The Life and Soul of the Party, Paperback Book
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A brilliant romantic comedy about a year in the lives of three couples from number one bestselling author Mike Gayle. Meet Melissa and Paul: Five years after they split up he's still looking for love in all the wrong places while she wants the one thing she can't have: Paul. Meet Chris and Vicky: They're so in tune they even brush their teeth in time with each other.

So what is Chris doing risking it all for a meaningless affair? Meet Cooper and Laura: He wants to settle down, she wants to take a grown-up gap year but can their relationship really survive a year apart? Set across a year of leaving dos, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, Life and Soul of the Party is a warm, funny and moving tale celebrating love, life and those special moments we've all spent in the kitchen at parties.


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Previously I've enjoyed a few light reads by Mike Gayle. This one, however, I found disappointing. I don't think I'm spoiling anything (but stop now if you are very spoiler averse) by describing it as a year in the life of a troubled group of friends ...... one of whom states at the end of the story that life is okay, so long as you know that someone sometime will be throwing a party somewhere at which you can let your hair down and forget the circumstances of your life. I found the story mediocre anyway, and this 'resolution' really didn't work for me.

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