HOORAH IT’S FINALLY MY TURN ON THE BLOG TOUR! I CAN FINALLY GUSH ABOUT THIS UTTERLY BRILLIANT BOOK!
A laugh-out-loud, feel good, romantic comedy, which will take you on an enlightening emotional rollercoaster. Perfect for the fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jane Costello.
‘Frankie Green’s happy ever after is put on hold when her childhood sweetheart husband complains things are boring in bed.
When he asks for some space, she sets out to win him back by getting herself a sex education.
Little does she know that her hilarious, tender and embarrassing journey of enlightenment is going to change everything…
A story full of humour, heartache and happiness, of friendship, coming of age and overcoming insecurity.’
Praise for Laura Kemp:
“Fresh, so very real and funny” Milly Johnson
“Fantastically funny” Allison Pearson
“Brilliantly funny” Fiona Gibson
“Witty, brilliantly written” Fabulous Magazine
“Funny and poignant” The Sun
“Funny and gutsy” Sainsbury’s Magazine
At the end of my review I will be posting an interview I did with Laura after reading The Late Blossoming Of Frankie Green.
Where to begin… It’s always difficult to start a review on a book that you loved so much,. In fact love is actually an understatement, because I didn’t JUST love this book, I ADORED it. Laura Kemp is genius. GENIUS… but before I get too gushy let’s discuss the actual book!
The Late Blossoming Of Frankie Green is one story based on the lives of three best friends, mainly Frankie herself but also Letty and Em. Each woman is going through different struggles, so I am going to talk briefly about each one!
Frankie Green is a smug newlywed, on a romantic break to celebrate her one-year anniversary with her husband and childhood sweetheart, Jason. For Frankie, life couldn’t be sweeter. She is married to the man of her dreams, has regular sex and sometime in the future they will be having lots of adorable babies… only for Jason life isn’t so clear-cut. No, for Jason he wants more from life. He wants adventure and kinky sex and he doesn’t want them with Frankie. But before he tells her this he tries to surprise her with kinky sex by blind-folding her and hand-cuffing himself to the bed! What a treat! To hell with talking this through, scare your wife to death and then lay all her faults on a plate and exclaim that your life together isn’t what you pictured in life. So poor Frankie is left bewildered, heartbroken and feeling utterly useless as woman, lover and wife.
Frankie desperately wants to win Jason back and prove to him that she is worthy of him, that she can be everything he needs. She has never wanted to be anyone but herself but figures maybe she wasn’t adventurous enough in bed and that maybe that is something she needs to work on. So with the help of a few drinks inside her she decides she will get herself a sex teacher. Someone who can show her how to go from boring in bed to an absolute sex kitten.
Em, the sensible one of the group has fallen head over heels for Simon Brown. After one night together, Em can see them fitting together perfectly, they have the same interests and are both in the same line of work. Which is how they met, Em was showing Simon the ropes when he joined their team for six weeks. When Em first laid eyes on Simon it felt like magic but sadly her feelings were not reciprocated and she ends up finding herself alone and pregnant. But pregnant at a time she needs it least, not only is she facing the future as a single mum but she now has the opportunity to become promoted at work, a job she has been doing since school and utterly loves to pieces. But will being pregnant ruin her chances, she decides to keep quiet until she legally has to tell work, which also helps her to keep it quiet from Simon, for now. He already has a daughter from a previous relationship and she can’t imagine him suddenly deciding to settle down for her. Not only has she got all of that to deal with but she also ]has her dopey brother Floyd currently living with her due to his heartbreak of being left by the love of his life, to pursue need to travel the world. Floyd is a professional psychiatrist yet still loves to stick mangoes up his shirt and announce that he is a lady.
Letty, is the boisterous, overly confident and the sex mad one of the group. She is currently having an affair with her personal trainer, Lance Boddy, a man who named his gym, The Boddy Shop, something she never thought she would do and something the girls have expressed the disapproval in, but she assures them it’s only sex and nothing else. Lance is living a separate life to his girlfriend and is only staying because of his son, they had thought a baby would save their relationship. No guessing the outcome there! Although Lance and Letty are at it like a pair of rabbits, anywhere and everywhere, Lance never runs away afterwards, she always does the running. She could give him up at the drop of a hat, but she craves love and Lance is very loving towards her. Often asking if he can stay at hers, laughing at her jokes and hanging off her every word, but Letty refuses to act the same way and never lets him stay, this is proof that it is only sex and helps her to feel less guilty about having an affair. Letty is constantly prepared for him to cut and run but he never does, then one day he admits it isn’t just about sex for him and is about to confess his love for her when she quite literally jumps out of the car and away from him.
