My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published Feb 26th 2014 by Penguin Books Australia
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Lily produces a cooking segment on morning television. She lives with a supermodel which means she feels frumpy and inadequate a lot of the time. She drinks, swears lots, and occasionally falls into bed with the wrong person. The latter leads to Lily and her flatmate, Simone, making a pact to swear off men for six months. A guy-detox. It should be easy for Lily, the only man in her life is Jack, the new, highly irritating chef they’ve hired for her segment and she can’t stand him. Although he does seem to be growing on her. Then Simone meets someone at her whole foods store and the detox is off. When this handsome foodie turns out to be Jack, Lily’s Jack, she is faced with a dilemma. Simone and Jack just don’t seem right for each other, but she can’t steal her best friend’s boyfriend, and working with Jack is getting increasingly uncomfortable. Will Jack see that Lily really is the right girl for him?
Zoe Foster has created a smart and funny novel which is a pleasure to read. Lily is witty and likeable and it’s easy to relate to her. I think most people at one time or another have had a crush on a friend’s boyfriend or a colleague. Foster has recreated those uncomfortable moments really well. There were times when I found myself cringing for Lily when Simone and Jack were together. I also like that the book is set in Sydney. I haven’t read a lot of contemporary adult fiction set in Australia, and it’s a refreshing change from the mountains of London based chicklit that seem to dominate women’s fiction.
The Wrong Girl is an enjoyable, light read that will leave you with a smile and a warm glow.