The House Mate by Nina Manning

4 Stars from me

I think my head is still spinning…

I loved Regi and her motley crew of twenty-something housemates. So many times I felt very proud of her for tolerating the situation and being brave enough to keep going.

Nina Manning’s writing of her little ‘routines’ was excellent. The coping mechanisms and the awkwardness and angst that surrounded them was just so well captured.

The House Mate is divided up into ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ chapters – I don’t want to give any spoilers so all I can say here is pay attention!

I also loved @MrsClean! I thought the whole instagram bit was nicely done and the nod to also becoming one of Regi’s routines.

There were so many times when I thought the book was heading in a certain direction or that a character was going to end up doing a particular thing or being bad/good and I think pretty much every time I was wrong!

There’s topsy-turvy and then there is this book…

Blurb: The perfect life? …Or the perfect lie?
When Regi moves into her new house share, she’s ready for a clean slate. A new home. A new routine. A new identity…

Desperate to escape the shadow of her past that follows her everywhere she goes, Regi finds the ideal distraction in the perfect lives of others on social media.

But as innocent scrolling turns into an unhealthy obsession, Regi will soon learn that seeking perfection comes at a price…

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