review and cover mani: big sexy love

It's no secret that I love to laugh. And when it comes to funny novels, my go-to is Kirsty Greenwood. Both of her previous novels are still in my "highly recommended" pile (in fact, Kirsty's name came up just this week, when a pal wanted some book suggestions), and I'm delighted to report that her third, BIG SEXY LOVE, has also landed on that list. Because OMG hysterical. 

*cues heart-shaped gold glitter cannon*

The back jacket, from Goodreads:

Olive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn't do new or risky. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems. Everything is fine. Super duper fine.

Except … Olive's best friend in the world​, Birdie, is dying.

Birdie has one final wish. She wants to track down her first love, Chuck, and because she's stuck in the hospital she needs Olive's help to do it. But there’s a teeny problem: Chuck is somewhere in New York and Olive has never even left her home town, let alone roamed the crazy streets of Manhattan.

As if the big city isn't scary enough, Olive has to contend with Seth, a cocky comedy TV writer who thinks she’s a joke; Anders, a bored socialite who’s taken a shine to her; and the fact that no matter how hard she tries to track down Chuck, he doesn't seem to want to be found.

Can Olive learn to overcome her fears, abandon her old safe routine and fulfil her best friend’s last wish? It's going to take extra bravery, one badass attitude and a whole lot of big sexy love to make this happen …


For the record, Olive and Birdie are everything I want in a pair of besties. Tight from the first day they met, Birdie and Olive brought out the best in the other, and they always helped in any way they could, which is how Olive found herself on a plane from London to NYC. Not coincidentally, the plane was where Olive first lost her mind--a reaction she'd been fearing since the purchase of her ticket--and that's where the book took off (sorry not sorry 😆). Olive's panic-driven inner monologue elevated to champagne-fused hilarity during that flight over the pond, and the moment she touched down in New York City, poor Olive was run through a gauntlet of worst case, cringeworthy, snort-producing scenarios. Think Bridget Jones with anxiety and a fanny pack.  

Cover design by Kirsty Greenwood
Illustrated by Edward Jordan

As the book progressed, I loved watching Olive's confidence grow, but the part that touched me the most was the friendship between Olive and Birdie. It's one thing for characters to say, "You're my ride or die," but Olive and Birdie walked the talk. And with Birdie approaching the end of her life, their sense of urgency didn't just apply to finding Chuck. They wanted to cram in as many good times as they could because they were running out of time. Birdie frantically wanted to make sure that Olive knew how much she meant to Birdie, and vice versa. (Note: No, YOUR eyes are misty while writing about this storyline.) Both women hid their grief behind humour, so when they inevitably broke down, my heart splintered into a million pieces because it meant things were bad. Really, really bad. I experienced the highest of highs, lightheaded from laughing so hard I could barely breathe, only to drop back down with the seriousness of Birdie's situation, and then tear up with their closeness.

The blues look wonky here because I had to move inside and crank the brightness, due to rain. Le sigh.

Honestly, this book is a gem and the world needs it. Especially now. Yes, BIG SEXY LOVE is considered a romantic comedy but it's a relationship comedy, and the primary relationship is between two grown ass women who love their best friend with a fierceness that only women will understand (sorry bros but you know it's true). Also, the dialogue was bananas. Like, can I be a tenth as witty as these two gals? Is this how Greenwood speaks in real life? (Spoiler: it is, actually. Follow her IG.) Each quip felt like it came from my 4AM insomnia sessions where I finally think of a snappy response, only they're better than anything I could ever come up with. I swear, I highlighted so many scenes and snippets of dialogue that half the book is stored in my Kindle's Notes.

So read this book to feel good, people. It'll make you laugh and cry in a cathartic way and when you're finished, pass it along to your bestie so she can experience it, too. Because this is a book that needs to be passed around. I mean, who doesn't love a good laugh-cry? Haha! *sobs*

Massive thanks to Kirsty Greenwood for sending me a review copy!


For this mani, I used:

OPI - Towel Me About It, Need Sunglasses?, In My Back Pocket, Samoan Sand, Dulce de Leche, Fearlessly Alice, and You Don't Know Jacques.

China Glaze - I Sea The Point

Essie - party on a platform

Julep - Millie

Fingerpaints - Paper Mâché and Black Expressionism

Glisten and Glow - HK Girl Topcoat

Mitty brushes - Candy 00, Clean Flat Pro

Loose gold hex glitter

1 comment:

  1. Yay for quiptastic narratives about besties! And for lovely work of art nails. And for good recommendations... :)


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