Pretending: Signed Edition (Hardback)
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Pretending: Signed Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 02/04/2020
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WHY BE YOURSELF WHEN YOU CAN BE PERFECT?

The highly-anticipated new novel from Holly Bourne, bestselling author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?
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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?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529312010
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Perceptive. Hilarious. Reassuring. Brilliant.' Laura Jane Williams

'So honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us' Marian Keyes

'Honest and unflinching' Stylist

'Funny, touching and painfully true' Grazia

'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs' Red

'Bourne incinerates the lies we're all capable of telling ourselves' Emerald Street

'Funny, real and heartbreaking' Lucy Vine

'Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute' Roisin Meaney

'Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception' Lucy Diamond

Pretending is the most freeing, reassuring book on dating after #MeToo I've ever read.
Perceptive. Hilarious. Reassuring. Brilliant.

-- Laura Jane Williams
Praise for How Do You Like Me Now:
Truly a f***ing good novel * Evening Standard *
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
The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior -- Dolly Alderton
Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious * Times *
Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs * Red *
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 *

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