Living the Dream by Lauren Berry

Living the Dream

A cheeky, charming debut about twentysomething best friends in London navigating their careers and love lives past post-collegiate turmoil and into adulthood with lots of pints along the way.Emma is a rising star at the marketing firm she works at as a "creative," but would have trouble describing what exactly it is she does all day. She pours most of her actual creative energy into a popular blog that all of her friends agree is brilliant, but s...

Details Living the Dream

TitleLiving the Dream
Release DateJul 11th, 2017
PublisherHolt Paperbacks
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews Living the Dream

  • Sam Quixote
    Emma and Clem are twentysomething Londoners who want to be writers. And, er, that’s it - Lauren Berry neglected to include a story in her debut novel, Living the Dream! Emma’s the realist of the two, working an office job to pay the rent and writing in her spare time, while Clem’s the dreamer, going full tilt at the screenwriting lark and being broke and living at home for her efforts. I’d hoped Berry would wring some humour and/or wry o...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    Oh Hillary I feel ya!I suppose there's nothing inherently wrong with this book... It's just that there's nothing great about it either. And well... I'm bored. Just completely and utterly bored.One or two stars depending on my mood.... My current mood is....... So let's go with one star! Where is this great book that's going to get me out of my funk???? I want my reading groove back!!!
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. First off, I don't see why a coffee cup was chosen to be on the cover. The main characters are constantly drinking alcohol not coffee. I wasn’t blown away by this book. It definitely started a bit slow. It took a while for it to finally get interesting and for a plot to actually emerge. Once that happened I enjoyed it. I was al...
  • Bookread2day
    Living The Dream is a razor-sharp comic novel based on office life and friendship. I totally loved reading some of the most funniest lines that I have ever read. Emma Derringer is an assistant at an advertising agency in London. Being punctual wasn't deliberate she was just born that way. Emma was always the first to arrive to work extra earlier than anyone else in the Soho office block. But unfortunately she isn't being paid for arriving and sta...
  • Blair
    A sparky slice of 21st-century chick lit (that is, the type you absolutely don't call chick lit) about two friends in their late twenties, Living the Dream fizzes with humour and intelligence. Emma, who always wanted to be a writer, is stuck in a job at an advertising firm; it pays the bills, but she hates it. Clementine has just returned from a year studying film in New York, and comes back down to earth with a bump when she finds herself living...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    This is another work satire that functions at a basic level but doesn’t reach any heights. The two main characters are the same kind of sarcastic which drove me mad. I’d recommend THIS COULD HURT or BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY over this any day. It was a somewhat satisfying beach read though. Expectations were low as I knew anything following THE PISCES was going to pale in comparison.
  • Natalie
    I admit that I picked up this book because it was hailed as 'Bridget Jones for Millennials' If I was being kind and optimistic, I would say that Berry has curated a sardonic and darkly-humoured piece of narrative about how Millennials do stuff but nothing really happens and life is just kind of dull. But in reality I think Berry just lacks the creative thinking necessary to write three-dimensional characters and a good plot line. See: the tedious...
  • Samantha Kilford
    This one's a little late as I got caught up in the exams rush while reading it, but thank you to Little, Brown for sending me a copy of Lauren Berry's charming and cheeky debut, Living The Dream.Listen, I'm always going to have a weak spot for chick lit that features good ol' British humour and awkward mishaps. Bad dates, dull job, lost and broke - I could see slithers of myself within Emma and Clem along the way. I guess one issue is that they c...
  • Alisa (worldswithinpages)
    Never have I related so much to a main character before, but Emma and I may be the same person. Emma is a 27-year-old business professional who so desperately wants to do MORE with her life. She is a talented writer, has a strong sense of sarcastic humor, and the people in her life all agree that her talents are being wasted on the bottomless pit of despair that is her current role as a glorified secretary for a PR firm. Her friend Clementine, wh...
  • Jenny
    I had the good fortune to meet Lauren Berry recently and she very kindly gifted me a copy of this book. I warmed to Lauren as much as I did her characters Em and Clem - they are all so brutally honest and genuine that you can't help wanting them all to succeed. The book follows friends Emma and Clementine's 'quest' to actually do a job they love and get paid for it, to break away from the corporate bull and quash their fears of failure and reject...
  • Cori
    I enjoyed this book! There was humor (bad date, I've been there) and also some frustrating parts that I wanted to the characters to just think and make the right choice! Overall I found this to be a fun, quick, and entertaining read. I love that it took place in London and described city life. I also think this book represents many in their late 20's just trying to do the best they can to figure life out! I received an ARC from a...
  • Jeanette
    I was pleased to have won this book recently in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.This is totally different from the books that I would generally read, but am always ready to try something different. I can only say that it was a fun read and am sure that my 18 yr old granddaughter will enjoy more than I.
  • Megan
    * I received an eARC of Living the Dream for review from Little, Brown. Little, Brown have also provided a copy of Living the Dream to give away to one of my readers so check out my blog post for how to take part! *This review was originally posted here on my blog, Magic & Musings.Here we have Living the Dream* by Lauren Berry, which I loved immediately just reading that deliciously ironic title. We follow a trio of girlfriends: a blogger and ass...
  • Meghan
    Shout out to abortion without apology. British chick-lit with a lot of good moments - I particularly loved the emphasis on work and Emma's horrible soul-sucking PR job.
  • Kirsty
