Friday, May 22, 2009

Book Review- Holly's Inbox

I just finished reading Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham.

Holly’s Inbox ▪ Bill Surie aka Holly Denham ▪ ISBN: 9781402219030 ▪ Fiction ▪ Trade Paperback $14.99 US ▪ June 2009

From the back cover:

It's Holly Denham's first day as a receptionist at a busy London corporate bank and, frankly, she can't quite keep up.

Take a peek at her email and you'll see why: what with her crazy friends, dysfunctional family, and gossipy co-workers, Holly's inbox is a daily source of drama. Laughter, friendship, and romantic interludes keep her going, until one day, Holly's secret past begins to catch up with her...

Written entirely in emails, this compulsively readeable UK smash hit will keep you laughing and turning the pages all the way to its surprising and deeply satisfying end.

When I first saw this 650 page book, I thought "oh boy, this is gonna take a while to read, especially with how long its been taking me to read books lately." But I was wrong--really wrong! I read 400 pages the first time I sat down and opened it. Not only is it quick to read because its written in email format, but because its also so entertaining! I found myself laughing at alot of things in the emails. I think maybe I partly enjoyed it so much because I a pretty nosy person and have to admit that there are a few people's emails I would love to read. I could identify with Holly and her friends (in fact, I have some friends that are just like Trisha, Jason and Aisha!) I want to read more--I hope there is a sequel!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

This book fullfills items in the following challenge:
Chick-Lit Challenge: 9

Thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks for providing the copy for review and for setting up the guest blog.

Holly Denham is the pen name for Bill Surie, the owner of a placement service for receptionists and secretaries in London, a direct inspiration for Holly’s Inbox. He started the Holly's Inbox website ( as a place to serialize his first novel, which received 90,000 visitors at its peak in 2007. When the virtual sensation was made into a book, it received incredible praise, including from bestselling UK author, Jill Mansell: “Funny, captivating, and completely addictive!”

Praise for Holly’s Inbox

On the incredible book:

[T]he story becomes more engrossing as fresh details come to light... explores a new format with compelling results. Booklist

Every tid bit of the book is JUICY and fun! A Novel Menagerie

[Ms. Denham] creates a warm, comedic heroine who slowly grows a backbone. There's a marvelous twist at the end... The Romantic Times Book Review

I am sure that this book will be compared to Bridget Jones’s Diary, but needs to be read and considered in its own right… I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy it. ChickLit Romance

"Receptionist Holly Denham is content with her life, but when the entire city starts gossiping about her, she finds out not everyone has been completely honest. Hilariously funny, this novel - in the form of easy to read emails - is a real page-turner!!!" OK Magazine (UK), 4 Stars
“The contents of Holly's inbox are once again laid bare for us to have another good gawp at...Very funny. 4 stars” CLOSER (UK Magazine)

“More compulsive reading from the internet phenomenon of last year. 4 Stars” LOOK (Britain's' best selling fashion weekly)

“It feels a bit like you're prying into someone's diary when you read it, but it's so compulsive, you just have to carry on.” LOVE IT! (UK Magazine)

“Funny captivating and completely addictive!” says Bestselling UK women’s lit author Jill Mansell

“Hilarious and heart-warming.” Capital FM (London's biggest radio station)

“Compulsive…” Heat Magazine, 4 Stars

On the addictive Website:

The BBC SAYS “The internet’s FIRST email soap opera!” “ Compulsive…”

The Guardian calls it - “Genius”

“Website of the day!”

“...Be warned though, once you start reading it's addictive and you'll be checking it as compulsively as your own emails...”

“...a comic insight into the mind of a modern working girl...”

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for my review you fabulous bookworm you!
    Seriously - much thanks and best wishes