“Olivia and Daniel certainly aren’t talking the language of love …
Olivia has been in love with Daniel forever but, despite her best efforts, they’ve never been able to get it together. Their relationship has always been a series of mixed messages and misunderstandings and the final straw comes when Daniel mysteriously starts dating her flatmate, Emily. Hurt and confused, Olivia resolves to forget her heartache with a spot of speed dating. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
One crazy stalker later and Olivia’s life is becoming increasingly strange and scary. Can she rely on Daniel to step in when events take a terrifying turn or will their communication breakdown ultimately result in tragedy? “
“Talk to me” is a stunning début. Jules Wake taps into the Zeitgeist of the moment and delivers a novel that is contemporary and heart warming. It has the camaraderie and fashion sense of Sex in the City, but has the unique pulse of London.
“Talk to me” feels like it is fresh out from the pages of Hello magazine with it’s references to latest fashion trends. I have to admit, I am a bit of a fashion philistine and I didn’t know what a Manolo Blanik was before; but now I feel educated.
Jules Wake creates memorable characters that often say the most laugh out loud things- things I wish I would be able to say. Emily is the flatmate and not such a nice girl. Daniel is lovely, if not a bit misguided and Kate provides some antipodean charms.
Olivia and Daniel have problems getting past the starting gate. Daniel starts to date Olivia Flatmate and that starts a whole series of events that make you wonder if they will ever come to their senses.
Although there are many soap opera reference and mentions of various cosmetics, there is more depth to it. There are some real consequence to Olivia’s speed dating disaster and how easily it is for something that seems innocent at the time to turn life threatening.
Jules Wake’s “Talk to me” is the next wave in chick lit – it is a brilliant novel that is funny, clever and romantic. Not since Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding, has there been such a coup d’etat for the genre. If you can only take one book with you on holiday this year- then this is that book.