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Penny wise or pound foolish? A heartbroken young Brit decides to turn his love life over to the flip of a coin—in this delightfully British rom-com in the vein of Jenny Colgan, Rosie Curtis, Nick Hornby, and David Nicholls. To coin a phrase, Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He just broke up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job, and moved back home with his pa Penny wise or pound foolish? A heartbroken young Brit decides to turn his love life over to the flip of a coin—in this delightfully British rom-com in the vein of Jenny Colgan, Rosie Curtis, Nick Hornby, and David Nicholls. To coin a phrase, Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He just broke up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job, and moved back home with his parents (shudder). Welcome to rock bottom in Bristol. As Josh starts questioning all his life choices, he has a mad thought: Maybe he would just be better flipping a coin. After all, careful planning has landed him homeless, jobless, and single. What starts as a joke soon becomes serious and Josh decides to start putting his faith in the capriciousness of currency. He doesn’t have anything to lose. But when the chance of a lifetime and the girl of his dreams are on the line, will the coin guide him to a rich love life or leave him flat broke?


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Penny wise or pound foolish? A heartbroken young Brit decides to turn his love life over to the flip of a coin—in this delightfully British rom-com in the vein of Jenny Colgan, Rosie Curtis, Nick Hornby, and David Nicholls. To coin a phrase, Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He just broke up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job, and moved back home with his pa Penny wise or pound foolish? A heartbroken young Brit decides to turn his love life over to the flip of a coin—in this delightfully British rom-com in the vein of Jenny Colgan, Rosie Curtis, Nick Hornby, and David Nicholls. To coin a phrase, Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He just broke up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job, and moved back home with his parents (shudder). Welcome to rock bottom in Bristol. As Josh starts questioning all his life choices, he has a mad thought: Maybe he would just be better flipping a coin. After all, careful planning has landed him homeless, jobless, and single. What starts as a joke soon becomes serious and Josh decides to start putting his faith in the capriciousness of currency. He doesn’t have anything to lose. But when the chance of a lifetime and the girl of his dreams are on the line, will the coin guide him to a rich love life or leave him flat broke?

