Toxic Review

Title: Toxic
Author: Nicci Cloke
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 26 July 2018
Source: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Rating: 3.75 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sometimes parties are not all they are cracked up to be...from a Carnegie nominated author

Hope has never been happier. She's on her way to Crete, after a group of her friends have made her an honorary 'lad' and let her tag along on their boys' holiday. There's a slight complication in that one of those boys, Logan, is Hope's ex-boyfriend, but they're still friends and Hope's pretty confident it won't be too awkward.

The next couple of days are exactly what Hope was hoping for - lazy days in the sun, and long, drunken conversations. She can't help but notice that Logan's flirting with her. Logan and Hope end up alone and Hope is horrified when, after she leans in to kiss him, Logan completely rejects her.
Embarrassed and annoyed, Hope is on a mission to get drunk, and with the alcohol flowing, and the sun going down, Hope's starts having a great time.
The next thing Hope knows, she's being woken up on the beach by two strangers. It's 9 o'clock the next morning and she can't remember anything about the previous night . . . what on earth happened.

Book Review:

Pre-reading Thoughts:

It has been a while since I requested this book but I am so excited to read this. I think that this book talks about various serious topics mainly toxic masculinity and boys being boys culture. 

Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review. Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this book does an amazing job of discussing toxic masculinity, the boys club culture and homophobia. The writing was easy to get into but it wasn't something that I really cared for in this book. I definitely think that this book was strong in plot and character. Hope's experience with her group of guys friends was accessible and whilst it didn't completely hit home, I could see many similarities between my group of guy friends and hers. This book is definitely character-driven and had me turning the pages faster. The whole mystery of what happened definitely left me anxious and when Hope figures it out, it's gut-wrenching. Thank you Jonathan Ball Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book!

Yours in Reading,


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