One in a Million
‘A corker…hilarious!’ Giovanna Fletcher‘Full of heart and very, very funny’ Paige ToonEveryone wants that special someone….Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is My Fair Lady for the social media age – and the perfect feel-good read.

One in a Million Details

TitleOne in a Million
Author
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780008239046
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Love

One in a Million Review

  • Emer
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourteenth full length Lindsey Kelk novel. I've read each and every one... I also own each and every one...in eBook and physical editions... Yup. I'm a slightly obsessive Lindsey fangirl.... FYI there are also two eBook only novellas....And this was great. I laughed a lot early on in the book. I got the ending I wanted and expected... But... I dunno... I liked it but I'm a bit *whelmed*.... You know rather than over- or underwhelmed... I'm somewhere in the middle....Annie, the MC, wa This is the fourteenth full length Lindsey Kelk novel. I've read each and every one... I also own each and every one...in eBook and physical editions... Yup. I'm a slightly obsessive Lindsey fangirl.... FYI there are also two eBook only novellas....And this was great. I laughed a lot early on in the book. I got the ending I wanted and expected... But... I dunno... I liked it but I'm a bit *whelmed*.... You know rather than over- or underwhelmed... I'm somewhere in the middle....Annie, the MC, was a great character. And I really liked the male lead Sam... But her bestie Miranda and some of the office peeps from where she worked... They all sort of bled into each other...like not one of them had a truly unique personality, nothing too memorable. Honestly Wellington the cat was the most memorable side character. I did love her plot. A modern twist on the whole My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle meets Henry Higgins quasi-gender swap for the social media age... And as an Instagram obsessive this greatly appealed to me. But the story fizzled out for me by about the 75% mark and just ended a little limply... Not my favourite of Lindesy's books but I still had a good lol. three stars Some of my fav quotey bits!‘All we need is breathing room. Maybe we could get another company credit card? Or we could sell something.’ I looked at her while she angrily swiped at her screen. ‘Like what? A kidney?’ ‘Not helping,’ she replied. ‘You’re right,’ I said, unable to stop myself from bending down and picking up the Starbucks cup and depositing it in the closest bin. ‘We need our kidneys. We drink too much.’Miranda strolled into the kitchen, having traded her oversized shirt for a cropped neon yellow T-shirt. She was the best, all faux leather trousers and fuck-you attitude. It was something I needed more of. The attitude, not the trousers. I got thrush from just looking at them.He untethered the man bun, unleashing long, wavy blond hair that any self-respecting mermaid would have been proud of. A thirty-something-year-old man, maybe not so much. ’Your hair is very long,’ I said as a statement of fact. ‘So is yours,’ he countered, caressing his ratty ends. ‘And no one complains about that. It’s double standards.’ ‘Yes, but my hair is long on purpose,’ I pointed out. ‘And I spend actual money to have someone style it. Your hair is just … there.’
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    4 - "I happen to think you’re fairly close to perfect." Stars!It’s been a looooong time since I read a book by this author, I didn’t realize just how much so until I checked my ‘Read’ shelf. But like in life, it’s amazing how the years in Booklandia fly by and the amount of books released by said writer pile up before you get back to reading their words again."I’ve got this."I’ll admit the blurb for One in A Million was what drew me in initially because I love a good nerd to cool-nerd transforma 4 - "I happen to think you’re fairly close to perfect." Stars!It’s been a looooong time since I read a book by this author, I didn’t realize just how much so until I checked my ‘Read’ shelf. But like in life, it’s amazing how the years in Booklandia fly by and the amount of books released by said writer pile up before you get back to reading their words again."I’ve got this."I’ll admit the blurb for One in A Million was what drew me in initially because I love a good nerd to cool-nerd transformation/opposites attract love story like most people do, and Dr Samuel Page starts out more Stig-of-the-historian-dump, than Historian-hottie when we meet him, something Annie Higgins plans to change when she agrees to a thirty-day bet to gain the attention shy guy twenty thousand followers on a social media platform."Whats in this for you..?"Something Sam is really not interested in being involved in initially, but when Annie learns his girlfriend has dumped him mainly for being emotionally absent, more interested in his work, and his lack of social graces, grooming and personal style, she makes him a deal. Boyfriend Bootcamp gives her the chance to smarten him up, and make him ‘social-media appropriate’ and in exchange for that she gives him tips and pointers that may encourage his girlfriend to change her mind. Maybe there was hope after all… This isn’t a quick book, I’ll be honest and say the first 35% or so dragged a little, but there were enough entertaining scenarios to keep me reading, but push past the slow warm up and it was full steam ahead after that, I literally laughed until I cried at certain points, and although it’s pretty clear as to the direction in which the story will eventually go between this pair, there were some hugely amusing interludes along the way. A month ago I hadn’t even known that he existed and now I couldn’t imagine a day without him in it. The story is told solely from Annie’s perspective and I think at certain points it would have benefitted from Sam’s POV as well, it was certainly long enough to mix up the story-telling aspect of it a bit. There was also a plethora of likeable secondary characters in the mix and they all added to the enjoyment with their own unique and quirky personality traits as well."You managed without me for a long time… You’ll manage without me again."Enjoyable, funny, sweet, with low-level romance and drama, I find my reading tastes veering more into Chick-Lit lately, and when I read a book like this it just highlights all the positives for doing so.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Charanya
    January 1, 1970
