Book Review #10: Just a Girl Standing in Front of a Boy- Lucy Anne Holmes


Title: Just a Girl Standing in Front of a Boy
Author: Lucy Anne Holmes
Publication: January 1st 2014, Sphere
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Pages: 403
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0751547654 / 9780751547658

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My love story may not be the sort you read about in books or see in films . . . Love stories have glorious highs and ghastly lows. But when it comes to my own life, I’d have to say, you can keep your fabulous highs and I’ll happily steer clear of the terrible lows.’

After a rocky start in life, Jenny Taylor, 27, star receptionist at the local doctors surgery, has things all worked out thanks to a list of ten daily things she must do to keep the blues at bay. But her life is turned upside down when she meets aspiring musician Joe King. And reliable boyfriend Matt proposes. And then her mum leaves her dad and moves into Jenny’s flat determined to ‘bond’. 

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First of all, this is one of those under-rated books and it saddens me that I don’t see any hype on this book. Well, this is one of the books that I truly recommend because I enjoyed this one and I know that whoever would read this will know the reasons why.

It was written in a way that it will make your eyes wet, your jaw sore, and your stomach ache all because of too much laughing! I’ve never read a book as hilarious as this one, and if you want to have a real-hard-laugh, then this is the right book for you. All the characters will make you feel either being in love, broken, happy, sad or devastated. Really, this book is one hell of a roller coaster of emotions and I must say that “you can keep your fabulous highs and I’ll happily steer clear of the terrible lows.” *see what I did there? Yes, I just quoted this book!! :)*

Anyway, this book focuses on the life of Jenny Taylor which, I must say, has been hard. She had to deal with his Father, of being bullied, of her first love- Steve, and the depressing stage. Thank the heavens, Philippa, her best friend came to the rescue.

I’d start with the thing that amazes me most which is the relationship between Jenny and Philippa- it’s like they are sisters from different mothers, sticking with each other no matter how hard the situation, and I’ve always adored friendships like that! Next is the head-turning, heart-pumping, gorgeous Joe King, whose name I really find funny! Okay, I do like him because he’s the real bae and you’d fall in love with him from the moment that Holmes introduced him in this book! *still the butterflies in my stomach are doing a weird dance :)* Next, is the the moment between Jenny and her mother on which I was really moved and in tears. Then, Al who’s my biggest heartache in the story. And of course, the ending is what I like best! I didn’t expect that and it’s so true that if things and people are meant to be, the whole wide universe would conspires to make it happen. 

Holmes is a genius for making this book! I laugh hard, I love the parts that make me happy, I hate the parts that make me cry and I keep on “oohh” and “ahhhh” and it’s really worth reading. 🙂




Lucy Anne Holmes is the author of the books Just a Girl Standing in Front of a Boy, 50 Ways to Find a Lover, (Un)like a Virgin, and more. She’s also a founder of @nomorepage3 which focuses about the right things to be said and done, and such. To know more about her, here is her twitter account. 🙂


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