Long Lost Review: The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster

Long Lost Reviews is a monthly meme created by Ally over at Ally’s Appraisals which is posted on the second Thursday of every month. The aim is to start tackling your review backlog. Whether it’s an in-depth analysis of how it affected your life, one sentence stating that you only remember the ending, or that you have no recollection of reading the book at all. 

Published: 26th February 2014Goodreads badge
Penguin Australia
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Genre: Romance
★   ★  ★  ★ – 4 Stars

Lily is a producer on a successful cooking segment for a daily morning show. The new chef has just arrived on set and he is drop dead gorgeous. And despite everything – the sabbatical that Lily and her flatmate Simone are taking from men, the fact that Jack is a work colleague – Lily falls head over heels for him.

And while Lily battles her feelings, her flatmate Simone breaks their pact and starts dating some guy from her wholefoods shop. That guy turns out to be Jack. Up close, Lily bravely watches on as romance blossoms between Simone and Jack. Or does it? They don’t seem to have much in common, apart from their striking good looks. And Lily and Jack just seem to get each other. Is that the same thing as falling in love? And could she ever dream of betraying a friendship? Lily has to make some difficult decisions about work and home, and realises that if she doesn’t take life by the scruff of the neck, she is the one who’ll be picked up, shaken and dumped. 

I really loved this book. I had it sitting on my shelf for years and I finally got around to reading it in 2017 and I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was made into a TV show but I can’t bring myself to watch it because based on a cursory glance at the first few episode summaries it clearly changes a few things I absolutely loved about the book so I haven’t watched it. I’m sure it is still good in its own right but I want to preserve my book memories.

The blurb makes the story sound more like unrequited love than I believe it initially to be. Naturally, after having sworn off men, the perfect one walks into Lily’s life, but what I loved was that Lily and Jack’s relationship doesn’t start off perfectly. She takes a while to warm up to him and their friendship and work/life banter is much more enjoyable than having them get together. Yes Lily starts to get a crush on Jack, but it doesn’t consume her or become to focus of the novel, her determination to further her career is the focus of her days and Foster balances her work and her downtime really well so Lily’s whole life is encapsulated without having every tiny detail and event laid out.

I loved that Foster didn’t go the jealous friend/unrequited love route she could have done. Yes it is there in the tiniest instance, but Lily is so in denial over her feelings for Jack initially she never pines over Jack being with someone else, nor does she obsess over him like a lovesick puppy. It was really refreshing and I loved the different approach to having her feelings be the be all and her job and life be brushed over while she spent her time thinking about him.

So much of everything is done wonderfully in this. The right balance of fun, seriousness, and romance. I love Lily as a character, she is young but growing up, she knows what she wants and has a goal in mind, but she also has a little fun as well. I definitely think a reread of this is in order because I remember it being such a wonderful read filled with the surprises and delights to entertain while also feeling real and having an emotional impact.

The Younger Man by Zoe Foster

Published: February 2012 (print)/1 February 2017 (audio) Goodreads badge
  Penguin Australia /Wavesound Audio
Pages: 304/8 Discs
Narrator: Helen Atkinson
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Fiction
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Stars

Abby runs her own agency, providing beautiful girls for promotional events. She needs a new website and when she calls in the web contractors, none other than the gorgeous, sexy, young Marcus turns up. Abby had met Marcus at a party a few weeks earlier and they had an amazing one-night stand. Abby is not unhappy to see him again. He is rather divine, after all. It’s just that she’s 33 and he’s 22, so how can she ever expect anything to come of this relationship. But Marcus is determined and sets out to prove to Abby that he is wise beyond his years and knows what he wants. Abby is not so sure and when she escapes to Italy and meets someone else, she must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

I quite liked this book. I don’t think I liked it as much as I liked The Wrong Girl, but I did enjoy it. Helen Atkinson did a great job narrating the audiobook, she added emotions and emphasis to Foster’s words that add another level to each of the characters.

