As I mention in my last blog post, I have been reading a lot more during lockdown and loving it! Therefore, I thought it was only fitting to follow that with a book review on one of the books I’ve read in the last couple of months. Which brings me to writing this book review. Something you may need to know about me is that I can read books A LOT faster than I can read them! I specifically have a habit of looking at books in charity shops and buying them based on their cover or just because I’ve read the blurb and decided I would probably enjoy it. If I’m honest, I’m much more likely to pick up a book from a charity shop that I wouldn’t normally buy so easily if it was in a bookstore, because let’s face it, books in charity shops are usually only around 50p or £1 per book, sometimes even less. So I feel like if I buy the book and don’t enjoy it, I don’t feel like I’ve lost too much! This is exactly what happened with the book I am reviewing today. It’s a book I picked up randomly in a charity shop a good couple of years ago and thought ‘That looks and sounds like the kind of thing I’ll enjoy, it’s only 50p, why not? I’m buying it!’.
As you can tell from the title of this blog post, the book I’m reviewing is The WAG’s Diary by Alison Kervin. This is a book that I have never seen being talked about on social media such a blogs or on Youtube, which is why I wanted to do a review on this book in particular. Now that could be due to the fact it was published back in 2007, so maybe back then it was a popular release, who knows?! But I don’t tend to look at when books have been published when I pick them up, I don’t often read many new released, as I said earlier I just pick up a book if I think it sounds interesting! So here is my review, I’ll include the synopsis of the book, in my own words, as well as my opinions and the star rating I gave the book. Now all that rambling is out of the way (I do that a lot, I’m sorry!), here is my first ever book review on this blog!
The WAG’s Diary by Alison Kervin is a contemporary/chick-lit book. It is based on a footballer’s wife .a.k.a. a WAG, named Tracie. She lives with her husband Luke, who is captain for Luton, and her daughter Paskia Rose. Tracie has very specific things in mind that she thinks a girl/woman should do, or rules they should follow, if they wish to be a good and successful WAG. Therefore, she decides to write a book so that she can pass on her WAG knowledge onto aspiring and current WAGs. Tracie’s life is very eventful, and this diary-style book, which is written from Tracie’s perspective, follows Tracie’s life as a WAG and her writing the book for WAGs.
As I just mentioned, this book is written in diary form, which meant it already had plus points for me. I would say at least half of the books that I own are written in that form, and therefore, I enjoy these kind of books. I find them very easily to follow, therefore I can focus more on the actual content/storyline, rather than worrying about whose perspective the story at that time is from, making it a very easy read.
Despite the style this book was written in, I did find it hard to get into this book at first. The most obvious reason is that I didn’t relate to the main topic of the book, which was being a WAG (I’m far from being a WAG!). The other reason was that I was not a fan of Tracie at all. I thought her character was very shallow minded, due to her thoughts and opinions on particular things, and I just found her really annoying. However, as I persisted with this book I ended up really getting into it and I really enjoyed it!
Tracie got a lot less annoying throughout the book. You begin to slowly find out why Tracie is the way she is, I actually began to feel sorry for her and the more I found out about her, the more I grew to find her character rather likeable. The book also had a couple of turns that I wasn’t expecting, which is always good, as I find with ‘chick-lit’ books, they are usually very predictable, which I don’t dislike. It was just a nice surprise to have those unpredictable turns of events within the book.
Overall, this book was funny and a light-hearted, easy read. It gave me such a ‘Bridget Jones’ vibe! So if you like those books, or the films, then I reckon you’ll really enjoy this book too. Despite my views at the beginning of this book, the ending actually left me wanting more! So as you can imagine, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that this book is the first within a series, the second book of the series was added to my TBR list immediately!
My star rating:
Based on my overall opinion of the book. I ended up giving this book 4 STARS on Goodreads. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because I didn’t find it easy to get into at the start of the book, but if that hadn’t been the case, then it definitely would have easily been a 5 star read for me! So if you love ‘chick-lit’ books, I would definitely recommend that you read this, I would love to see more people reading it despite how long ago it was published.
Have you read this book before? Do you enjoy reading ‘chick-lit’ books? Let me know in the comments if reading this blog post has made you want to read this book, and if you read it or have read it let me know your opinions on this book! Also, if you have any book recommendations for me within in this genre let me know in the comments too, I’m always look for more contemporary/chick-lit books to read!
Thank you so much for reading! Until next time…