30 review for The Flip Side

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wowza!This is hilarious, extremely entertaining, ultra smart, sassy, sarcastic, sensational! My cheeks hurt to laugh too much. I’m still wiping my tears but another blasting laughter comes out again ! Each time I remember the tinder date part of Josh( our hero) with his parents’ participation or discount birthday rendezvous part of the book, I start laughing. I cannot help myself. This is well deserved, creative and needed to be adapted on screen kind of brilliant story! ( Yes Hulu, Netflix, Ama Wowza!This is hilarious, extremely entertaining, ultra smart, sassy, sarcastic, sensational! My cheeks hurt to laugh too much. I’m still wiping my tears but another blasting laughter comes out again ! Each time I remember the tinder date part of Josh( our hero) with his parents’ participation or discount birthday rendezvous part of the book, I start laughing. I cannot help myself. This is well deserved, creative and needed to be adapted on screen kind of brilliant story! ( Yes Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max: here’s a great adaptation opportunity for you! ) I loved Josh. I loved his wonderful, quirky family. I adored Nan and Pap. I loved two Jakes and badass Jessie. And of course I loved Sunflower girl which reminded me of singing Sunflower from Post Malone and which made my husband puke who told me shut up if I wouldn’t want him hurt himself because of ear bleeding! If you want to spend quality time with a witty, romantic, uplifting, feel-good, enjoyable, heartwarming self discovery, friendship, love story, this is the best fit for your needs! The story starts with Josh’s tragicomic situation who recently bought a proposal package and trapped himself inside a glass capsule with, 443 feet above ground which is called “London Eye”, giving spectacular 360 degree view of London with its highest rotation points! He is on his knees to propose but he gets rejected by his long term girlfriend who tells him she’s seeing another guy behind his back. And yes, they have to spend 28 minutes more till their tour ends! What a beautiful way of celebrating your New Year’s Eve! Yay! And I have to add his girlfriend Jade is also his big boss’ daughter which means he has to resign from his job and let’s not forget he also shares a loft with her. Oh sorry, he doesn’t share. That’s his girlfriend’s flat! So he is dumped, jobless, returning back to his parents’ house who celebrate his postponed engagement party with a huge crowd from neighborhood. Yes,his life couldn’t be absurd and miserable, could it? As he sneaks out from party to watch a movie with his Pap, his Pap gives him idea to choose which movie they will watch by flipping a coin. From now on he will make his decisions by flipping a coin for a year. Because he already regrets his decisions he’s made before and he needs a fresh start by changing direction of his life. He has nothing to lose! Right? Even though his besties Jack and Jessie tease him a lot about his decision, the coin idea slowly grows on them. Each flip ends with unique results like finding himself getting wasted, thrown away from indie bar, competing at quiz show on tv, chasing a girl he even doesn’t know her name all around the Europe. Throughout his journey he makes mistakes, he learns more about himself, he gets humiliated, entertained, hurt, wasted, suffered from loss, heartbreak, discovers different shades and variable opportunities of his life with the help of his friends, anecdotes of his Pap. He learns how to have a fulfilled life by taking more chances! No more words! Five funny, sweet, emotional, glorious, laughing out loud, unique, intelligent stars coming up! Don’t read this book just one time! You buy it and every time you feel lost, down, upset, sad, suffer from dark mood, you just grab it and reread it. That’s one of those books which are feeding your souls and warming your hearts! Special thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers/ William Morrow Paperbacks for sharing this epic Arc with me in exchange my honest opinions. Special congrats to James Bailey for his debut. I already got addicted to his writing style and looking forward to read his upcoming works. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    A lighthearted romance is what I needed coming off a previous read that was mentally draining. Thankfully this one really was a cute and fun story. Maybe not perfect, but definitely good enough. Josh's life is a bit messy right now as his girlfriend broke up with him and he lost his job. And with the loss of income, he has to move back in with his parents. Obviously, he didn't plan on any of this stuff to happen but he starts questioning how he makes decisions. Figuring his life can't get any wor A lighthearted romance is what I needed coming off a previous read that was mentally draining. Thankfully this one really was a cute and fun story. Maybe not perfect, but definitely good enough. Josh's life is a bit messy right now as his girlfriend broke up with him and he lost his job. And with the loss of income, he has to move back in with his parents. Obviously, he didn't plan on any of this stuff to happen but he starts questioning how he makes decisions. Figuring his life can't get any worse, he comes up with the crazy idea to let a coin flip determine his fate. Anytime he is forced to make a choice, he let's the coin do it for him. Hmm... will the coin steer him wrong when it comes to his dating life or will it give him a better shot at finding true love? Even though it is a bit kooky, I really liked the premise for the book. It might seem like the whole flipping a coin is a bit of a cop out when it comes to making tough decisions, but it can force you out of your comfort zone as well. Most of us could use a push now and then to take a chance even if it's a bit scary. I know I can think of specific examples in my life in which I did the opposite of what I wanted to do and it worked out great. It's not very often I read a straight romance told entirely from the male's perspective. What made this book a unique read is the author took his time showing where Josh was at in his life rather than just jumping right into the romance. It didn't follow the standard formula in which you know right away who is going to be the one Josh has his eye on. I'm not saying Josh was a perfectly developed character but at least there were other things explored in his life like his friendships and the trivia nights. As a light and easy read, I really enjoyed this book. I recommend this one if that's what you are in the mood for too. Thank you to the Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance digital copy! All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Flip Side' is the debut novel by author James Bailey and is sure to be a success. This is far from my normal Mystery Crime novels but was such a great read. This Romantic comedy was an instant hit with me and I rapidly consumed it wanting to see how it finished. It was very light compared to my usual books but nevertheless was gripping and funny with true laugh out loud moments. A simple plot, but many good novels are like that where twenty eight year old Josh decides to toss the coin for every d Flip Side' is the debut novel by author James Bailey and is sure to be a success. This is far from my normal Mystery Crime novels but was such a great read. This Romantic comedy was an instant hit with me and I rapidly consumed it wanting to see how it finished. It was very light compared to my usual books but nevertheless was gripping and funny with true laugh out loud moments. A simple plot, but many good novels are like that where twenty eight year old Josh decides to toss the coin for every decision in his life.This comes after a disastrous romantic failure and Josh decides that with his bad decisions a toss of the coin couldn't fair any worse. What follows is a year in Josh's life where his fate is determined by the toss of his 50 pence piece. The book is full of humour with Josh and his friends Jessie and Jake who constantly tease him for his bad decisions and the fact that he lives with his parents. The fact that it is a light romantic comedy you may feel that you already know how it is going to end but there is so much more to this book with the escapades undertaken along the way by Josh. Enjoyable characters and a great summer read that will bring a smile to your face. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Penguin Michael Joseph for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    James Bailey's The Flip Side is a funny and poignant look at a man who has decided to let fate call the shots in his life. He had the perfect plan. Josh is going to propose to his longtime girlfriend on New Year’s Eve on The London Eye, which she has always wanted to visit. The next thing he knows, his relationship is over, he’s lost his job and his apartment (although he gets to keep their obese pet rabbit), and he’s moved back in with his parents. Disaster on all fronts. As he laments about James Bailey's The Flip Side is a funny and poignant look at a man who has decided to let fate call the shots in his life. He had the perfect plan. Josh is going to propose to his longtime girlfriend on New Year’s Eve on The London Eye, which she has always wanted to visit. The next thing he knows, his relationship is over, he’s lost his job and his apartment (although he gets to keep their obese pet rabbit), and he’s moved back in with his parents. Disaster on all fronts. As he laments about how his life has fallen apart and the choices he has made, he decides to decide no longer. Instead he’s going to leave every decision to chance—to determine his path through each day of his life, he’ll flip a coin. Whatever the coin decides, he’ll follow. But what starts out as a bit of a joke to his family, friends, and others around him becomes more serious when they realize Josh intends to keep flipping that coin. Where will it lead him? Will it help him plan his future or guide him into further trouble and despair? I really enjoyed this concept. Sometimes I think we plan too much and it causes fate to step in and mess things up, so would a coin toss be better? This is a slightly wacky, but fun and good-hearted story, with memorable characters that made me laugh occasionally. It was a good book to read in the midst of being depressed because I missed family Thanksgiving!! Bailey is a really engaging writer, and I look forward to seeing what's next for him. William Morrow Books provided me with a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review.. Thanks for making it available!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rach

    Josh decides to propose to his girlfriend on New year's Eve on the London Eye. His girlfriend breaks up with him. He loses his girlfriend, home and job in one go. Josh decides every decision he makes now will be decided by the flip of a coin. As the story goes on Josh meets a girl he nicknames Sunflower. He travels all over the Europe in search of Sunflower and will he let the coin decide for him regarding Sunflower. I found this book didn't overall grab my attention. I found parts of the book sl Josh decides to propose to his girlfriend on New year's Eve on the London Eye. His girlfriend breaks up with him. He loses his girlfriend, home and job in one go. Josh decides every decision he makes now will be decided by the flip of a coin. As the story goes on Josh meets a girl he nicknames Sunflower. He travels all over the Europe in search of Sunflower and will he let the coin decide for him regarding Sunflower. I found this book didn't overall grab my attention. I found parts of the book slow and the romance wasn't that believeable. He had only met Sunflower for a short period and decides to travel across Europe to find her, the way it was told didn't work for me. Also Josh as the main POV I found wasn't strong enough to carry the book. Overall it is a light-hearted read with a bit of humour but I found it didn't work for me. I received a ARC from Netgalley and Penguin Michael Joseph UK for an objection review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Josh is suffering from a quarter-life crisis. He's just broke up with his girlfriend, lost his job and moved back in with his parents. Josh starts questioning all his life choices. Maybe he'd be better if he just tossed a coin. After all, careful planning has made him homeless, jobless and single. After all he doesn't have anything to loose. I liked that this was told from a male's perspective. It's heartwarming and filled with humor. It's also quick and easy to read. Josh is a likeable character Josh is suffering from a quarter-life crisis. He's just broke up with his girlfriend, lost his job and moved back in with his parents. Josh starts questioning all his life choices. Maybe he'd be better if he just tossed a coin. After all, careful planning has made him homeless, jobless and single. After all he doesn't have anything to loose. I liked that this was told from a male's perspective. It's heartwarming and filled with humor. It's also quick and easy to read. Josh is a likeable character as were his constant companions, Jessie and Jake. I cant imagine myself flipping a coin to make all the decisions in my life but it worked in the book. This is a really good debut novel. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #PenguinUK #MichaelJoseph and the author #JamesBailey for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Josh is suffering from a quarter-life crisis. He's just broke up with his girlfriend, lost his job and moved back in with his parents. Josh starts questioning all his life choices. Maybe he'd be better off if he just tossed a coin. After all, careful planning has made him homeless, jobless and single. After all, he doesn't have anything to loose. I liked that this was told from a male's perspective. It's heartwarming and filled with humor. It's also quick and easy to read. Josh is a likeable cha Josh is suffering from a quarter-life crisis. He's just broke up with his girlfriend, lost his job and moved back in with his parents. Josh starts questioning all his life choices. Maybe he'd be better off if he just tossed a coin. After all, careful planning has made him homeless, jobless and single. After all, he doesn't have anything to loose. I liked that this was told from a male's perspective. It's heartwarming and filled with humor. It's also quick and easy to read. Josh is a likeable character as were his constant companions, Jessie and Jake. I can't imagine myself flipping a coin to make all the decisions in my life but it worked in the book. This is a really good debut novel. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #PenguinUK #MichaelJoseph and the author #JamesBailey for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hilda

