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Summary

Jane is trying.

She's been trying for a baby, with increasing desperation as her 30s sail by.

Now, she's trying to make a new start back home with her overprotective, charades-obsessed parents—having left her career and cheating fiancé behind in London.

With an increasing load on her plate, friends and family who think she'll have a perfect life if she only listens to them, and a brain which questions every decision she's ever made, can Jane conquer her demons and step forward on her own?

©2021 Isy Suttie (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 12-08-21

I cannot imagine this in anyone else’s voice

Isy’s writing is subtle and beautiful. Simultaneously hilarious and real. Jane Is Trying is a lovely book that’s exceptionally well observed. The characters feel true and well-formed. There’s Jane, obviously, but her parents, too. Kelly and her boys are terrific. The living room / role-play scene made me cringe.

All that and it’s brought to life masterfully by Isy herself. I can’t imagine it being in anyone’s voice other than hers and I would recommend this as highly as any audio.

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Disappointing- I really wanted it to be good…

A fan of her comedy and as a personality but this was just .. meh.
You could guess what would happen early on and when it did, I found I didn’t really care because the lead was a bit meh and whilst it was clearly based on real life incidences it was maybe a bit too real, and just felt in places like it was based on mundane in-jokes /references. It passed the time as I painted the spare room but I realised when the final chapter was wrapping up that I was barely listening anymore and was scrolling through to cue up something else to listen to..

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Brilliant read!

Really enjoyed this book, it was refreshing not to follow a guessable narrative and feature so many flawed and in depth but likeable characters.
Isy reads it perfectly, especially Jonathan’s voice.

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I Flippin Love this Book-

I would recommend this book to All - very Entertaining and made especially so by Isy herself narrating - Isy has such an insight into All of us….. this book was just a joy - I devoured it in 2 days -

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Funny, thoughtful and bittersweet

Despite being a fan of Suttie's, including seeing her performing live and enjoying her previous book The Actual One, I wasn't sure about this at first. The characters, specifically Jane, felt a decade too immature than their actual age of 38 and the story felt a bit chick lit for my tastes. I found that, for a time, I was only listening for Suttie's narration and the odd good line. But, after a while, I was properly drawn in, wanting the best for Jane and sympathising with her situation. Funny, thoughtful and bittersweet, Suttie's got a good way with prose too.

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I really wanted to like this

I adore Isy Suttie. I’ve seen her live, I’ve listened to the love letters countless times, and this sounded like it might be a longer version of that, so I was excited. The character depiction is very similar to Love Letters, which I liked, but I just couldn’t root for the main character. I get the phobic / obsessive angle, but Jane’s stubbornness and selfishness isn’t quirkily charming, it ends up being boring and frustrating. I found myself muttering ‘Oh FFS’ more than once. I’ll stick to live shows.

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Great read.

I loved the book, so funny it had me giggling in bed 🤣 but the introduction part I found was weak and uninteresting, to the point I almost gave up on it and returned.. I’m glad I didn’t though! Although I was kind of sad of how things worked out in the end. Obviously I can’t say without disappointing readers.

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A lovely book with brilliant characters you will love

I loved this book! Couldn’t stop listening. Such satisfying characters and the perfect ending. Please write another one Isy!

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Outstanding

I picked this book up because I like Isy’s other work but wasn’t too sure what it would be about from the summary.
Read it.
I love the characters, the depth and complexity of the relationships. I love the place setting, the stereotypes of London mums and the Derbyshire town.
I love the sympathetic way the protests and more political elements of the book are written.
I love the hope throughout the book and i love how in a relatively short period of time you see a character change so much.
Thank you Isy. Another one please?