Book Review: The Debt & the Doormat by: Laura Barnard

Rating: 5/5


Publication Date: 7/29/2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  E-book

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of university. Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart. 

Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates. There’s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan. 

Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down. Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine.

Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets she’s scared they’ll spill out any minute. With a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas, life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy. And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over. 

Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding? And will she want to?

Review: Best friends since Uni, Poppy and Jazz are like night and day. Poppy is responsible and Jazz is a party girl. When Jazz realizes she’s in humongous credit card debt, she runs to Poppy for help. Instead of taking Poppy’s idea, which is exceedingly responsible (of course!), Jazz talks Poppy into switching lives. They will each have to follow the instructions of the other, without question. So Poppy moves out of her flat and in with Jazz’s crazy housemates. Poppy’s always had an issue with being a people-pleaser and perhaps Jazz’s experiment will shake her out of her self-induced funk. ‘The Debt & The Doormat’ is a hilarious Brit romantic comedy. I do emphasize Brit because there is British slang with which some readers may not be familiar. With quirky characters and outrageous situations, I found myself laughing out loud quite often. Ms. Barnard has a flair for creating well-developed characters and making them emotionally real to the reader. I loved this book and recommend it highly if you’re looking for a good laugh!

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