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Review of Green Dot by Madeleine Gray

Dolly Alderton fans will love the debut novel from Madeleine Gray, especially if you adored Good Material! Green Dot follows Hera who is in her mid-twenties, and while her closest friends continue to grow in their careers and relationships after graduation, Hera pushes back against the pressure to echo her friends’ lives, but she also dreams of an easy way to become part of their secure and adult world. Hera decides to bite the bullet of moving out of her father’s home and bags herself a job which she hates! 

In walks Arthur

What starts off as a flirtatious friendship, brightening Hera’s work days, quickly develops into an affair with the older guy in the office which is a breath of fresh air to Hera after she has exclusively dated women. In Arthur, she sees her life unfold the way that she wants it: security, ease and a new level playing field with her friends. What transpires is both an emotive and hilarious novel about a mid-twenties lass and her all-life consuming true love... Or so she thinks.

I urge anyone not to find a part of themselves in Hera. With the naivety we all felt at her age whilst staring into the unknown void of what our future may be, I connected with Hera on a level that I can’t express in words. She made me laugh and she made me cry! Green Dot is a chaotic love story, sprinkled with jaw-achingly wide-smiling humour, but it’s also a coming-of-age story, to which we have a front row seat. So grab your favourite snack and dive into Green Dot today, Hera and her story will definitely resonate and stick with you!

Reviewed by Danielle.

Green Dot was published on 01/02/24 by W&N.

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