- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (24 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008352860
- ISBN-13: 978-0008352868
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp Paperback – 24 Sep 2019
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About the Author
Sarra Manning is an author and journalist. Her novels include Unsticky, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me and her latest The House Of Secrets.
Sarra has written both adult and YA novels and has contributed to The Guardian, ELLE, Grazia, Stylist, Fabulous, Stella, You Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and is currently the Literary Editor of Red magazine.
Sarra lives in London.
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Becky is a really interesting character, she is not someone who you will always be on the same side as but you really do warm to her and she is a truly intriguing person to read about. Another thing that I really loved about her is how how determined she is, she really will stop at nothing to better herself and I admired that about her, it was brave. It does obliviously alienate people and sometimes hurts people she cares about but the determination is definitely admirable. Becky is also incredibly manipulative, whilst this is a fairly negative quality, it really does take brains and guts to use this manipulation to get you where you want to be.
The structure of this book is also really interesting and refreshingly different. The book takes pace over quite a large span of time compared to other commercial fiction books on the market and I enjoyed getting to see the characters in more than one time frame, to see where are they now and where are they 3 years from now. This book also follows one of the other Big Brother contestant Amelia and how her life has been affected after the programme ends. It covers her relationship with Becky but also how her life changes and I really enjoyed a minor character being followed in this way.
I loved this book, I want to end with one of my favourite quotes from the book and also to urge you to pick this one up now, you are definitely in for a great read and just an all round good time: 'I've met enough strong, ambitious women who'd be admired and promoted a hell of a lot quicker if they were men. But because they have tits and two X chromosomes, they get called bitches.'
Becky, on the other hand, is a definite 'love to hate.' She's manipulative and charming, and somehow manages to be interesting with her exploits (despite being a little predictable - she likes money and fame, so pretty much all her actions point to that). I ended up finishing the book, but I kept wanting it to get better, which it didn't. I just don't like leaving books unfinished.
When it comes to this book, I can honestly say I liked the book. I both admire and hate Becky Sharp.
The story itself kind of pulls you in and goes up and down and up and down until the end. The plot is interesting and I feel all kinds of emotions and I absolutely love that Amelia got a happy ending and that George Wiley got what he deserved.
All in all it was a good book that made me feel a thousand emotions.
* ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley
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