Firstly I wish to thank Sriya Varadharajan of Penguin Random House UK for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Flip Side by James Bailey.
ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s love . . . what’s the worst thing that could happen?
When Josh proposes in a pod on the London Eye at New Years’ Eve, he thinks it’s perfect.
Until she says no.
And they have to spend the next 29 excruciating minutes alone together.
His life is falling apart.
Realising he can’t trust his own judgment, Josh decides from now on he will make every decision through the flip of a coin.
Maybe the coin will change his life forever.
Maybe it will help him find the girl of his dreams . . .
This is a fabulous rom-com from debut author James Bailey. The star of the story is Josh, who I am sure everyone will either fall in love with or see parts of themselves in him. He is an ordinary guy, sweet, caring and confident that this is the right time to propose to his live-in girlfriend but he couldn’t have got it more wrong. With his self-esteem totally shattered he decides to really leave any life choices up to fate using the toss of a coin to guide him through the next year, including any romantic choices.
Josh has amazing friends who at first take the Mickey out of it all, tossing a coin for every choice isn’t the most practical so with a little tweaking ground rules are laid. The story follows Josh and his ever-supportive besties, his family, who are at times the weirdest people with heats of gold and a mystery girl.
I loved the suspense, yes there is plenty of that especially with his track record as far as the ladies’ go, the humour which just flows so natural from the pages and the new friends he makes on his quest to ‘find the one’. This is a light-hearted read with a character who I cheered on. There are little side stories around Josh as normal life continues but influenced now by a 50p flip of the coin.
This is a lovely book to settle down with, be it on a beach or in a favourite chair, it is uplifting, different and very entertaining.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Bailey was born in Bristol, and currently lives and works in his home city. A graduate of King’s College London, James has previously carried the Olympic Torch, made a speech at the House of Commons, and worked as a red carpet reporter. The Flip Side is his debut novel.