“Ever since we began our tradition of swapping notebooks, I’ve written with you in my mind.”
Genre: Literary Fiction
Number of Pages: 304
Date of Publication: 9 June 2022
Publisher: Tinder Press
My Review Summary: A compelling read about the party lifestyle.
📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖
The party has to end sometime
It all starts on New Year’s Eve. A night that has to be a success, whatever the cost. For Joni and her friends, it’ll be a party that promises all the high stakes and glamour of any other, but by sunrise they’ll be dealing with something darker than the usual post-party comedown.
Not that they let this stand in their way. For this is their year to revel in all that the playground of London has to offer: sneaking into places they shouldn’t, breaking every rule, falling in love with the wrong people. All the while avoiding one undeniable truth: it’s not if the party ends, it’s how.
JUST FOR TODAY is a bittersweet evocation of the end of innocence, and an exhilarating celebration of having nothing to lose – until suddenly, you do.
I saw this come up on Random Things Tours and it intrigued me. It wasn’t something that I would usually read about, but it sounded interesting so I put my name down for it. I am glad that I did. It was an enjoyable book that just had something about it.
The writing was gripping in an interesting way. By that I mean that once I put it down it wasn’t an immediate ‘I must pick it back up again’, but once I did I was sucked in and I could just keep going.
The chapters were fairly long, but very descriptive and full of narration punctuated with chunks of conversation. It struck the right balance between narration and conversation, and I really felt like I was there with the characters. There was nothing that made you sit on the edge of your seat, however there was an undercurrent of something bad happening. The prologue at the beginning, plus a couple of phrases dotted around made you think that something was going to happen at some point near the end of the book.
The pace throughout was good and nothing seemed to drag. You were effortlessly taken through the life of the main character and her friends. It was all from the one main character’s point of view. I liked the main character’s reminiscing every so often as it added depth to the story.
It was an emotional rollercoaster and the main character experienced a lot of lows. I wondered how she managed to pick herself up, but she seemed to manage it. From that point of view you were constantly wondering what was going to happen next, but it came naturally and in an unsurprising manner.
The characters were excellent. It was nice to see the main character with her friends. She had a wonderful relationship with them that was a joy to read. The party life is a lifestyle that I know very little about so to see it written in this story was interesting. All the characters had their own lives, but they all met up on a regular basis. They had their professional lives and then their party lives.
Lastly the settings. I loved all the details about the characters and what they were doing. There were some lovely settings, Cornwall and the high end of London for example, but there was also the other side of London. The settings were lightly described which added depth to the characters conversations and actions.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend that you give it a try if you want to read something a bit different.
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