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Living the Dream

A Novel
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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A cheeky, charming debut about 20-something best friends in London navigating their careers and love lives past postcollegiate turmoil and into adulthood, with lots of pints along the way.

Emma is a rising star at the marketing firm she works at as a "creative" but would have trouble describing what exactly it is she does all day. She pours most of her actual creative energy into a popular blog that all of her friends agree is brilliant, but she has yet to make a cent on it. Clem is a massively talented screenwriter just back from New York, where she picked up a fancy graduate degree in film. But until she convinces an agent to take on her masterpiece script, she's stuck hostessing at the bar she frequented as an undergrad, and the only calls she's getting are about bills past due and overdrawn bank accounts.

In their ironclad friendship, both girls find a reliable break from the postcollegiate absurdities and indignities that seem to abound in life right at the moment they feel they should finally be getting it all together. With a rotating cast of lovably insufferable friends, from Emma's fabulous DJ and ladies' man roommate to Clem's painfully ordinary and predictable childhood chum, the girls wind their way through the twists and turns of aging parents and terrible bosses and regrettable one-night stands, of unforeseen setbacks and blessings that present as anything but, and remind each other that while their ships might not have come in yet, the after-work drinks are cold, and the company can't be beat.

©2017 Lauren Berry (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Cute story about female friendship

There's no real beginning or end to this book; however, it takes the reader through ups and downs of a twenty-something trying to figure out her career and her relationships. The book is focused on two characters, but brings in their relationships with the rest of the "cast". It lays out the real struggles of trying to figure out what you want to do with your life after graduating from college, and how difficult it can be to land that life-altering, career-launching gig. The book also shows how it is to date in your twenties and how it is to be heartbroken. Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and wonder what's next for the girls.