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According to Yes by Dawn French


Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To Yes.

The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family.

Emotional displays - unacceptable.

Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome.

Fun - no thanks.

This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint.

So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book.

For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone decides to start saying . . . yes?

Published Released: May 5th, 2016
Publishers: Penguin

Goodreads Star Rating: ⭐⭐



Dawn French was one of the first female comedians I was ever introduced to when I was younger and I had so much faith in her (because of course, she played a vicar) but this book is completely weird. 

This book follows a woman in her thirties, gets a job as a nanny. Which if you think about it doesn't seem bad.  Her interactions with all the characters is great, she is this modern day Mary Poppins, she is a fantastic nanny who teaches the twins about gardening, her previous experience as a teacher comes in handy when she is with the twins but while she is crossing hairs with Glen (the grandmother), I kept thinking "Is this the same character?". There are moments in the characters story arc where you are scratching your head going "What the hell are you doing?"

The plot is a mess and some of the writing is not good, it's cheesy but not the guilty pleasure kind of cheesy. There are some good highlights in this book, Rosie is a great teacher and she is fantastic as being a Nanny. Her time with the twins is great, she is enjoyable and funny with them, she is the best character and also the worst character in this book.

I didn't enjoy this book and I feel bad to have anticipated it to be good. I am unsure if I will pick up any of French's previous books but I honestly feel that this book was not great.

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