BOOK REVIEW | Never Say No by Elizabeth Neep

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Never Say No | Elizabeth Neep
301 pages | Publication Date: September 4th 2020 | Bookouture

Today I’m so excited to be sharing Elizabeth Neep’s second title that I’ve had the opportunity to read, Never Say No thanks to Bookouture! After reading The Spare Bedroom, I was thrilled to get another book from this author. I was expecting it to be a light-hearted romcom, but I got something so much deeper and more relatable instead – and I was so here for it!

I was so impressed at how different this title was from the first one I read, it grabbed my attention immediately. From expectations at the workplace, to growing in a long term relationship, to balancing life, work and friendships – this one has a little bit of it all!

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It’s always been yes. Yes, I’ll be your friend. Yes, I’ll be your girlfriend. Yes, I’ll move in with you. Yes, yes, yes. I can’t just change my mind now. Can I?

Hailey has always been told she can have it all. And saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way seems like the obvious way to make sure she gets it.

When she finds an engagement ring hidden in her boyfriend Dom’s closet, she knows she’ll say yes.

Her best friend Sophie suggests they run a marathon together and although Hailey hasn’t done more than sprint for a bus in years, she says yes.

And every time her new boss, the infamous Vivian Jones, asks her to stay late (again) at her dream job, the answer is always yes.

But somewhere between saying ‘yes’ to Vivian’s latest demands and still trying to make it home on time for boxsets and burritos on the sofa with Dom, Hailey has lost sight of what she really wanted in the first place.

Far from winning at life, Hailey feels like she is fighting to juggle two very different worlds. When those worlds finally collide, could having it all actually mean losing everything?

Fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Holly Bourne and The Devil Wears Prada will adore this funny, heart-felt and honest look at navigating those moments in life where you reach a crossroads and have to decide who and what it is you want to be.

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As the main character, Hailey was a complex woman, and I found her arc just enthralling. Don’t so many of us have a problem saying no? We make our lives about our family and friends, our jobs, the things that take up our day, but rarely say YES to ourselves and everything our hearts desire. But for Hailey, as she starts her new job at a law firm, she begins to wonder if the life she’s living is the one she wants to keep, or is there so much MORE out there? I really could relate to the protagonists need for self-discovery, and defining her friendships and love as she went along! 

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