Elizabeth Neep returns to the blog with a story of friendship, growth and a bit of ‘hero worship’ in
Never Say No
The second title I’ve read from this author, I was curious as to how the premise of the synopsis would play out for the protagonist, Hailey. Told in her perspective, we join her as she’s moved into a new London law firm, working for her ‘legal hero’ Vivian. Vivian seems to be all that Hailey wants: successful, married, busy and sought-after, and she learns quickly of Vivian’s “Never Say No” attitude, that she credits with her success. And Hailey has been, she thinks, stuck in a rut and staying safe: perhaps it is time to adopt Vivian’s motto for herself.
With a best friend in Sophie, a long-term boyfriend in Dan and her growing friendship with Vivian, it takes a while before she realizes that the motto isn’t all roses – and we see the cracks begin to appear in Vivian’s façade. Hailey is questioning everything in terms of this ‘new outlook’ and before she knows it- things are entirely too complicated – and we start to see that real growth is coming from Vivian and her ‘rejigging’ of her motto – to be a bit more selective as she struggles with her choices and mistakes. It is here, as y seis clearly struggling that Hailey starts to realize that her own ‘desires’ may have been set aside in a rash of enthusiastic ‘do as I say’ moments that have pulled her from her own goals that she’d held for ages.
The book sailed along quite nicely with Vvian becoming the ‘lead’ character and others either serving her purposes, being left as mere outlines of characters or, in the case of Hailey, a bit confused. Yes she jumped in, and through her voice we are getting a sense of the people and place, but just when I was solidly comfortable with some randomness and jumps into ‘challenges of the never say no’ attitude, the story shifted and the story lost moment. Because of the multitude of ‘choices and challenges’ available, there were loose ends left untied, while others did feel a bit contrived in their conclusions. I was feeling a bit let down at the end, but the characters that were flushed out (as in the other title I’d read from this author) truly were special and real – and leave me anxious to see more from this author.
Title: Never Say No
Author: Elizabeth Neep
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 4 September, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 5 minutes
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t’s always been yes. Yes, I’ll be your friend. Yes, I’ll be your girlfriend. Yes, I’ll move in with you. Yes, yes, yes. I can’t just change my mind now. Can I?
Hailey has always been told she can have it all. And saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way seems like the obvious way to make sure she gets it.
When she finds an engagement ring hidden in her boyfriend Dom’s closet, she knows she’ll say yes.
Her best friend Sophie suggests they run a marathon together and although Hailey hasn’t done more than sprint for a bus in years, she says yes.
And every time her new boss, the infamous Vivian Jones, asks her to stay late (again) at her dream job, the answer is always yes.
But somewhere between saying ‘yes’ to Vivian’s latest demands and still trying to make it home on time for boxsets and burritos on the sofa with Dom, Hailey has lost sight of what she really wanted in the first place.
Far from winning at life, Hailey feels like she is fighting to juggle two very different worlds. When those worlds finally collide, could having it all actually mean losing everything?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.