Living my Best Life by Claire Frost is an amazing debut. If you enjoy escaping into stories that involve communities, you will love this.
Recently dumped by her
boyfriend of ten years, Bellis struggling to move on with her life – and surrender the
fleecy pyjamas she’s been living in since January. Haunted by #blessed on
social media, she can’t help but compare her life to those she follows online,
wondering where she is going wrong . . .
In the world of social media, Millieis the successful online influencer @mi_bestlife. But in real life she’s just a regular single mum trying to make ends meet, while fending off the younger competition and tenacious internet trolls. Her Instagram feed is far more #BestLie than #BestLife, and soon Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters.
It isn’t until Bell and Millie’s paths cross that they begin to realise what they’re both missing. Can Millie prove to Bell that life online isn’t always what it appears to be? And in return, can Millie learn that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes?
Living my Best Life by Claire Frost is published by Simon & Schuster UK (23rd July 2019) and available in digital and paperback formats.
So much to enjoy in Living my Best Life …
I thought it made a refreshing change to have an older female lead (Bell is 39, almost 40). And it’s so true, when you’re younger you think that people in their late 30+’s have life sussed. Until you get there. 🙂 I really enjoyed watching Bell re-discover herself and develop as a character. Best friend Suze has her own insecurities to deal with too. Their friendship felt very real and it’s clear that they accepted each other with all their foibles. It was great how they fit together.
From the blurb we know that social media is involved somehow. The power it has is shown with all its light and shade and I enjoyed this thread in the story. Millie’s isolation and mask is gradually eroded as she gets to know Bell and they both grow stronger as they learn from each other. And who wouldn’t adore Wolf! Children’s timing is always impeccable isn’t it. 🙂
I haven’t mentioned romance yet and for me, romance isn’t the main theme of the story. I’ve mentioned friendships. Another big part is the community that both Bell and Millie become involved with. There’s nothing like a problem in a community for drawing people together and this part of the story gave me goosebumps. I loved the characters from Bell’s photography class, each of them adding even more colour and they all shone when it mattered the most.
Living by Best Life is one of those stories where you find yourself thinking about the characters when you’re not reading, wondering what they’re getting up to because you’re emotionally invested in them and want to be a part of what happens. I didn’t want to let them go.
An awesome debut. Highly recommended.
Claire Frost grew up in Manchester, the middle of three sisters. She always wanted to do a job that involved writing, so after studying Classics at Bristol University she started working in magazines. For the last 10 years she’s been at The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine, where she is Assistant Editor and also responsible for the title’s book reviews. She can mostly be found at her desk buried under a teetering TBR pile.
Connect with Claire on Twitter @FabFrosty.