    “I guess I just feel I’ve clearly not made the best decisions so far, so why not let fate guide me for a bit? Maybe the coin might actually be able to help me find myself, and love. What have I got to lose?” I really enjoyed this hilarious story about finding yourself with the help of a coin, your best friends, and supportive family. Josh didn’t need that coin as much as he thinks he did. He had the best people around him. People who loved him and wanted him to succeed. I loved the side character “I guess I just feel I’ve clearly not made the best decisions so far, so why not let fate guide me for a bit? Maybe the coin might actually be able to help me find myself, and love. What have I got to lose?” I really enjoyed this hilarious story about finding yourself with the help of a coin, your best friends, and supportive family. Josh didn’t need that coin as much as he thinks he did. He had the best people around him. People who loved him and wanted him to succeed. I loved the side characters so much. I just loved this wholesome story. It was full of ups and downs but also life. It was so beautiful. I also really liked how the ex, Jade, comes back into the story. I hate not knowing what happens to the ex. I want them to get what’s coming to them. I hold grudges and I want know what happens to the cheating exes. I feel like the conflict was resolved in this book and that makes me ridiculous happy. Josh and Lucy also made me ridiculously happy. Their love was everything. If you want a clean, funny, romance this is the book for you. It was so enjoyable and uplifting. It’s the perfect summer read or weekend getaway read. Traveling read! Is that thing? If it isn’t it should be. There was not only talk about traveling but actual traveling in the book and it gave me so much wanderlust. Quick info about me. I love to travel. I wish I had more money to travel more often and for this pandemic to go away. This book made me want to travel and I’ve been to some of these places so gahhhh. I’ve been to Amsterdam and Munich. Walked around in the city. I’ve been to both Philadelphia and Tokyo on layovers. I know it sounds lame but I had all the ramen I could eat at the Tokyo airport and it was delicious! I want to go and actually visit the country next time. The story also talks about Paris and Greece which I want to visit. I want to go everywhere this book talked about. I want to visit all the bookstores Joshua visited in these countries looking for Lucy. I already visit every bookstore I can. This book made me want to travel so much. It was so fluffy and fun.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    3.5 out of 5 Stars. I had no idea of this book's existence, despite being a big fan of the 'rom-com' genre, a couple of weeks later after this book's release date I came across to it in a bookstore. The cover screamed that it's a chick-lit/rom-com so I decided to read the premise. The reason why I got invested in reading this book was: 1) It's a rom-com written by a man, which I rarely stumble on. 2) It's from only a guy's percpective, which to me is very refreshing (naturally, cuz it's also writ 3.5 out of 5 Stars. I had no idea of this book's existence, despite being a big fan of the 'rom-com' genre, a couple of weeks later after this book's release date I came across to it in a bookstore. The cover screamed that it's a chick-lit/rom-com so I decided to read the premise. The reason why I got invested in reading this book was: 1) It's a rom-com written by a man, which I rarely stumble on. 2) It's from only a guy's percpective, which to me is very refreshing (naturally, cuz it's also written by a man), but I can literally count only on one hand how many books I read from a guy's pov (and all of them those were from dual pov's). 3) Lastly, the cover seemed like I would enjoy the book. My overall thoughts: I liked this book quite a lot actually. It was fun, easy plotline, likeable characters, fast-paced and I'm not kidding, but I laughed OUT LOUD a few times, and not only just smiled. Sure, it's typical and cliché, but very fun to read. I mean, if they're not cliché are they even considered a rom-com?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    A lighthearted, fairly entertaining, quick read that didn't quite pull off the rom or the com that it's billed as. The comedy was definitely a miss for me and the romance didn't really kick in until half way through the story. The premise of the story definitely interested me, and I was looking forward to reading from a man's point of view (which you don't often get in this genre). Unfortunately I feel like the story was trying to do too much and never really executed any of those well. A romance A lighthearted, fairly entertaining, quick read that didn't quite pull off the rom or the com that it's billed as. The comedy was definitely a miss for me and the romance didn't really kick in until half way through the story. The premise of the story definitely interested me, and I was looking forward to reading from a man's point of view (which you don't often get in this genre). Unfortunately I feel like the story was trying to do too much and never really executed any of those well. A romance that didn't happen until the latter half of the book, and even then we never really got to know the love interest. A comedy that seemed to be based around a 'down on their luck' story, but all we got was a whiny 29 year old man who sounded and acted like a teenager. A mid life crisis, find yourself book that saw no character growth and who took his friends and family for granted. A fun travel story that didn't take advantage of the various European cities he visits to enhance the story. No real mention about the culture, food, people etc Overall the story just fell flat for me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher / author for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    hamna

