Titel: The Education of Ivy Edwards
Author: Hannah Tovey
Publisher: Piatkus Publishing
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my personal opinion of the book and my thoughts and opinions listed below are 100% my own.
Ivy Edwards is thirty-one years old, funny, shameless, and a bit of a romantic. She’s also currently trying not to cry in the office toilet.
Partly because she’s just run out of money for fags. A bit because her mum continues to annoy her. Definitely not because she’s just been dumped by her fiancé.
With her London life in shambles and her family miles away in the Welsh valleys, Ivy doesn’t actually feel like she belongs anywhere.
At least, she has her friends – and a bottle of vodka.
Embarking on a journey of singlehood, Ivy is about to discover that sometimes, having your life fall apart can be surprisingly fun.
Sometimes, heartbreak can be the best education . . .
A debut novel that hits you deeper than expected.
I’d best start off by saying that this book contains a lot of drug and alcohol use.
A fair warning and it took me a little by surprise how casual it all was, especially the drugs, but maybe that’s just because I’ve never dabbled in such things so I wouldn’t know how “common” it’d be in some environments. But it’s there, along with endless bottles of wine and vodka.
Wedding preparations are suddenly switched out with daily drinking when Ivy suddenly finds herself a single woman. Navigating the dating scene with a broken heart is not the easiest thing and can lead to some rather hilarious situations that our heartbroken heroine, Ivy finds herself in.
Tovey did a good job at blending fun and seemingly carefreeness with heavier themes such as depression, drinking and substance abuse and how they, making you think you’re in control, but everyone around you can see that you’re spiralling.
But moving on from that not-so-fun part, The Education of Ivy Edwards is an entertaining read that doesn’t take too long to finish and stays very realistic, which probably makes everything feel a little more closer to home than if the storyline had been over-the-top. You connect with Ivy and want her to see what she’s doing to herself and you’re rooting for her to wake up and finally take care of herself and her life.
Throughout the book there is a great balance of friends and family relationships and it makes you want to go and hug your own when you finish the book.
Overall this book was fun, entertaining and a little hard-hitting when it comes to life decisions and knowing when you need to move on and learn from your mistakes.
Once again, big thanks to Hannah Tovey for sending me a copy of her debut novel. I definitely look forward to see what else she comes up with.