**Worst. Idea. Ever by Jane Fallon was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Michael Joseph Books & Gaby Young for having me on the tour.**
Best friends tell each other everything. Or do they?
Georgia and Lydia are so close, they’re practically sisters.
So when Lydia starts an online business that struggles, Georgia wants to help her – but Lydia’s not the kind to accept a handout. Setting up a fake Twitter account, Georgia hopes to give her friend some anonymous moral support by posing as a potential customer.
But then Lydia starts confiding in her new internet buddy and Georgia discovers she doesn’t know her quite as well as she thought. Georgia knows she should reveal the truth – especially when Lydia starts talking about her – but she just can’t help herself.
Until Lydia reveals a secret that could not only end their friendship, but also blow-up Georgia’s marriage . . .
Georgia’s in too deep.
But what can she save?
Her marriage, her friendship – or just herself?
We’ve all got that one friend that we couldn’t live without. For Georgia, that friend is Lydia, who she’s been best friends with since they studied at university together. But while they strive to achieve similar dreams, will one friend feel left behind and forgotten while the other thrives?
Georgia is a very successful children’s author and has a loving husband and children. Lydia is an aspiring illustrator whose career path hasn’t played out quite as she hoped it would. All Georgia wants is for Lydia to be as successful as she is so one day when they meet for lunch and Lydia is upset that her Etsy shop is failing miserably, Georgia steps up as any friend would. In comes Patricia, Georgia’s online alter-ego, who showers Lydia with praise and purchases a couple of her illustrations. It’s clear that Georgia’s intentions with setting up the fake social media profiles for Patricia are pure and from a place of love, but little does she know that Lydia’s own intentions aren’t as pure or kind.
Honestly, I loved Georgia’s characters and felt so awful with her when things became incredibly ugly. She really has a heart of gold and is a “ride or die” kind of friend. Her success came from her own hard work and she never gave up on her dreams, even when she got tired of writing about Wilbur the Wallaby. I found myself really rooting for her and wanting for her to get her life back on track when it’s turned upside down by horrid lies and deception.
Lydia… ugh, where to begin? It’s easy to understand why she is miserable in her life but the problem is that she takes that out on others. Sure, she’s tried several times to get into the industry but it’s tough to get into and very competitive. Not everyone can make it as an author or illustrator. To me, her character came across as incredibly selfish and all she really cared about was her own success regardless of who she had to trample on to get it. There were times I felt sorry for her because it’s easy to see why she’s so down in the dumps about her situation. The green-eyed monster jealousy reared it’s ugly head where Lydia is concerned and made her a truly awful character.
I thought it was beautifully written and it had me hooked immediately. However, I guessed what was happening about five chapters in which was disappointing. The predictability of that part of the book spoiled the suspense of it for me. This is why I am rating it 4/5 stars. I had a thoroughly good time buddy reading it with @agenuineopinion.