    dnf @ idk i couldn't be bothered to check. this is the (first and) last time i ever read a book by a (white) man, for reasons such as: 1) they don't actually know how to write. 2) cute animated covers won't hide what a shitfest your plotline is. 3) 28 year old white men continuously whining and whining and refusing to take responsibility....not cute. maybe your 2/3/4-year-old girlfriend dumped you because you still have the mentality of a 12-year-old dumbass with no life navigation skills. not ev dnf @ idk i couldn't be bothered to check. this is the (first and) last time i ever read a book by a (white) man, for reasons such as: 1) they don't actually know how to write. 2) cute animated covers won't hide what a shitfest your plotline is. 3) 28 year old white men continuously whining and whining and refusing to take responsibility....not cute. maybe your 2/3/4-year-old girlfriend dumped you because you still have the mentality of a 12-year-old dumbass with no life navigation skills. not even a little bit. maybe if the book ended with him getting hit by a truck and spontaneously dy*ng, i might have forgiven the preluding 300 pages. but it didn't, so here we are!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophie's Reading Corner

    4.5 STARS Josh is a 28 year old guy who proposed on New Year's Eve to his girlfriend and she rejected him. Not only that, but they break up and walk their seperate ways. Since Josh was working at her family business and he was living at her place, he ends up unemployed and homeless. Since he's on this tough road he decides to make decisions for the rest of the year based on a coin he tosses. This current situation, plus his coin decisions will definitely affect his life and the route it's going 4.5 STARS Josh is a 28 year old guy who proposed on New Year's Eve to his girlfriend and she rejected him. Not only that, but they break up and walk their seperate ways. Since Josh was working at her family business and he was living at her place, he ends up unemployed and homeless. Since he's on this tough road he decides to make decisions for the rest of the year based on a coin he tosses. This current situation, plus his coin decisions will definitely affect his life and the route it's going to take. At first his story sounds very typical and maybe common, but as it progresses we face very unique situations and the scenes are hilarious! I found some things over the top, like his parents and their unique characteristics that kept going until the very last pages of the book. I felt like they were fun at first, but at some point that we had gotten the drill, I wished that it would tone it down. However, this was such a pleasant story. The secondary characters and their sennanigans were a blast, the dialogues were amusing and the romance was adorable as well. To be honest, it surprised me, because I didn't see it coming. For some reason, I thought it would walk on another way, so I was pleasantly surprised, when it didn't. I loved Josh and his adventures, his crazy family and his best friends who stood by him whenever he needed them. Definitely recommend this one. You will smile, you will laugh, you will feel all kinds of emotions. Such a cute read that it left a smile on my face in the end. ARC was provided through Netgalley from the publishing house in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Would you let the flip of a coin make all your decisions for a whole year? One flip, heads or tails, one choice or another… That’s the premise for James’ debut novel The Flip Side which follows Josh and his fate-deciding fifty pence. After proposing to his girlfriend and being brutally rejected, Josh finds a fifty pence and decides to bestow upon it the power to make all of his decisions; because all the ones he’s made alone have ended terribly. What follows is the story of Josh, his fifty pence, Would you let the flip of a coin make all your decisions for a whole year? One flip, heads or tails, one choice or another… That’s the premise for James’ debut novel The Flip Side which follows Josh and his fate-deciding fifty pence. After proposing to his girlfriend and being brutally rejected, Josh finds a fifty pence and decides to bestow upon it the power to make all of his decisions; because all the ones he’s made alone have ended terribly. What follows is the story of Josh, his fifty pence, a girl, Van Gogh’s sunflowers, pigeons, and a road trip with Jesus. For a debut novel this is a blinder. James’ humour is present from the first page to last and the pages are alive with the wonderfully drawn characters. The protagonist, Josh, is funny, instantly likeable and I was rooting for him from the beginning. The situations he finds himself in after flipping the coin are hilarious and, at times, very moving. There’s a lovely balance between the genuine laugh-out-loud humour and serious, heart-warming scenes. I devoured this book in a few hours and couldn’t put it down, it was compelling, paced perfectly and had a cast of characters I became hugely invested in. It is really refreshing to read a genuinely funny and warm romantic novel that is told from the point of view of a male character. It’s been a long while since I’ve read one of those! The book is infused with such astute and witty observations, situations and characterisations that make the whole book so brilliant. The Flip Side is a laugh-out-loud, heart-warming romantic comedy that will leave you pondering whether you could ever leave fate up to the flip of a coin…

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janae

    This was quite a fun situation in that we had a male author write a male POV contemporary romance. This was definitely a first for me. The story was original and had potential to be great. However I felt the pace was extremely slow. I was itching for a bit more connection from the main character Josh. He just was so mopey, within reason he was just dumped. I was just hoping it would pick up a tad faster. A bright note was watching the traveling unfold. As an English speaker living in Europe I was This was quite a fun situation in that we had a male author write a male POV contemporary romance. This was definitely a first for me. The story was original and had potential to be great. However I felt the pace was extremely slow. I was itching for a bit more connection from the main character Josh. He just was so mopey, within reason he was just dumped. I was just hoping it would pick up a tad faster. A bright note was watching the traveling unfold. As an English speaker living in Europe I was LOVING that part of the story. I often opened up my Google maps app and added places to visit when I am able. Overall, I did enjoy the story. I would have loved a faster pace and a bit more in the romance area. Thank you William Morrow and Netgalley for the arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    anna ✩

