my normal wheelhouse I went to the internet to find a list (there are many). So without further adieu or rambling, straight from thedebrief.co.uk :
1. Girls On Fire
Written by Robyn Wasserman, Girls on Fire is about that special kind of bond that only teenage girls can have. Hannah (Dex) and Lacey are best friends and share, amongst other things, a mutual hatred of popular girl Nikki. As their friendship becomes more intense, so too do their feelings for Nikki.
Get Girls on Fire here.
2. Invincible Summer
Four friends, 20 years and a lifetime of stories.Following Benedict, Lucien, Sylvie and Benedict as they graduate from university, the book looks at what happens to the energy and dreams of the young as Real Life (boo) sets in. By Alice Adams.
3. Before The Fall
Everyone raves about this book. I got a couple of pages in and realised it all revolved around a plane crash. I have a phobia of flying and a long-distance flight coming up so sozza, I ditched it. Anyways – it’s about a guy who gets on a family’s private jet back from rich-people holiday destination Martha’s Vineyard. The plane crashes, he survives. What happens in the aftermath is the focus.
Get Before The Fall here.
4. The Muse
The next offering from the wonderful Jessie Burton, the lady behind 2014’s beautiful The Miniaturist. Set not in 1600’s Amsterdam but rather in 1960’s London, The Muse is about Odelle, a Trinidadian girl trying to make it in London. She gets a job at a gallery where the book diverges into the mysterious backstory of an exciting work of art.
Get The Muse here.
Written by Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter is about Tess, a 22-year-old who moves to the big city to erm, do something. Whilst working at one of New York’s fanciest restaurants she finds herself caught up in a triangle of love affairs set against the city’s fast-paced restaurant scene.
Get Sweetbitter here
The intelligent woman’s 50 Shades. Written by Oxbridge historian Lisa Hilton, it’s about a girl called Judith Rashleigh who worked in an auction house by day and a sleazy West End bar by night. When she tries to steal money from a rich man, she ends up running for her life. Basically, imagine if Amy from Gone Girl replaced Anastasia from 50 Shades. Read our interview with Lisa here.
7. The Glorious Heresies
This book won the Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction this year so, it’s kind of a big deal. It’s about a group of people living in the criminal underworld of the Irish city of Cork in a post-economic crash world. There’s Ryan, the teenage drug dealer, Jimmy, one of the city’s most terrifying gangsters, Georgie a prostitute and Maureen, Jimmy’s mother. As the groups’ lives cross, things disintegrate further.
8. Hot Milk
About a daughter Sofia and her mother Rosie who take a trip to Spain not on a lovely holiday but rather to a clinic to try to fix Rosie who is confined to a wheelchair. The women have a suffocating relationship and it intoxicates them both. By Deborah Levy.
Get Hot Milk here
9. Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online
It’s ex-Debrief and uber blogger Emma Gannon! Her book about growing up online (hello MSN Messenger) is funny, open, lovely and guaranteed to make you cringe as you recall yourself as a clueless teenager trying to operate as a grown-up.
10. Fates and Furies
One of the many books that was bequeathed the ‘Next Gone Girl’ honour by critics. Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is, in a similar manner to Gone Girl, the story of a relationship told from both sides of a couple (Lotto and Mathilde Satterwhite – how’s that for a couple of names?). It’s brutal. And beautiful.