After months of unemployment, Gemma finally lands a job as a writer. Expecting to celebrate with her long term boyfriend, Jack, she is devastated when he announces that he is about to leave on a year-long around the world trip with his friend Olivia.
Left behind and spending her days writing clickbait articles about cats for a living, Gemma finds solace in her YouTube channel where she shares makeup tips. One unusually heart felt video goes viral, and before she knows it Gemma is catapulted into a new world of fame and freebies. She is living the dream at last, but isn't sure if it's what she wanted after all.
Sophie Ranald's Out With the Ex, In With the New is a touching, laugh aloud Rom-Com. Ranald really captures the uncertainty and awkwardness of twenty-somethings who are still trying to work out what to do with their lives. The book also gives a bit of an insight into the life of a professional vlogger, and the way internet fame can be a double-edged sword. It also talks about domestic violence, and how difficult it can be for women to leave an abusive partner. While all that sounds heavy, it is balanced by some witty dialogue, pranks, romantic moments, an adorable puppy, and eventually a happy ending.
I'm not sure what the tagline on the cover ("you just got dumped, but you still have tequila") has to do with anything since there's not much tequila drinking going on in the book, and the picture is of a champagne bottle. Gemma does drink, but I think gets drunk only once or twice in the book.
This novel was originally published in 2017 under the title The Truth About Gemma Grey, but has now been republished as part of a series of four romantic comedies centered around the comings and goings at The Daily Grind, the coffee shop that features in this novel. The books are only loosely connected so they can be read in any order. I liked this one a lot so I've added the other three to my TBR pile, starting with It's Not You, It's Him.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bookouture, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: December 2019