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Pretending

Pretending

The new honest and hilarious novel from Holly Bourne, bestselling author of How Do You Like Me Now?

Coming 2020…



He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’.

April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.

If only April could be more like Gretel.

Gretel is exactly what men want – she’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.

The problem is, Gretel isn’t real. And April is now claiming to be her.

As soon as April starts ‘being’ Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.

Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 2nd April 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781473668157

Reviews

There's a duality in reading things that are super relatable - it feels great to be heard, but also a little exposing. There's a little bit of that in Holly Bourne's latest novel, but nothing will stop you getting to the end...This novel is funny, touching and searingly honest
Grazia
Mordantly funny, flinchingly well-observed... A smart, zeitgeisty, and caustically funny read, it has characters you root for. More than that, however, Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people's offline reality
Sunday Times
It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.
Marian Keyes
Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs
Red
Praise for How Do You Like Me Now:
Truly a f***ing good novel
Evening Standard
It speaks so many truths about being a woman in your thirties; friendships, love and what a fickle beast social media can be
Clemmie Hooper
Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious
Times
The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior
Dolly Alderton