    2.5 stars! I really wanted to like this and be completely swooned off my feet but honestly it just wasn't for me, there was something that felt off all throughout. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Josh has just broken up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job and his house and his now forced to move back in with his parents and try to reinvent himself and figure his life out. In the midst of his chaotic life, Josh decides 2.5 stars! I really wanted to like this and be completely swooned off my feet but honestly it just wasn't for me, there was something that felt off all throughout. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Josh has just broken up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job and his house and his now forced to move back in with his parents and try to reinvent himself and figure his life out. In the midst of his chaotic life, Josh decides that he will leave the next year of his life up to fate and will make every decision with the flip of a coin. In theory, this book had everything to succeed. A romantic comedy style, intriguing premise and what seem to be interesting characters. It was did quite funny and entertaining at times, however there were certain things I just couldn't look past. The main thing that "ruined" this book for me was the fact that the whole second half of it is based on Josh finding what he believe is the "love of his life". Now, I'm all for romance. In fact, I absolutely love romance and will always fight to have romance in a story, but this story just wasn't romantic at all. The whole "romance" plot line is based on Josh being head over heels with this perfect girl whom he only met once and had about a 15 minute conversation with. After that, he is lost to his love for her and will stop at nothing to find her. That includes travelling to several countries across Europe to try to figure out where she is working and see her one more time. This whole plot line just didn't sit right with me, I found it creepy. Perhaps if the characters had had a more deeper connection being shown I would've felt differently about it but as it stands I didn't see how Josh was so completely in love with this girl after meeting her once that he would travel Europe to track her down. Also, again, slightly creepy and stalker-y, not at all a great romantic gesture in my eyes. I can definitely see why people would absolutely love this book though. It is well written and fast paced, there are a lot of interesting passages about art and also some really funny moments. Overall I just feel this wasn't a story for me but it could absolutely be a great story for someone else!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cat Duffy

    This one was a miss for me. The concept is great -- boy gets his heart dashed, loses his job and his apartment, and after hitting rock bottom due to his own poor decision making decides to leave it up to fate and make all of his decisions via coin flip. And the writing is often very witty and engaging. The problem is that the protagonist -- the coin flipping Josh -- is incredibly hard to root for through out the book. He doesn't progress or evolve at all during the book, which makes for a unsati This one was a miss for me. The concept is great -- boy gets his heart dashed, loses his job and his apartment, and after hitting rock bottom due to his own poor decision making decides to leave it up to fate and make all of his decisions via coin flip. And the writing is often very witty and engaging. The problem is that the protagonist -- the coin flipping Josh -- is incredibly hard to root for through out the book. He doesn't progress or evolve at all during the book, which makes for a unsatisfying read. The book relies on the 'instant love' trope but Josh and his love interest have no basis for having such a strong connection off the bat. Great idea but it needed a narrative arc of self improvement to ground the hi-jinx that is sorely missing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Milena

    3.5 stars The Flip Side by James Bailey is an entertaining rom-com about a man who, for a whole year, makes all his important decisions with a flip of a coin. After being rejected by his girlfriend while he proposed to her on the London Eye, losing his job and a place to live, Josh is afraid that he is unable to make any good decisions by himself. He decides to let a coin to make his decisions for him. Maybe it will lead him to a better life and a new love. After a few disastrous dates, Josh fina 3.5 stars The Flip Side by James Bailey is an entertaining rom-com about a man who, for a whole year, makes all his important decisions with a flip of a coin. After being rejected by his girlfriend while he proposed to her on the London Eye, losing his job and a place to live, Josh is afraid that he is unable to make any good decisions by himself. He decides to let a coin to make his decisions for him. Maybe it will lead him to a better life and a new love. After a few disastrous dates, Josh finally meets a girl who could be the one, but will the coin help him or hinder his chances? I thoroughly enjoyed The Flip Side. The book was lighthearted and funny. I didn't love Josh's character at first, but he grew on me in the second half of the book. If you are looking for a rom-com with a British brand of humor, you will enjoy The Flip Side. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    The flip side by James Bailey was such a fun and great story to read. I enjoyed the writing, the characters and the overall life experience of Josh with his turning point in life when the decisions he has to take aren’t quite the best thing he ever has done in his life. I loved the banter and how reliable the situations are, how sometimes he left a downhill moment to take over his life and how the author has managed to show both sides of the coin with the good and bad things that can come from t The flip side by James Bailey was such a fun and great story to read. I enjoyed the writing, the characters and the overall life experience of Josh with his turning point in life when the decisions he has to take aren’t quite the best thing he ever has done in his life. I loved the banter and how reliable the situations are, how sometimes he left a downhill moment to take over his life and how the author has managed to show both sides of the coin with the good and bad things that can come from that fear of taking each chapter as it comes. I highly recommend this book and it’s just perfect for the long summer nights.

  19. 4 out of 5

    E.J. (hauntedburgerplant)

    After a marriage proposal that couldn't have gone any worse, protagonist Josh decides to leave all decisions over the following year to chance by flipping a coin. We follow Josh's life over the year as he navigates his friendships, family relationships and healing heart. I enjoyed reading a romcom from a man's point of view, which feels like a rarity. I was also pleased to read a British book that wasn't set entirely in London. The bits of the book that worked best for me were the little silly mo After a marriage proposal that couldn't have gone any worse, protagonist Josh decides to leave all decisions over the following year to chance by flipping a coin. We follow Josh's life over the year as he navigates his friendships, family relationships and healing heart. I enjoyed reading a romcom from a man's point of view, which feels like a rarity. I was also pleased to read a British book that wasn't set entirely in London. The bits of the book that worked best for me were the little silly moments that felt relatable, like when Josh smashes his knees on the underside of a table while standing up to greet a woman who turns out to not be his blind date. Unfortunately, as a whole, the book did not work for me. I don't think the protagonist Josh had a strong enough voice to carry the novel, and the conflict that threatened to tear apart the developing relationship was too flimsy for me. There was also a lot of repetition in terms of the quips made and the internal sardonic musings. And a lack of an internal monologue to guide readers through the story and what Josh was thinking and feeling. Often it was hard to know whether the author was setting things up to have a pay-off later or if it was just a one-off moment to show how awkward and British the protagonist is. An example being when Josh spilled red sauce on his shirt before going on TV, which resulted in... nothing. Also, there was no internal narration explaining Josh's reason for trying to hide the stain and not changing into one of the other shirts he brought. It could have easily been explained away had the narration included something like, 'The death glare I got from the wardrobe woman earlier makes me question whether I'd rather get caught in a shirt with a stain or in a shirt she didn't pick.' (I can't see any production allowing anything other than water in the wardrobe department anyway.) There was quite a bit of clumsy writing that made me wonder why an editor didn't pick up on it, though perhaps I didn't read the final draft and am being overly harsh. Some examples: 1. There's one scene at a fancy dress party where everyone's come as London Tube stops. Josh is talking to someone and says: 'Yes, that's not too hard when that guy's carrying a can of beer and has got a dildo on his head, dressed as Cockfosters.' This is weird and unrealistic dialogue and is clearly included only for the joke. But if it had been written this way, it could have done more: 'Yes, that's not too hard when you're competing with Cockfosters,' I say, nodding at a guy with a dildo on his head and carrying a can of beer. 2. One part in the book went: Yes, I think I saw. Congratulations,' I say, falling asleep listening to her. That is a weird way to phrase it. Instead it could have been something like: Yes, I think I saw,' I manage to wake myself up enough to say. 'Congratulations.' And lastly, this isn't necessarily bad, but I wondered why the protagonist's mum didn't support her son's coin flipping. She was into horoscopes and other woo-woo stuff, and I'd have expected her to support her son following fate? Her support would have added extra conflict within the protagonist because he would then have to grapple with the fact that he was going along with something his mum believed in. All in all, I would recommend this book to those who are avid romcom readers. If you dip in and out of the genre like I do, I'd say give this one a miss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diamond