    Lauren Berry's Living the Dream is breezy, quick to read, and rather superficial. It is also encompassed under the umbrella of 'chick lit'. Not to sound like a book snob, but all of these are tropes which I would ordinarily avoid when choosing a new read. Regardless, it worked as a wonderful antidote to thesis research and writing. Whilst I am unlikely to remember that much of the quite predictable plot in a few months' time, this was certainly t...
  • Rachel Brown
    I stuck with this so-so book because it was fairly entertaining but I got to a part near the end that I personally couldn’t read due to my own convictions and beliefs. The way the author dealt with a sensitive subject made me nauseous. Run away from this vapid book.
  • Carly
    For gifs and nicer formatting, read on my blog.Living the Dream is Lauren Berry’s debut novel about two best friends, Emma and Clem, navigating adulthood and pursuing their art.SynopsisEmma works a soul-sucking corporate job to pay the bills. Unbeknownst to her colleagues, she saves her real creative energy for writing short, humorous pieces for her blog – a well-followed and well-loved but non-lucrative venture.Clem finishes grad school at C...
  • Adele
    Advance copy in exchange for an honest review.Everyone can relate a little bit to Living the Dream's protagonist, Emma - She's almosts thirty, stuck in a marketing career, and the only good thing about her love life is that it provides quality content for her blog. I really enjoy books where they incorporate relevant things such as blogs and Youtube. I would have loved to have seen some of Emma’s writing incorporated into the book. After me oth...
  • Karen Germain
    Thank you to Holt Paperbacks for providing me with a free copy of Lauren Berry's novel, Living the Dream, in exchange for an honest review.PLOT- Emma works for a marketing firm in London, but dreams of finding success as a writer. She's miserable at her day job, but has a decent following on her blog and keeps pitching article ideas to various trendy magazines. Emma struggles with her desire to quit her day job to chase her dreams against the r...
  • Beth (bibliobeth)
    First of all happy publication day to author Lauren Berry with her debut novel, Living The Dream! Secondly, a huge thank you to Grace Vincent and Little, Brown publishers for allowing me to read a copy in exchange for an honest review. To be perfectly honest, I don't normally read books within this genre. However, when Grace contacted me and I read the synopsis I was in the mood for something light-hearted and funny so I was happy to give it a sh...
  • Diana
    I was very lucky to ‘win’ an ‘Advance Reader’s Edition’ of LIVING THE DREAM: A NOVEL by Lauren Berry, from Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program.LIVING THE DREAM is due to be published July, 2017. It is Ms. Berry’s first novel.It consists of 3 Parts with 42 chapters.Two best friends, Emma Derringer and Clementine Twist are reunited after Clementine returns home (to London) after graduating from Columbia’s post-grad film program. ...
  • Katherine Sunderland
    This book is a playful, lighthearted, fun read all about Emma and Clem as they negotiate their way through life, juggling parents, bosses and one night stands as they try to establish a career. It's also a novel about friendship. And drinking!I'm not sure I'm the right target audience for this novel as I'm a lot older than the characters in the book and at a very different stage in my life, but there were aspects I could relate to and there were ...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    Two young women in their twenties, two dreams. Emma dreams of working as a writer, she blogs about her life with quite a remarkable success, but actually she is stuck in an advertising company where she has to be creative in the dullest of imaginable ways. Her best friend Clementine Twist has just returned to London from a Year in New York where she attended Columbia film school to become a screenwriter. The feedback to her work is throughout pos...
  • AJ
    You can also find this review at https://booksbestfriendblog.wordpress...Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Great quick read about two best friends trying to figure out their lives as twenty somethings in London. Emma is the cautious friend who longs to be a real writer but has settled for a blog and a full time job as a “creative” at an ad agency. Clem is the more carefree one who works hard on her film scripts while wo...
  • Sandie
    Emma is a writer. She knows she is; it is what feeds her soul. But she spends her days as a 'creative' at a London marketing firm where they have high hopes for her talent and intuition but where she feels she is slowly dying. Her boss is a joke whom she has to kowtow to on a daily basis and she only has one person there she considers a friend. She has a blog with a small readership and she wants to take the next step but is paralyzed by the fear...
  • Tina
    What a delicious romp through London.Living the Dream by Lauren Berry is an entertaining book and I look forward to more by this new author.   What attracted me about this book was the description and the setting in London.“Living the Dream is a cheeky, charming debut about twenty-something best friends in London navigating their careers and love lives past post-collegiate turmoil and into adulthood with lots of pints along the way.”Sounded ...
  • Char
    I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.Emma and Clementine are two twenty-somethings living in modern day London. Both are writers and waiting for their big break that doesn’t seem to be coming as quickly as they’d like.I rated this 3 stars because the writing is really good and this debut novel had a lot of potential to be a fun chick-lit read. I didn’t rate it any higher because I honestly don’t know what to make of...
  • Tony Parsons
    London, England. APRC has 5 departments & 28 employees. Adrian Gilmartin (49, Oxford; Econ) is the boss.Emma Derringer (20+, APRC marketing firm), Ross freelance web, Jack designer, 2 Ed’s sales, Hilary, & Gemma (22, BA; Buss, intern) work there. Clementine “Clem” (screenwriter, MS) & Emma were enjoying a few martini’s at Pinchos bar (Old St.).What is the future for these 2? My egg donor mum who I never knew is from Leeds. Warning: This b...
  • Aimee
    (I was given this ARC by a Goodreads giveaway.)This was a bit slow for me at first. I remember reading the first two chapters, set it down, but then when I picked it back up I couldn't put it down. This was a wonderful story about 2 people learning how to make the changes they needed in their lives and what following their hearts mean to them. This was such a refreshing read because this was essentially about 2 friends with entirely different set...