Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Just My Type by Hannah Doyle.
‘He’s my type on paper…but IRL?
– The quirky/cool photographer to a superstar blogger
– She’s going on a date with a SUPER hot guy on the London Eye tonight
– Best friend Mila is her wifey for life
– This millennial is #LivingHerBestLife
But fast-forward a few hours, and the reality isn’t quite so picture perfect. Jasmine hates her stuck-up blogger boss. She can barely afford rent in her stupid London flat. Her best friend seems to have all her sh*t together. Oh, and that date she was so excited about? She got dumped. On the London Eye. In the middle of a thunderstorm. With a bunch of tourists watching…
Best friend Mila decides that Jasmine needs a new ‘type on paper’ because Jasmine’s current criteria is so off that her dating history is one long line-up of fools. So Mila challenges Jasmine to look once, if not twice, at the guys who wouldn’t normally fit her ‘type’. With nothing to lose, Jasmine accepts. Maybe, just maybe, she’ll surprise herself.’
Jasmine definitely has a ‘type’ of guy. She likes a man in a suit, with a good job, a little bit cocky…definitely no man buns! For some reason though, despite meeting men who tick all of her boxes, none of them seem to stick. After a humiliating experience with the guy she was seeing results in her ending up single…again, and gorging on friend chicken with her best friend Mila…again, they come up with a new list of boxes to tick.
When Mila tasks Jasmine with going on seven dates with seven different men, which should result in her finding her true love, Jasmine is sceptical, and reluctant but she agrees nonetheless, and hilarity ensues!
Just My Type is a funny, heartwarming novel, that I think anyone who has found themselves unlucky in love can relate to. I think everyone has a ‘type’, and this book lightly makes fun of that, and shows how veering off that list could open us up to many new experiences, and people.
Jasmine’s seven dates are hilarious to read, and also slightly unbelievable. The work she does as a photographer to one of the hottest and most in demand celebrity bloggers takes her to all sorts of exotic locations (and sub par hotel rooms!) where she ends up meeting all sorts of different guys – a romantic prince, a grumpy but attractive (and inappropriate!) French waiter, and a down to earth but way too hipster I.T. genius, amongst others.
While this is a light book, full of humour, there is still a more serious undercurrent running through it. For most of the book, Jasmine refuses to think or speak about an event involving her father. We know that he is no longer in her life, but we don’t find out why that is until near the end of the book. I found this part of the story interesting to read and I was keen to find out what happened. It added a depth to the story that worked well with the lighter aspects of it, and it really fleshed out Jasmine’s story, her relationship with her mother and her friendship with Mila.
I also found Just My Type to be a very current, modern book, with references to Instagram, and emojies, and delving into the world of celebrity bloggers and reality television. It is very much relevant to today’s world, and this makes it feel very familiar.
The characters feel very familiar too, in a really comfortable way. I think we all know (or have been) a Jasmine, a person who is looking for something, but isn’t quite sure what that is. Her best friend Mila is the perfect companion – loyal, supportive, but not afraid to put Jasmine in her place. The other supporting characters, such as Ben and Jasmine’s mother, are well written and really add to the story.
I really enjoyed Just My Type, and I flew through it! It’s the perfect holiday read, I could definitely see anyone relaxing on a beach or in their garden, enjoying this book.
About the author
Hannah Doyle is a celebrity journalist who used to spend her time interviewing stars and swanning around fancy parties. The closest she gets to a canapé these days is half a stolen sausage during teatime with her toddler twins. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and writes books. She loves books! Just My Type is her second novel – her first novel The Year of Saying Yes was published in 2017. Hannah is a lifestyle blogger at http://www.thisishannah.co.uk and can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @byHannahDoyle.
Many thanks to Anne Cater and Headline Publishing for allowing me to be part of the blog tour for Just My Type and for supplying me with an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.