Living the Dream by Lauren Berry
Rating: 4 stars
Expected publication date: August 15, 2017
Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Great quick read about two best friends trying to figure out their lives as twenty somethings in London. Emma is the cautious friend who longs to be a real writer but has settled for a blog and a full time job as a “creative” at an ad agency. Clem is the more carefree one who works hard on her film scripts while working service jobs and then goes into debt for a year long film class at Columbia.
As is the case with a lot of friendships, each is a little jealous of the other while also thinking their own way may be the best. Emma dreams of quitting her job to focus on writing full-time, but thinks Clem should get a regular job to solve her money issues and pursue writing in her spare time. Clem wants the financial security and freedom Emma has, but thinks Emma will never succeed as a writer if she keeps treating it as a hobby.
Living the Dream provides a fun and sometimes too realistic picture of what it’s like trying to survive your late twenties when you feel like everyone but you has it all figured out. The office culture at Emma’s ad agency feels all too real for anyone who’s ever had a corporate job they hated (confession: like Emma, I have once been called out for sighing audibly at my horrible job). The ex drama and bad dates Clem deals with are also something anyone in their twenties will recognize.
I also love how Berry treats issues such as sexism in the work place and unplanned pregnancies. These are hard topics to talk about in today’s culture, but Berry describes the very real effects and feelings surrounding them without making the making the book all about them.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is still trying to figure out their life or feels behind where they are “supposed” to be right now.