- File Size: 1799 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperImpulse (October 23, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2014
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MT9E4TS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,110,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Temp Kindle Edition
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Top customer reviews
The plot is simple and easy to follow with no real surprises. I can understand why this story is popular on Wattpad it would be better read as a serial than a novel. The pacing in the middle sections is too slow for me. That said it is full of satirical humour and light romance and definitely worth a read.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Did I like this book?
This book was a lot of fun, and while it wasn't without its problems, overall I quite enjoyed it. The premise was interesting, the plot moved along at a decent pace, and I loved the setting of downtown London. There were many times I found myself giggling at Amber and her antics - she definitely got into some tight spots!
But, although the characters were unique and oftentimes hilarious, I felt that they needed more depth. I lacked any sort of connection with them, and it could have something to do with the fact that the book was written entirely from Amber's point of view. While Amber is frequently amusing and constantly getting into mischief, she's also very flaky and irresponsible, not to mention self absorbed. I would have loved to know more about her thee friends and what made them tick, but it was all just speculation on Amber's part.
Will you like this book?
This book reminds me a bit of "Bridget Jones's Diary", so if you enjoy that style of writing and humour, I think you'll probably enjoy "The Temp".
Will I read more by this author?
I think Emily Benet has tremendous potential and I will surely be interested in future books by her!
My rating: 3.5 stars!
Contrary to what the title would let you think, The Temp is not about a girl being a temp - at least that's not what the book shows us - but it's about a girl who's bored of her life and, for a little white lie told to a handsome stranger, she decides to become an artist. As I said I didn't get Amber that much; she has no real motivation for her actions if not trying to prove something to a stranger, and she's very self-centered. I didn't get the impression she was a good friend to Egg or Farrell since, most often than not, she wasn't even listening to them! Moreover, Amber's revelation about her feelings for Farrell felt a little sudden: she doesn't try to understand or explain these new feelings she has for him, she just suddenly knows - thanks to a kiss and a dream - that she always loved Farrel more than a friend. I can't say that I knew it too!
Taken as a whole, The Temp is an enjoyable story but there are some aspects I didn't like that much, mostly Amber's indecisiveness! Still, I'd like to thank the author for the chance of reading her book through NetGalley and I hope she appreciates my honest opinion.
It has been a while since I laughed out loud this much while reading a book! There was excitement, surprise, anger, heartbreak, and love.. What could be better? It has the right ratio of everything. Definitely worth reading. I don't see this as a romance-only story! Yes, the romance is there, but I love this whole "finding your true calling" and "finding yourself" angle.
We are first introduced to Amber Thompson, a twenty-something year old who is going through the "what do I want to do with my life" phase most of us are hit with after graduation, until she comes across some bananas that put her on an adventure. I loved Amber, she is very relatable, and has a great sense of humor.
Amber has a best friend, Farrell, who is ridiculously wonderful.. I've totally fallen in love with him! She also has a quirky (and a little strange) flatmate/friend, Egbert (Egg!) who is quite unique. Her friend Bibiana (I still don't feel a 100% about her) is also in the picture.. last but not least, Elliot, her I'll-transport-you-into-a-BBC-period-costume-drama love interest.
I can't recommend this book enough. It is definitely a favourite!
The book had its iffy parts, where I found the romance lacking slightly and it had a slow start, but if you bear with it you’ll find it gets better, I promise! The further into the novel the better it gets. I can’t deny that I enjoyed the book. It was creative in the way it was written, and that’s what kept me reading the most. I loved Amber’s quirky thoughts, and everything about her really.
I feel like there isn't much to say for this book, I'd recommend reading it for yourself. Even if you're not a massive fan of humour, give it a go. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
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