I don’t want to give away the story line so I’m going to shut up about Letty and Em now!
As for Frankie, well she does get her sex lessons and she gets them from none other than Floyd! Floyd is also suffering from heartache and not looking for a serious relationship at all, so for him this is win win. He gets to have lots of sex and still get over his broken heart in his own time. Frankie has a list she wants to get through but she is so embarrassed she makes Floyd sit under the kitchen table before she will even discuss the list. THAT is what he is dealing with… But that is only the tip of the iceberg… getting Frankie to actually have sex is proving much more difficult than he ever expected, because Frankie is seriously lacking in confidence and isn’t keen to get any part of her body out or see through ANY sex act. So to start with they pretty much dry hump each other!
I MUST STOP TALKING….
I absolutely loved and adored this book, this isn’t a book you can read and pick up over a few days this is a book that you HAVE to read in one go. It’s impossible to put it down and if you don’t read fast be prepared to do everything one-handed for a few days!
I loved Frankie, she was SO relatable as a character, I think anyone in a long-term relationship who is blissfully happy who suddenly has the rug ripped from under them would feel just as insecure as she did. Her apprehension about having sex with Floyd and letting him see her naked was totally believable. So you become instantly drawn in and can’t help but get caught up within the story. You are rooting for her from the beginning and also laughing along the way too, because Frankie Green is hilarious. All her relationships are a delight, from her best friends to her clients to her dad, they are all so wonderful and heart warming, there isn’t a thing to dislike about Frankie Green or Letty and Em for that matter. Em, how could you not adore her? She fell madly in love with someone she worked with and like many women all over the world had her hopes dashed and then found herself in trouble, but she is strong and doesn’t shy away from her responsibilities and decides that if she is going to be a singe mum she will be the best single mum their ever was. It’s impossible not to be cheering her on throughout the book, although the sensible one with strong opinions, she is so in the nicest way possible. Letty is also insanely lovable and relatable, desperate to be loved and when she has someone opening their arms to her she runs in the opposite direction. I really loved that about her, mainly because she reminded me of myself. All the girls are believable and lovable and they all do things that have you thinking, oh my god I would do the same, or have traits that you yourself have.
Floyd is, for me, the ULTIMATE book boyfriend. On the outside he is a professional with a very grown up career, but those who know him will know him as an utter clown, he is a teenager in an adult body, he had a ridiculous sense of humor but is also so sweet, caring and gentle. His the man all woman want to secretly marry (or that could just be me!). I loved, LOVED, LOVED his and Frankie’s friendship, I loved how close they became and how he helped her gain confidence and realise she was actually pretty god damn sexy, no matter what that moron Jason said. for me, Floyd was perfection!
Not only is this book brilliant with strong females and three compelling story lines it’s absolutely hilarious, there was rarely a time I wasn’t laughing myself stupid. At times I laughed so hard I cried, Laura Kemp has a brilliant sense of humor and it shines through in this book. There are many one liners that made me snort in the most unladylike way, but my absolute favourite will forever be
“Once you bare your bum, you bare your soul.”
I cannot recommend this book enough, everything about it is appealing. It’s a feel good, laugh yourself stupid, romantic comedy. A book to be read in one glorious sitting because you will be too engrossed to remember real life even exists. Absolutely brilliant from beginning to end, an author that will be going into my must reads for any future releases.
And now onto my interview with Laura Kemp:
terms of the classics, I have a massive love for Wuthering Heights after doing it at A Level. It makes me want to waft around like Kate Bush in
Her uplifting message – based on the notion that everything is research apart from the rude bits – is ‘You Don’t Know How Brilliant You Are!’.
A journalist who has written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Sun amongst others, she is married with a son in Cardiff, where she pretends to be a domestic revolutionary so she doesn’t have to do the ironing. Runs to eat crisps and drink wine, adores her mates and loves her dog, Lego and sweary cross-stitch.