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TEAM ZOELLA AUGUST 7, 2021

July Book Club: Reviewing The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

A case of mistaken identity and Highland hijinks coupled with just the right amount of grit ensures this summer read holds its own where others often tail off into soppy delirium and tweedom.

Content Warning: It’ll make you snort into your wine glass with the grace of a reversing dump truck.

Lizzy Dent’s delightful novel and soon-to-be TV series The Summer Job couldn’t have landed in our laps at a better time. If the perfect heatwave companion exists, then Dent has well and truly crafted a 10/10 fren to unfurl under a parasol with this one.

The pitch-perfect tone makes it feel like you’re on a night out with the girls and its honest and self-deprecating protagonist, Birdy Finch (who also happens to answer to Heather), will have you rooting for her from the very first page.

A case of mistaken identity and Highland hijinks coupled with just the right amount of grit ensures this summer read holds its own where others often tail off into soppy delirium and tweedom.

If you’re looking for something to fill the Fleabag shaped hole in your life, prepare to plonk yourself on the beach for the day and inhale this page-turner quicker than hunks of baguette dunked in aioli.

Keep scrolling to see what the team thought of this laugh-out-loud Scottish (mis)adventure!

Have you ever imagined running away from your life?

Well Birdy Finch didn’t just imagine it. She did it. Which might’ve been an error.

And the life she’s run into? Her best friend, Heather’s.

The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather.

Actually there are a few other problems…

Can Birdy carry off a summer pretending to be her best friend (who incidentally is a world-class wine expert)?

And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked (but who thinks she’s someone else)?

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