    First of all , thanks to NetGalley, The Publishers and The Author for providing me with ARC! When I read the description, I thought "well ,that sounds interesting" and I wasn't wrong. The first half of the book was a bit slow-paced and the events were just so repetitive. But the rest was really hopeful and more positive. I am glad that everything turned out good in the end. After all, we all face ups and downs in life. First of all , thanks to NetGalley, The Publishers and The Author for providing me with ARC! When I read the description, I thought "well ,that sounds interesting" and I wasn't wrong. The first half of the book was a bit slow-paced and the events were just so repetitive. But the rest was really hopeful and more positive. I am glad that everything turned out good in the end. After all, we all face ups and downs in life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    A romp of a novel set across EUROPE The Flip Side is very entertaining read, perhaps a little in the style of Nick Hornby. It is no great intellectual challenge, but it bowls along very nicely… Josh, the hero of the story, proposes to his long time girlfriend in the London Eye big wheel on New Year’s Eve. She turns him down. He also loses his job (he works for her father) and his flat (which her father owns). Happy New Year! Things can’t get worse – so he decides to leave his future to chance. He A romp of a novel set across EUROPE The Flip Side is very entertaining read, perhaps a little in the style of Nick Hornby. It is no great intellectual challenge, but it bowls along very nicely… Josh, the hero of the story, proposes to his long time girlfriend in the London Eye big wheel on New Year’s Eve. She turns him down. He also loses his job (he works for her father) and his flat (which her father owns). Happy New Year! Things can’t get worse – so he decides to leave his future to chance. He will toss a coin for every decision over the next year – and see where life takes him. It takes him right across Europe. He is watching a friend run the London marathon when he encounters someone in the crowd outside the National Gallery – he believes she will be the love of his life. They go in (him delayed by security and having to toss the coin to decide which is the way to follow her) on a circuitious way to see Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. She says there are in fact five of the paintings in the world, and that she lives near one of them. She also says she works in a bookshop. They get separated in the crowd outside – without exchanging names or phone numbers. It will be a hopeless task for Josh to find her again (or for her to find him…). But Josh is determined, with the help of some friends, to give it a go. They discover that the other four paintings are in Amsterdam, Munich, Philadelphia and Tokyo. Josh and his friends win a quiz show on TV and bank £1,000 between them. The others give their money to him to fund his search. He tosses the coin and sets off with a flight to Munich – just in time for Oktoberfest. He finds the painting in the gallery there, finds a couple of English language bookshops, but no sign of the girl. Next stop Amsterdam, and the Van Gogh Museum and bookshops there. But still no luck. He is about to head back to London (he can’t afford Philadelphia or Tokyo) when he hears that the Philadelphia painting is on loan to a Paris gallery. He is offered a ride there by a stranger and accepts it. He visits the Shakespeare and Company English bookshop and discovers she works there… but is not around when he visits. Will he find her, what will her reaction be, will they live happily ever after? You can possibly guess the ending, but I won’t tell you. As I said, the book is a great lighthearted romp. What is especially good in TF terms is the selection of locations Joss visits in Europe. James did a lot of research for the book and chose some cracking places to set the story – both on and off the usual tourist tracks. Three of my favourites (all of which I have visited) are the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and the amazing Cimetière du Père Lachaise (where so many famous are buried) both in Paris, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. You will enjoy The Flip Side.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    When Josh gets dumped on New Year’s Eve after proposing to his girlfriend on the London Eye, he thinks his life is over and when subsequently this means he has to move back in with his parents, he realises something has to change. Despite some initial mocking from his two best mates, Josh decides that with nothing else left to lose, he will flip a 50p coin to make any decisions for the next 12 months and the events that follow may just change his life forever. I absolutely loved The Flip Side, it When Josh gets dumped on New Year’s Eve after proposing to his girlfriend on the London Eye, he thinks his life is over and when subsequently this means he has to move back in with his parents, he realises something has to change. Despite some initial mocking from his two best mates, Josh decides that with nothing else left to lose, he will flip a 50p coin to make any decisions for the next 12 months and the events that follow may just change his life forever. I absolutely loved The Flip Side, it was a contemporary romance with heartfelt honesty and hilarious moments. As a 25 year old I found the characters were so relatable and Josh’s constant companions Jake and Jessie were the best sidekicks and their friendship was just so normal and entertaining. The storyline was a real page turner, because I always wanted to know where Josh’s coin flipping would take him and I really like the fact this character left everything down to fate, it actually had me thinking about the aspect of fate for ages after I finished this book. I’d love to be able to revisit these characters in another book, they just seem to have so much more to give and I’d love to read more from Bailey, as I really liked his writing style. For those looking for an enjoyable easy read which will make you laugh out loud, with relatable and likeable characters then this is for you. Go and read it, I’d highly recommend! Thanks so much to @michaeljbooks for the gifted digital copy of this book and also including me on the blog tour.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Thank you William Morrow for the finished copy. After a failed marriage proposal, Josh decides to spend an entire year flipping a coin for every decision he has to make. I truly enjoyed this rom com. It was funny. Not just cute rom com funny. I chuckled out loud a few times. The wit was refreshing. The plot was fun and sweet and the end was satisfying. I loved that it was set in the UK and other parts of Europe. I'm a sucker for an English set novel. I am glad that I read it in November. It had a Thank you William Morrow for the finished copy. After a failed marriage proposal, Josh decides to spend an entire year flipping a coin for every decision he has to make. I truly enjoyed this rom com. It was funny. Not just cute rom com funny. I chuckled out loud a few times. The wit was refreshing. The plot was fun and sweet and the end was satisfying. I loved that it was set in the UK and other parts of Europe. I'm a sucker for an English set novel. I am glad that I read it in November. It had a holiday feel to it. The book starts on New Year's Eve and follows a full year where it ends the following New Year's Eve. I would definitely recommend it for an end of the year read. It was lovely.

