Release date - 18th June 2020
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - Hachette Books Ireland
Worldwide - www.bookdepository.com
UK - www.amazon.co.uk
US - www.amazon.com
Ireland - www.bookstation.ie
I want to thank Elaine and Hachette Ireland for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
When Ali Jones faked a pregnancy to gain more Instagram followers, it should have made her a pariah on the insta-scene but it turns out that her followers love a bit of drama and now she's more popular than ever. So when Amy Donoghue, social media manager extraordinaire steps in to rehabilitate her image, Ali realises she may have to wade once more into the grubby insta-hole. With her ex, Sam, still ignoring her and her mother Mini having a mild grief-induced psychotic break (her scheme for scattering Miles' ashes seems not only bonkers but borderline illegal), Ali's got little else to cling on to but #sponcon and #ootds.
Meanwhile Shelly is trying to settle into her new life as a mum-of-two while being held hostage by her mysterious insta-stalker whose sole objective is to keep Shelly on Instagram. But with her fellow Mummy Influencer friends @HolisticHazel immersed in creating WYND festival (her answer to the Goop Summit) and @PollysFewBits being as non-descript as ever, Shelly must get to the bottom of it herself.
When Ali starts attending Catfishers Anonymous as a part of Amy's plan for Image Rehab, she discovers some information that may just help Shelly ...
The perfect story for the times we live in, UNFILTERED by Sophie White looks at the lure of Instagram and all the power and money it can provide, but just how much of yourself do you have to sacrifice in the process?
Ali Jones is still reeling from the fallout of her fake pregnancy when she loses her beloved father, and on top of that, she has discovered that she is actually pregnant with Sam's baby but Sam certainly doesn't want anything to do with her now. Ali doesn't know what she is going to do but she knows that she will love this baby and that this is her chance to get her life in order. But where to start? With the help of a social media expert, Ali soon finds herself rebuilding her social media image and wading into the Influencer world again but this time she is determined to be in control. But she wonders about how good a mum she will be when her life is such a mess? And will Sam ever talk to her again?
Shelly is heavily pregnant with her second child, separated, and beginning to suspect that her husband has already moved on to greener pastures. And to top it all off, she has a stalker. As Shelly makes some decisions on what she wants for herself and her children, she questions how much exposure she wants to have, especially when the stalking becomes more frightening. Who can she really trust? Do any of her so-called influencer friends care enough to be there for her? And just how far will this obsessed fan go to get what they want?
And when Ali discovers something that might help Shelly who has always been kind to her, secrets may just start coming to the surface.
Compelling, witty, and engaging from beginning to end, UNFILTERED by Sophie White lets readers continue with Ali and Shelly's story and allows us a further glimpse behind the curtain of being an Instagram Influencer. I still cared a lot for Ali and Shelly throughout this book and wanted them to find happiness inside themselves and the strength to do what they needed to do to make that happen. The issue of trolling and the unbelievable damage it can do is deftly described in this story and in a week when I have watched Irish influencers crying online with the amount of abuse and hate they are receiving, UNFILTERED is a timely read.
With plenty of crazy deeds, hilarious mishaps, and entertaining characters, UNFILTERED by Sophie White balances humour with scrutiny perfectly in this story, and I look forward to more from this author.
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 is her first novel.
To keep up-t0-date with this author, follow here:
Website - www.sophiewhite.info
Twitter - twitter.com/SophWhiteWhoop
Instagram - www.instagram.com/sophwhitewhoop/
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
UPCOMING BLOG TOURS