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Check out these two ripper reads these holidays and get lost in a land of love and revenge.

“The Rehearsal” (Debut Novel)

By Eleanor Catton

A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. The sudden and total publicity seems to turn every act into a performance and every platform into a stage. But when the local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a show, the real world and the world of the theatre are forced to meet, and soon the boundaries between private and public begin to dissolve.

“The Rehearsal” is an exhilarating and provocative novel about the unsimple mess of human desire, at once a tender evocation of its young protagonists and a shrewd expose of emotional compromise

SheSaid says: “The Rehearsal” is about identity and anxiety and astoundingly was written by a 22-year-old New Zealand girl. Maybe this is why this book feels so authentic! As the glowing global reviews attest – “Uncommonly witty and bold….[“The Rehearsal” has] a real knack for narrative and a cast of painfully familiar teenage characters who are all desperate to be as confident, cool, charismatic and funny as possible. These are qualities that the extraordinary Eleanor Catton has in spades,” (The Times of London).

The Good Luck Girl

By Kerry Reichs

Maeve Connolly is tired of being labelled as irresponsible. Yes, she may spend unhealthy amounts of time on Facebook and watch marathon sessions of America’s Next Top Model, but Maeve isn’t a typical post-college slacker. Determined to change her life and make her own luck, Maeve impulsively decides on a grand adventure – driving cross country to LA. But en route, Maeve’s car breaks down and she is stranded in Unknown, Arizona. It is here, alone and in the middle of nowhere, that Maeve finally faces up to the reality of her past.

What Maeve has denied acknowledging, even to herself, is that she isn’t running from bad luck, but from something much more complicated – something that made her feel as though the world would never turn again, and her heart would always remain closed. What begins as a hilarious and quirky coming-of-age tale soon deepens into a complex portrayal of survivorship and one woman’s journey to a new beginning. Funny, irreverent, and moving in equal measure, The Good Luck Girl will leave you smiling through tears.

SheSaid says: This book is the ideal holiday read because you can easily put it down at any point, and yet it’s straightforward enough to pick up again. Don’t expect anything too deep but it’s definitely worth persevering beyond the early chapters. Well written, humourous and thought-provoking this is one for the chick-lit lovers amongst us.

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