I am going to say at the start of this that I often find Lindsey Kelk books to be a bit like Marmite – I either love them ( The Single Girls To Do List) or find them to be a bit ‘blah’ ( About A Girl springs to mind), but I really like Lindsey Kelk – I follow her on social media and I love how warm and bubbly she comes across and how she shows ‘real life’ , so as I like Lindsey whenever she brings out a new book I can’t help but want to read it.
So, this is the latest offering, “One In A Million”, to sum it up in a nutshell we have Annie, the digital content creator extraordinaire who makes a bet that she can get anyone 20,000 followers on Instagram. Of course, the person that gets picked for the bet is long haired, social media adverse historian, Dr Sam. So far, so ‘She’s All That’, The first thing that I was thankful for is that Annie is honest with Sam and tells him about the bet so that it wasn’t some kind of big secret reveal which ruins everything at the end. Even though Sam is against social media, his long-term girlfriend has recently broken up with him as she thinks he is boring, so in a quid pro quo situation, Sam lets Annie set up his instagram account ‘The Hip Historian’ and Annie will help Sam get his girlfriend back with her own version of ‘Boyfriend Bootcamp’.
Of course, along the way we have a bit of a voyage of self-discovery from both Sam and Annie, Sam teaches Annie that maybe she doesn’t need to always be on her phone and rely on it for everything (something I think we are all guilty of) and Annie seems to teach Sam to loosen up and let go a little.
Two bits that I found really interesting , firstly, the amount of work that Annie does as a social media whiz , she runs the accounts of ‘Influencers’ and I know we have all probably seen the vlogs where the latest ‘influencer’ says something like ‘ oh I have a meeting with my management today’ and I couldn’t help but imagine Annie as that ‘management’ and what big business all these vloggers must be. Secondly, the panel discussion with Annie’s former employer, this whole bit felt like it could very easily be a train wreck, where Annie freezes and gets steamrolled and ignored, but no with a quick question from Sam this quickly becomes a ‘Yes’ moment for women’s equality and massive respect to Kelk for in a book that also includes fair mentions of cat pee and vomit she writes this without seeming too cheesy nor attempting to throw a women’s lib moment down your throat.
I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, but I am putting this in the category of ‘Books by Lindsay Kelk that I love’.