We Just Clicked by Anna Bell
Publishing Date: 16th April 2020
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 400
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
A fabulously funny, feel-good novel that will make you laugh until you cry, for anyone who’s ever presented a perfectly-filtered life online to hide the unglamorous reality.
Izzy Brown has always dreamed of being an Instagram influencer. So when her colleague and fellow Instagrammer Luke suggests they ‘fake date’ to boost their profiles, Izzy says yes – against her better judgement.
Now Izzy’s profile tells the story of a confident, glamorous thirty-something with the perfect boyfriend, and her follower numbers are shooting upwards. So what if Izzy can’t stop bickering with Luke, his habit of checking his quiff in every single mirror is driving her insane, and behind the scenes she’s hiding a secret heartache? Everyone tells a few fibs on social media, right?
But when Izzy runs into Aidan, the mysterious stranger who saved her the day her world fell apart two years ago, major sparks start to fly between them. Izzy’s sure she can have the online success she’s always dreamed of, whilst continuing to fall in love – and heal her heart – in real life. After all, Aidan doesn’t use social media… what could possibly go wrong?
If you loved Sophie Kinsella’s My Not-So Perfect Life, Laura Jane Williams’ Our Stop or Sophie Ranald’s Sorry Not Sorry, you will fall head over heels for this touching and hilarious new novel from Anna Bell, the bestselling author of The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart.
Izzy has been dreaming of becoming an Instagram influencer for a long time. She confides in her brother and he encourages her to go for it, to follow her dream. Sadly, it was their last conversation, as Ben then passes away in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition. Izzy rushes home, but overwhelmed by grief she panics, and only a random stranger and his kindness bring her safely home on this day.
Fast forward two years and Izzy is still in her boring job, but still trying it with Instagram. The number of her followers is growing, and maybe, just maybe, there can be a proposition that could bring her the dreamed – of status of being an influencer but it’s nothing sure. But then, a chance interaction makes her to team up with a fellow instagrammer and a fake relationship start, giving Izzy and Luke the first taste of Instagram stardom.
And then Izzy meets Aiden again – the kind man who has helped her on the day Ben died – and Izzy starts to feel unsure. Can she have it all? Fame and love? Is it possible to lead two lives: the fake one on social media and a real one?
The story introduces us to a great bunch of characters and some of the most hilarious scenes. Our main character, Izzy, pretends to wear Louboutins and creates outfits of the day but really she runs around in her Converses and brings the clothes back to the shop. She is funny and, actually, honest – however strange it sounds, as she was faking almost everything in her life, but she was honest with herself, I think, she realised that she can’t go on like this for long, and while I may not understand her decisions I still can understand where she was coming from. She has her flaws, she’s not perfect but what I liked is the fact that she realised it and it, in the end, made her feel more realistic and genuine.
Also, as I mostly wanted to shake Izzy and slap Luke, it means that I was invested in the story, so that’s really good. At the beginning the fake relationship was funny and light as it was not hurting other people and I’m not going to go deep into lying, secrets and so on, absolutely not. The behind – the – scenes moments of trying to create the most romantic or interesting background for the perfect photo for their Instagram were hilarious, funny and sometimes even embarrassing. But then, when we started to get to know Aidan, who – let’s be honest – is absolutely perfect without being too meh, I started to feel so bad about Izzy letting Luke go that far. It was crystal clear what’s going to happen, and Izzy knew it to and yet she wasn’t able to stop the charade, digging her own grave actually, and it – the fake relationship and above all Luke – started to drive me insane and desperate.
It took me some time to get into the book and to let the character grow on me, and it’s because a) I’ve read a book with very, very similar plot lately and b) I am probably one of the few people in the world who really, truly don’t get the whole influencer thing. So there, I’ve said this, sue me but well, people, just get up and go to work. And this is why I couldn’t get Izzy as quickly as I’d like, her dreams of becoming Instagram star were simply alien to me. However, the author has hit the spot on the use of social media and maybe we simply need more such books, light – heartedly showing that sometimes we become so wrapped up in our social media bubble that the “likes” start to be our real life, that we forget to look from above our computer screens and realise that another important life moment has just passed without us realising.
The writing style is lovely and easy to follow, full of lightness and humour and some of the scenes were really hilarious. Anna Bell has for sure way with words and she’s a great and funny story – teller.
It is an easy, light – hearted and relaxing read that from the moment the male character enters the scenes, so from the very beginning, screams: you know how I’m going to end and what’s going to happen. Yes, I know the idea of women’s literature, of rom – coms etc and I know the heroine is not going to end with an alien from Mars but with the super sexy and easygoing character that we know she simply has to end with – and it’s OK, no problems here, but I think I’d expected more freshness from Anna Bell, more uniqueness. However, do not get me wrong, pretty please, it was a great and funny story with deeper themes running through it, showing and highlighting the difference between real life and life prepared for the audience, filtered, highlighted, perfect and – let’s be honest – fake. I’ll take my imperfect life any time. The story also touches upon grief and the author has really well captured all the feelings and emotions here, how hard it is and how much it’s connected with bad feelings and guilty conscience. So even though it was not completely my kind of read, I enjoyed it and I’ll recommend it to you anytime you’re looking for a feel – good, uplifting story.