If Mean Girls and Emma had a baby, it would be Reputation by Lex Croucher.
After being forced to move in with her aunt and uncle, Georgiana Ellers is desperate to get out of the house, to do anything like the heroines in her favourite books. At a dreadfully dull dinner party, Georgiana meets the breathtaking Frances Campbell, daughter of Lord and Lady Campbell.
Georgiana gets swept up in the extravagant and debauched lifestyle of Frances and her wealthy friends. And, of course, there’s this brooding man, Mr. Hawksley, who is always in the right place at the right time to catch Georgiana whenever she stumbles over her own two feet.
Review of Reputation by Lex Croucher
This book was exactly what I was looking for: something light, fun, and quick to get through. It does have some darker content, but on the whole, it was an amusing read.
The writing style was great too. The author did a superb job of embodying the language of this time, while keeping it fresh.
Reputation is also fairly diverse. I don’t know much about the period, but the author has stated that this era is currently being whitewashed, and she wanted to have racial diversity that represented this time. There’s also queer representation.
My favourite line from the book has to be, “Get in, Georgiana. We’re going shopping.” Iconic.
This was an excellent debut, and I cannot wait to see what else the author comes up with next. I don’t think it’ll be a long wait, since I just saw that they have another one coming out this year.
CW: SA, drug and alcohol abuse.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Expected Publication: 5 April 2022
Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for providing an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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