Abby is a woman in her mid-30s, accomplished, self-employed and not looking for a relationship. Naturally, this idea is challenged when she meets Marcus, a guy of 22 who was only meant to be a one night fling. I liked the dynamic between these two, Foster plays them off one another and as they clash and blend it’s a great read.

I liked that Marcus was mature and serious, but knew how to have fun as well. He reflected back against Abby’s insecurities and her constant doubts and it made the reader see Abby’s failings. The story wasn’t predictable to the point of fault; it was more like you knew where it was meant to go if only Abby could get her act together. She was the one that needed to learn and grow up ironically. But seeing her turmoil and the journey they go on is rewarding as well. The story isn’t will they/won’t they, it’s how long and what will we have to sit through before Abby gets herself together. Which was different, it didn’t have the usual climax and drama, I was almost starting to think it wasn’t going to have one to be honest.

Foster could have added more to the story but in a way I think it works, even with the abrupt ending she’s gone with. There could have been extra pages that wrap things up nicely, that give more details, hope, happy endings, but it works without it. Foster wraps things up in stages so there are a few mini conclusions before the book ends which until the end you don’t realise were mini conclusions. It was a surprise but when I thought it through it works quite well.

You can purchase The Younger Man via the following

Publisher | Amazon Aust

Booktopia | Book Depository

Fishpond | QBD | Audible

Two Year Blogiversary Giveaway (INT)!!!! DRAWN

2yr AnniversaryTwo years. Where does the time go? We’re just a toddler in the blogging world, really. And like most two year olds we are very good at some things but still working other things out. While we may not have a vocabulary of just 200 words, we are very interested in drawing (though we are not very good at it) and we love to colour (but never in between the lines because we’re rebellious like that).

At two years old we find ourselves trying to find our place in the big wide world, much bigger and wider than we imagined at one. We are becoming more independent though, learning, growing with our experiences and we are trying our best to mimic adult behaviour and activities in an attempt to fool the world and hide our youth and inexperience. We can be impatient and our sentences are not always coherent when we get excited, or even when we are not excited for that matter, but we try. Things are never dull that is for sure.

In all seriousness though, it is pretty amazing to reach the two year mark, seeing what started as a wish and a dream for years turn into something that is growing and developing, being incredible exciting and rewarding, while also still managing to teach me things all the time. Somehow two years seems more substantial than one. I feel like I’m just starting still, but at the same time I also feel like I have pushed passed those early stages of blog running and am now more established. I certainly feel more established than I did this time last year where it was sheer determination that kept me going. Perhaps by next year I will have myself even more figured out, who knows!

Importantly I would like to thank all the amazing people who have commented, liked, and shared posts in the last two years and all my followers on the blog, Facebook, and on Twitter. You guys are wonderful and make me feel like I am not just talking to myself on the internet!  I would also like to thank the amazing authors and publishers who gave me great opportunities to read and review their books, whether it was a personal email or if it was just a general chance to sign up for a blog tour. You have all helped make this blog what it is and I look forward to working with more of you as time goes on.


As a reward and in honour of hitting the two year mark I am running a month long international giveaway! I have five books up for grabs, all very different from one another and you can enter to win just one or all five! It’s up to you! Click on the book title to read the synopsis from Goodreads. Entry details are below.

BOOK ONE: The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Young Adult)

BOOK TWO: Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (Young Adult)

BOOK THREE: The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster (Romance/Chick Lit)

BOOK FOUR: Murder in Mississippi by John Safran (Non Fiction Crime)

BOOK FIVE: Stoner by John Williams (Historical Fiction)


To enter: Simply leave a comment on this post letting me know which book you would like to win. If you want to enter to win more than one that’s perfectly fine. Winners will be drawn on 24th February 2015 with the winners being notified by email. Good luck everyone!

Giveaway runs from 23rd January 2015 until midnight AEDT 23rd February 2015