Book Review: Unfiltered by Sophie White

July 17, 2020 Book review 1 ★★★★½

Is your guilty pleasure watching Instahuns? If so you’ll love the hilarious Unfiltered by Sophie White for a snapshot of what might be happening behind the screens, behind the all the smoke and mirrors, behind every unrealistically perfect story.

Book Review: Unfiltered by Sophie WhiteUnfiltered by Sophie White
Published by Hachette Ireland on June 18, 2020
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
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four-half-stars

Ali and Shelly are back. But behind the filters, things are more chaotic than ever.
After faking a pregnancy to gain more Instagram followers, Ali Jones figured she'd be an internet pariah. But while her mentions are a mess, it turns out that her following is bigger than ever. And now that she's pregnant for real, Ali quickly realises that she might have to wade once more into the Insta-world to fund the new baby bump. With Sam, her ex, still ignoring her and her mother having a mild grief-induced psychotic breakdown, what else has Ali to cling to but #sponcons and #ootds?
Enter Amy Donoghue, social media manager extraordinaire, with a plan to rehabilitate Ali's image.
Meanwhile, Queen of the Influencers, Shelly, is still being hounded by her mysterious Insta-stalker. And with @HolisticHazel busy creating W Y N D festival (her answer to the Goop Summit) and @PollysFewBits being as non-descript as ever, Shelly has to deal with this latest drama without the help of her Mumfluencer friends - before it gets out of control.
The free swag may be good but will Ali and Shelly realise the Insta Life's not worth losing the people that matter most?

!@#$ addictive ARC REVIEW smart & funny

First Line of Unfiltered

“Ali woke up in her childhood bed on the morning of her dad’s funeral with a song in her head.”

5 Thoughts on Unfiltered by Sophie White

  • This book is a tonic. If you need cheering up, or some good belly laughs in your life, then this book will deliver.
  • Ali faked a pregnancy to get Insta famous, so seems like an unlikely heroine. But I defy you not to like her anyway! And coming from someone who is infertile, that speaks volumes, as I was prepared to hate her for that vile act. But I’m Team Ali all the way!
  • Shelly is more of your typical big shot Instagram blogger/flogger, but she is coping with a troll in this book. Which is just so topical and scary to read about.
  • I loved how it combined serious mental health issues, with lots of humour. The mix didn’t downplay the tougher moments, but added an uplifting and authentic feel to the plot.
  • If even 5% of this is true, Instagram is way more nuts than I had ever realised.
#Unfiltered by @SophWhiteWrites is a belly achingly funny and soberingly authentic read. It shine a ring light on the realities of IG life. It's all fun and games (and money) until the trolls find you. #bookreview @HachetteIre Click To Tweet

Overall I loved this one, as I did the previous book Filter This. They are best read in order, and I highly recommend both.

Rating Report
Characters
five-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read Unfiltered?

I’d recommend this to you if you like romantic comedy that also tackles some heavier issues. Or if you love Instagram and want to be a fly on an influencer’s perfect grey wall. Fans of authors such as Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Carmel Harrington should also enjoy.

About Sophie White

Sophie White grew up in Dublin and has a first class honours degree in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design. After moving to New Zealand in her early 20s, Sophie went on to train as a chef while there and worked in the French Alps for several years before returning to Dublin in 2012.

Sophie began her writing career at age 27, when she started writing a weekly column ‘The Domestic’ for Sunday Independent’s Life magazine. After the birth of her first child, she became a full-time writer, penning reviews of books and restaurants, cultural commentary and interviews for a variety of Irish publications and her first book Recipes for a Nervous Breakdown, part-memoir/part cookery book was published in 2016.

Mother of Pod, the successful podcast she hosts with Jen O’Dwyer, was launched in January 2018 and they launched a second podcast, The Creep Dive, in January 2019. Sophie lives in Dublin with her husband and two sons. Filter This was her first novel.

four-half-stars

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