Sunday, 25 August 2013

It Would be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't it?) by Sophie Ranald

It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't it?)It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend by Sophie Ranald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ellie Mottram lives somewhat in the shadow of her younger sister, Rose. Rose has glamourous friends, designer clothes, an exciting job as an art buyer and a string of rich boyfriends. Ellie prefers comfortable clothes, watching Masterchef and hanging out with her not-boyfriend, Ben. That is, until Rose brings Oliver home and Ellie is smitten. What lengths will Ellie go to to steal Oliver away from Rose? And what will it cost her if she succeeds?

This is the debut novel from Sophie Ranald, although you wouldn't know it. It is a testament to her skill that although Ellie is attempting something pretty callous, she remains a likeable and sympathetic character throughout. First person narrative can be tricky, and Sophie handles it well, creating a cast of three dimensional charaters as seen through Ellie's eyes. The writing is clever and funny and Sophie maintains a good pace throughout, creating the need to carry on to find out just what will happen to Ellie and Rose.

Highly recommended.