Book Review: How to be Perfect by Holly Wainwright @hollycwain @Legend_Press

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The bestselling author of The Mummy Bloggers is back with another page-turning, rip-roaring story about mums, phones and the cult of self-improvement.

In the rolling green hills of Australia's hippest hinterland, a new guru is blogging about her breakfast.

ELLE CAMPBELL is back, holed up in an exclusive retreat where women pay thousands to mimic her extreme lifestyle, or die trying. But who's bankrolling Elle's new empire? And why are her two tiny sons suddenly absent from her glossy public image?

ABI BLACK just wants to marry her true love under a tree in the garden on New Year's Eve. But her ex-husband is building a financial cult in the shed, Elle is looming and her teenage daughter's YouTube channel is gaining followers for all the wrong reasons. The wedding might have to wait.

FRANCES GRAHAM has a colicky newborn, an absent husband and a WhatsApp mothers' group that's giving her anxiety. But she's certain that if she can just be more like those fitmums on Instagram, things can only get better. And surely, if she can scrape enough money together to make it to Elle's retreat, everything in her life will be just . . . perfect.

Through a world of fake gurus, green smoothies and bad influencers, How to Be Perfect follows Elle, Abi and Frankie into the cult of self-improvement that's taking over your phone . . . and your breakfast.

Review:

I absolutely loved The Mummy Bloggers, so when Legend offered an advanced copy of How to be Perfect, I jumped at the chance to review.

How to be Perfect sees Holly returning to the world of  mummy bloggers. Even though a lot of the characters from book one are back, I love how Holly has evolved each one. We're not stepping back into the same world as the first book. Elle is now a wellness guru with a holier-than-thou, all-forgiving attitude and Abi seems to have a harder edge to her. I really loved how they've all grown since the blogger awards.

Including Frances was incredibly clever as she gives an insight into the other side of influencer world -- those who find themselves influenced. Frances is 100% convinced that her life will be perfect if she only manages to emulate Elle's picture perfect existence. She pours over every blog post and video, taking Elle's word as gospel and racking up a ton of debt in the process. Including Frances gave the book another dimension, an important one. I've seen this happen so much in real life. Ordinary people taken in by wealthy highlight reels on Instagram. Even though the book has a humorous tone it deals with very real issues that have devastating effects on some people's lives (shiny object syndrome, FOMO, depression, and envy). I think it's really important that we address the toxic side of social media and world of blogging. 

The plot moves at a decent pace and I found every chapter entertaining. It could be read as a stand alone but I'd recommend reading the first book as you'll appreciate how each character's past has effected their behavior in this book.
★★★★ ☆

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