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Sharply witty and highly relatable – KATE SMITH

When a junior on her team pitches an exciting new idea to her boss, Briony is so preoccupied by her fear of public speaking that she misses the concept entirely, and ends up in a spiralling web of lies and excuses as she tries to manage a project she knows nothing about. When everything comes to a head with a colossal panic attack, she is signed off work for a month on mental health leave.

To make matters worse, Briony’s boyfriend Ben is being distant, and her best friend Sami seems to have replaced her with a new work friend. And then there is her dad, who needs a lift home from jail – again. Briony feels like she will never be enough for any of them.

Briony decides that she needs to make a change, to become a better employee, a better girlfriend, a better friend and a better daughter, and signs up to a local social anxiety support group in order to deal with her issues. It is there that she meets Jordan and Sarah, two new friends who might just show Briony that she is ‘enough’ already.

Critics Review

  • Sharply witty and highly relatable . . . a story of friendship, family, and heartache; and learning to love yourself when you think no-one else will.

  • Heartwarming, bold and very funny!

    Joanna Bolouri, author of THE LIST and ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
  • Mary’s writing is sharp, funny, and sings with relatability. She knows how to pack an emotional punch in the form of Briony, who I was cheerleading from the side. Mary has her finger on the pulse when it comes to young women taking huge strides in their lives.

  • Engaging and richly drawn [with] plenty of warmth and humour throughout. This is a well plotted, engaging and lovely read I’ll be hugely recommending!

    Suzanne Ewart

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