the make-up girl reviews

Here's what people have been saying about The Make-Up Girl so far:

Faith's boyfriend Adam is perfect: he's not into football and he prefers a cosy night in with her rather than out with the lads. But he doesn't exist - Faith made him up and now she has two months to find a real man to meet her mum . . . will make you laugh . . . ****

Faith's boyfriend Adam is perfect, it's just a shame he doesn't exist. And now her family expect to meet him at her sister's wedding. A funny and sweet summer read.

Faith has told her mum about her great boyfriend and top PR job, but the man doesn't exist and she actually works at a make-up counter. Can she keep up her fake life at her sister's wedding?
OK! Magazine

Much more than just chick lit.
Yorkshire Post

To impress her mum, Faith has invented a perfect (but non-existent) boyfriend. Now Mummy wants to meet him. What's a girl to do? This hilarious novel is out to buy on Thursday.

The second book from Semple is a sure-fire winner. This has everything a chick lit read should have - humour, sadness and just the right amount of happy ever after.
Lancashire Evening Post

Very funny
Writing Magazine

'We long for Faith to find the solution to all her dilemmas and wince then cheer as she stumbles along the rocky road to love. This 'chick-lit' novel pushes all the right buttons if you want an easy and enjoyable read.'

It's a laugh-out-loud book by a talented author who manages punchy and funny lines throughout. It's easy reading that lifted me out of many a depressing mood.
Coventry Evening Telegraph

A funny and enjoyable book.

Faith Wishart works for a top PR agency and is dating a handsome lawyer named Adam. Well, at least that's what she tells her mother. Truthfully, Faith works at a department-store makeup counter and hasn't been on a promising date in ages. She's created an imaginary perfect life, and now it's up to her to make it a reality. When she meets Adam at the gym, she decides to make him fit her fantasy--ignoring the fact that he seems to be more interested in constant sex than in a serious relationship. It doesn't take a psychic to predict that Faith will realize that she can't turn fantasy into life or that she'll end up seeking solace in the arms of her neighbor Frank, but there are plenty of other surprises along the way to keep things interesting. Semple, author of The Ex-Factor (2004), proves that she can replicate the quick-paced charm of her debut.

Oh what a tangled web Leeds author Andrea Semple weaves within the character of Faith, a mere department store make-up sales assistant; a position not worthy of admitting to her mother who has exacting expectations of her daughter.

Under pressure, she dreams up an existence of the perfect boyfriend, Adam, in order to placate said mother, who constantly nags her to settle down.

Practising to deceive does not, however, sit well upon the hapless Faith who stumbles in this very contemporary chic lit extravaganza from yarn to yarn, inventing a top Leeds job for herself in the process.

Semple tackles laugh-a-minute humour with ease, as we witness Faith becoming a horrified and less than useless birth partner to her screaming friend Alice – "you want kids to have safe sex? Take a picture of this woman right now…", yet she manages to cover an attempted rape scene with the sensitivity and raw fear it deserves.

With Faith's lies snowballing around her, and inadequacy closing in in the form of a perfectly gorgeous and successful sister, she finds herself in the redeeming position of saving the life of a drop-out acquaintance from the building where she lives.

The impending doom-filled panic of the unavoidable introduction of the fictitious Adam to her demanding mother keeps the pages turning with mounting dread and intrigue as to how she can possibly carry this off.

A great read for Leeds residents and in fact anyone who has experience of mothers or men. There is a little bit of Faith in all of us after all.
Review by Lynn Ede (check out her lovely website here) for the BBC website

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