  24. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    Cute book, I would say put this at the top of your list if you want a book that reads a like a classic romcom. It was like the late 90s early 2000s rom coms, the cute and sweet moments. I was going aw gooey sweet a few times and having a chuckle at other times. Both made the book very enjoyable, and I think this would be fun to see a movie with a cute dude in the lead. I have no idea who, but I would love it to be someone cute and funny. Josh was cute and funny, but there was nothing to make him Cute book, I would say put this at the top of your list if you want a book that reads a like a classic romcom. It was like the late 90s early 2000s rom coms, the cute and sweet moments. I was going aw gooey sweet a few times and having a chuckle at other times. Both made the book very enjoyable, and I think this would be fun to see a movie with a cute dude in the lead. I have no idea who, but I would love it to be someone cute and funny. Josh was cute and funny, but there was nothing to make him stand out, I kind of forgot some details when I was done with the book. His friends were okay, but I think they could have been stronger to make them stick in my mind moreso. This was a great debut, and I know the author will only get better. Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins/William Morrow for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    DNF at 43%, I should have realised when it was described as the laugh out loud comedy of the year. Josh thinks he is living his best life, living and working with his girlfriend. Then he proposes and she says no. Suddenly his world falls apart, he's out of work and back living with his parents. Disappointed with his life choices Josh decides to live his life on the flip of a coin (like the Diceman). I think this sort of novel works better in a bigger, American setting, or maybe with a more likeabl DNF at 43%, I should have realised when it was described as the laugh out loud comedy of the year. Josh thinks he is living his best life, living and working with his girlfriend. Then he proposes and she says no. Suddenly his world falls apart, he's out of work and back living with his parents. Disappointed with his life choices Josh decides to live his life on the flip of a coin (like the Diceman). I think this sort of novel works better in a bigger, American setting, or maybe with a more likeable MC, generally Josh's decisions are things like should he go on a blind date set up by his mum, or should he go to the pub quiz, or to his ten year school reunion - nothing earth-shattering or, frankly, interesting. He's jobless, clueless and more like a 13 year old than a 28 year old man. He meets a girl randomly in the National Gallery, fails to find out anything about her and lets down his friends. I just didn't like him and didn't care whether he turned his life around. I didn't find it funny, I think it's like Marmite or Father Ted, you either love it or loathe it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    In one day, Josh lost his girlfriend, his home, and his job. Questioning his capacity to make good decisions, he decided to let the flip of a coin take the guesswork out of things. But when it came to "Sunflower Girl", would Josh trust the coin or his heart? This book started out with a savage break-up, but it was wrapped up in humor. That was pretty much how the entire book went. Josh was in such a life-limbo. He sort of lost everything and had to start again, but he was stuck. However, through In one day, Josh lost his girlfriend, his home, and his job. Questioning his capacity to make good decisions, he decided to let the flip of a coin take the guesswork out of things. But when it came to "Sunflower Girl", would Josh trust the coin or his heart? This book started out with a savage break-up, but it was wrapped up in humor. That was pretty much how the entire book went. Josh was in such a life-limbo. He sort of lost everything and had to start again, but he was stuck. However, through all his "UGH" moments, I was either smiling or laughing, because the book was very amusing. I loved the characters and all their quirks, and the antics and shenanigans often had me laughing out loud. I must admit, though, that it really picked up for me when Josh met Sunflower Girl. His search for this mystery woman was a real turning point in the story. Running all over Europe looking for her was great and all, but it was also a time of growth for Josh. These experiences and the people he encountered in his search had such an impact on him. It was satisfying to see him make some progress in his life. Josh was definitely a different man at the end of the book than he was at the start, and I enjoyed tagging along on his journey. Things I Loved! 🗺️ Traveling 🙋 Pub quiz 😊 Fantastic friends 🐰 Jeremy 👴 Pap 🤣 So much whimsy and wit 💑 Sweet romance I had a wonderful time following Josh as he tried to get his life on track. He suffered some losses, failures, and embarrassments, but he also learned a lot, had the support of family and friends, and found "the one". Chuckles and giggles abounded as I read this story which was filled with tons of humor and lots of heart which left me with a smile on my face. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  27. 5 out of 5

