Review: The Split

Posted 9th September 2021 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The SplitThe Split by Laura Kay
Published by Quercus Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance, Women's Literary Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
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Wounded and betrayed, after being dumped by her girlfriend, Ally makes off to her dad’s in Sheffield with the one thing that might soothe the pain and force her ex to speak to her again: Emily's cat, Malcolm.
Back home and forced into a 'date' by their parents, Ally and her first-ever beard, Jeremy, come up with a ridiculous plan to win their exes back... to revenge-run a half marathon. Given neither of them can run, they enlist the support of athletic, not to mention beautiful, Jo. But will she have them running for the hills... or will their ridiculous plan pay off...?

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I really liked this cover when I saw it on Netgalley and the blurb sounded fun so I requested a copy. I then suggested to my work Book Club that we give it a try for Pride Month.

This story follows Ally as she learns how to move on from long term girlfriend Emily. I didn’t enjoy all the moping about exes in this book. Both Ally and Jeremy for me focused too much on getting back with their ex’s. I’m very against those relationships where people break up and get back together like a million times. If something isn’t working it’s time to move on. I know I can be a bit harsh on the subject but that’s just how I feel.

Emily, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Emily. It seemed like she wanted everything on her terms. I did feel a little sympathy for her at times but overall I didn’t want Ally to get back with her.

Ally and Jeremy’s friendship was a really strong point in this book for me. I was so happy to see this develop over the story and their runs were great to read. I really enjoyed the training. I found these scenes really funny.

Normally I would really enjoy the emails as it’s something a little different but Ally just came across as desperate in them so I found them irritating.

Overall I found this book funny and entertaining. It was an enjoyable light read.

About Laura Kay

Laura Kay is a London based writer whose work has appeared in Diva Magazine and the Guardian. She has a Masters degree in History from the University of Sheffield where she received the Sir Ian Kershaw Dissertation Prize. Laura was one of ten writers selected for Penguin’s 2018 WriteNow programme, during which she developed her debut novel, The Split, which was published by Quercus in March 2021. Her second novel will be published by Quercus in 2022. She lurks on Twitter @lauraelizakay and Instagram @lauraekay.


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