Book Review: The Temp by Emily Benet


The Temp
Author: Emily Benet
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, humour
Released: October 23rd 2014
Review Source: HarperImpulse | Netgalley

Amber is a twenty-something, out of university with a degree she’s not sure what to do with… so she temps in order to earn enough money to live in London.

One of her favourite life-hacks is to attend modern art gallery openings for free wine. It is during one of these that she thinks ‘if they can do it, why not me?’, and meeting a handsome gallery promoter cements her ambition to become famous through her art.

With the help—and sometimes hindrance—of her friends Farrell, Bibiana, and Egg (short for Egbert), can Amber achieve her dream AND snag handsome Elliott?


I’ll get right to the point. I’m not a huge fan of contemporary romance and humour in the same novel, I find that usually the humour is too immature for my liking and it ruins the book. The Temp, however, I found very enjoyable. I got the main character’s humour, even found myself smiling at it, and that isn’t something which happens often.

The book had its iffy parts, where I found the romance lacking slightly and it had a slow start, but if you bear with it you’ll find it gets better, I promise! The further into the novel the better it gets. I can’t deny that I enjoyed the book. It was creative in the way it was written, and that’s what kept me reading the most. I loved Amber’s quirky thoughts, and everything about her really.

I feel like there isn't much to say for this book, I'd recommend reading it for yourself. Even if you're not a massive fan of humour, give it a go. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.


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