    Holly Marshall

    The flip side is an adorable rom-com following Josh as his proposal is rejected on New Year's Eve. This leads to a list of things going wrong in his life and this leads him to make the resolution of flipping a 50p coin to make every decision he has to make for a whole year. This leads him to some interesting places and leads him to moving on and finding new love. I thought this was an amazing concept for a book, leaving all decisions up to fate? what could lead to more chaos? I found reading fro The flip side is an adorable rom-com following Josh as his proposal is rejected on New Year's Eve. This leads to a list of things going wrong in his life and this leads him to make the resolution of flipping a 50p coin to make every decision he has to make for a whole year. This leads him to some interesting places and leads him to moving on and finding new love. I thought this was an amazing concept for a book, leaving all decisions up to fate? what could lead to more chaos? I found reading from Josh's perspective really fresh and new as I haven't read many rom-coms from the male perspective. I loved watching him travel around Europe and seeing all of the destinations he visited had me itching to get on a plane and visit some of them! I guess that will have to wait for the moment. His love interest was fun and although for most of the story we don't know much about her I was really rooting for them. I loved that this followed Josh for the whole year and we get to see how much life can change within a year. I think reading this towards the end of this year was just the perfect timing it feels very suited to this time of the year. I enjoyed all of the side characters and thought that their team quizzes were a super cute and fun element to the story. Overall I really loved this and would love to pick up more from James Bailey in the future. 4 out of 5 stars from me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    2.5 stars Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He proposed to his girlfriend on the London Eye and she says no, telling him she's been cheating on him. He loses his job and he has to move back in with his parents. He has nothing to look forward to at all. He decides that for the next year, he's going to make decisions by the flip of a coin. What harm could it do? This book wasn't half bad. We follow around Josh as his coin decides his fate. He meets a woman who he nicknames Sunflower and then 2.5 stars Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He proposed to his girlfriend on the London Eye and she says no, telling him she's been cheating on him. He loses his job and he has to move back in with his parents. He has nothing to look forward to at all. He decides that for the next year, he's going to make decisions by the flip of a coin. What harm could it do? This book wasn't half bad. We follow around Josh as his coin decides his fate. He meets a woman who he nicknames Sunflower and then later decides he needs to find her again. I don't know whether to truly find this romantic or a little creepy. I do think that he and 'Sunflower' had chemistry in their initial meet-up and it was a cute idea. This book was also slow to start and had slow moments until he decides to travel around Europe to look for the woman of his dreams. He gets into sticky situations and it reads a bit like a movie in your head. I don't generally read romcom books by male authors because there's usually something missing and this book is no exception. I know we're supposed to feel sorry for Josh but he comes off more whiny to me. The whole concept of this book was much better than what happened. While I enjoyed his adventure through Europe, the trip itself didn't seem well-rounded. We're focused on him almost the whole time and not learning anything super interesting about the environment around him. Essentially, the writing is decent but the character leaves a bit to be desired and the story needs more. I enjoyed big parts of the book but not enough for it to get more than 2.5 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Novel Novice

    I really wanted to like this book -- it had such a charming premise & some good comparisons. As it started, I even liked the narrative voice. But I DNF'd the digital ARC at 23%. I just couldn't keep torturing myself with the whiny white guy narrative. I don't need more whiny dude books in my life, thanks. And if this is truly a "rom-com," the romantic plotline was still missing as of 23%. I generally like to give books a bit longer to warm up for me, but I just can't with this one. I really wanted to like this book -- it had such a charming premise & some good comparisons. As it started, I even liked the narrative voice. But I DNF'd the digital ARC at 23%. I just couldn't keep torturing myself with the whiny white guy narrative. I don't need more whiny dude books in my life, thanks. And if this is truly a "rom-com," the romantic plotline was still missing as of 23%. I generally like to give books a bit longer to warm up for me, but I just can't with this one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meryl Tan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In all honesty, I wanted to like this book. Truth be told, when I read the blurb, it really caught my interest seeing as how I enjoy reading romcom books from time to time to simply lighten my mood and have a good time with the story and its characters. This however, was just not it for me. Let me explain further. First, the story has a great potential of making it into a really good one. The main character, Josh, has been turned down by his girlfriend of 2-3 years when he asked for her hand in In all honesty, I wanted to like this book. Truth be told, when I read the blurb, it really caught my interest seeing as how I enjoy reading romcom books from time to time to simply lighten my mood and have a good time with the story and its characters. This however, was just not it for me. Let me explain further. First, the story has a great potential of making it into a really good one. The main character, Josh, has been turned down by his girlfriend of 2-3 years when he asked for her hand in marriage. And so with his relationship failing, he also lost his job and his apartment. In short, he is now rock bottom. Suddenly, with all the bad things that's happened to him, an idea came into Josh that for this new year, he's decided to let fate lead his life by flipping a coin for every decision that he makes. Throughout the story, we witness Josh making decisions based on fate and the coin alone, even going on a wild goose chase around Europe to find the "girl of his dreams." In contrast to what other reviews say, I did not find the story hilarious and entertaining. It was simply disappointing, predictable, and to be honest, cringe-y at times (don't even get me started on his dates, argh.) More so, while I appreciate the main character traveling around Europe to find the girl of his dreams, I also felt like the wonderful places he visited such as Germany, Amsterdam, and Paris were not given much justice. I didn't see the point in going to these places without even mentioning their culture, people, and such. A wasted opportunity of making this into a better book, if you ask me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Secondly, this relates to my second problem with the book, which are the characters. Apologies for being too harsh, but I REALLY had a hard time trying to like or even tolerate these characters. Josh is so whiny and has absolutely no sense of responsibility, even flipping the darn coin because he can't decide which socks to wear. I find him petty, shallow, and insensitive. He takes his friends for granted that I can't (for the life of me) understand how they can see Josh as the "deserving one" to get all the prize money for the Television Game they won first place in that, mind you, Josh didn't even contribute much in. And for what? You guessed that right! To pay for his expenses in travelling around Europe to find this girl he has ZERO idea about, not even her name. Seriously, please don't tell me you're not laughing at this! Anyway, his friends Jessie and Jake are impossibly too nice and too understanding that I find it pretty hard to believe anyone could be THAT nice after seeing your friend make some really dumb decisions in their life (no offence). Still, I kept on reading the book thinking that "hey, maybe Josh would eventually grow up and grow some balls too" but NOOOOO. By the time I reached the end of the book, I didn't see the character development I was expecting from him. In the end, he is still the same 29 year old whiny and irresponsible guy which I hate. The only character I probably liked in this book was Josh's granddad which he calls Pap - a secondary character at that. Overall, the story fell flat for me and there was no character development. I wanted to say more about this book but I don't want to be overly harsh. I would recommend this however, to those who are looking for a light and easy read.

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