    5-never-wanted-this-book-to-end stars! Not wanting a book to end is the highest of honours I feel for a book, almost across all genres, maybe not a murder mystery but you get the drift! I HEART Lindsey's standalone books ;) , don't get me wrong, her series' are quite amazing too but to wrap up a heartfelt, funny story in one book is like eating a scrumptious meal. This book is her best standalone work, yet. I could name a million reasons why (yes, pun intended)What I loved about this book:- 5-never-wanted-this-book-to-end stars! Not wanting a book to end is the highest of honours I feel for a book, almost across all genres, maybe not a murder mystery but you get the drift! I HEART Lindsey's standalone books ;) , don't get me wrong, her series' are quite amazing too but to wrap up a heartfelt, funny story in one book is like eating a scrumptious meal. This book is her best standalone work, yet. I could name a million reasons why (yes, pun intended)What I loved about this book:-1) The almost entire focus on Annie, her career was a meat of this book. I enjoyed the subtle hint at Annie's dependency on social media, her palpitations when she was not around her phone or when it was low on charge. This reflection of society while not seeming preachy was brilliant. Annie is a winning character. She is funny, flawed, extremely good at her job but down on luck on men. What was refreshing was she never dwelt on it. She just kept making plans and almost working herself to death but she never got bogged down! She's your best kind of heroine to root for2) Aah Dr. Samuel Page (not Sam ;)) almost diametrically opposite of our Annie but in the most wonderful way. He was a historian, cared about obscure facts that nobody knew about and was unfriendly, curmudgeon and hated all things social media. To make him an internet sensation was very interesting to read and also the whole boyfriend bootcamp was fun. We have read the whole makeover and realizing he/she was a swan behind the ugly duckling things before; but this book does not feel shallow. (view spoiler)[It's almost past midway of the book, when Annie realizes her feelings for him and you believe her because of the kind of person that Sam is. (hide spoiler)]3) No insta-love. God, I hate contemporary instant attraction books, this book was life-like with normal characters and slow-burn. The romance was just a part of the book, the friendships and careers were almost as important. The book happens over a month, but there's so much depth that when the characters fall in love you don't feel that it's been only a month. You are absolutely invested and you are feverishly turning the pages to see how it ends4) The humour, (it's almost a given for Lindsey's books) I was smiling and chortling often. It's a clean book with sizzling chemistry and banter, not many authors can accomplish that. I loved Miranda and Brian and even the interns. Most important I loved Annie's job, the subtle references to gender politics of running a company was very timely. I loved the random historical facts from the book, those were definitely interestingWhat I didn't like:-1) I want to say nothing, because I loved this book. But the slightly one-dimensional ex-girlfriend was a major put off. This book doesn't need obstacles apart from the ones that Sam and Annie were creating for themselves in their head. They were so different, that in itself made for sparkling conversation and added layers. But I get why the ex needed to be there to give Sam some initial boost to participate in this internet sensation bet.Nothing else, I loved every bit of this book. I was waiting for this book ever since the announcement and this book matched all my expectations and then some! Cannot wait for more from Lindsey, especially the stand-alone books. True winner
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  • Bookevin
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsSparkling, from start to finish!Full review: https://bookevin.wordpress.com/2018/0...
  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    I can see why this is being described as a modern day My Fair Lady, it really is turning someone from nothing on social media into a proper instagram influencer at least in terms of follower count. Of course the person being transformed is rather reluctant and its all come about as a result of a bet thanks to the overly competitive Annie Higgins. I was laughing early on when Annie was referred to as Professor Higgins by the person she made the bet with regarding her social media prowess. And tha I can see why this is being described as a modern day My Fair Lady, it really is turning someone from nothing on social media into a proper instagram influencer at least in terms of follower count. Of course the person being transformed is rather reluctant and its all come about as a result of a bet thanks to the overly competitive Annie Higgins. I was laughing early on when Annie was referred to as Professor Higgins by the person she made the bet with regarding her social media prowess. And that isn't the only nod to My Fair Lady in the book, I probably missed some references but there was one quite late on that made me smile Setting aside my clear love of a musical, we have a fabulous contemporary story that really resonated with me, especially since like Annie I seem to keep an eye on my phone and emails at all times of day, night, weekends regardless of if I was meant to be having downtime. Ironically as I know how much I tend to enjoy Lindsey Kelk books I read most of it while being deliberately separated from technology for a few hours and I was loving the book until I had to go back and check my emails!! This is full of Kelk's trademark humour, so much to laugh at, and there is a message about social media in the book too. I loved Dr Samuel Page, and seeing him come alive in Annie's boyfriend bootcamp is rather enjoyable, and surprising. So many scenes that I thoroughly enjoyed and I loved the banter between Annie and her co-workers and the advertising agency across the hall from them too. It is all just a lot of fun. The entire book takes place in just over a month, with most chapters starting with the date, some with an update on the bet with latest follower counts. The question is will Annie succeed in turning a relatively unknown historian, with too much facial hair and bad dress sense, into an instantly recognisable instagram that everyone wants to follow? Well you need to read to find out, and see just how much this bet affects the lives of both people. This is a very witty, well thought out story from a fabulous author, who knows exactly what she is doing and does it so brilliantly. To me its not as great as the I Heart series the author is most known for, but its still an excellent book. Thank you to Harper for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Agi
    January 1, 1970
    In “One in a Million” we meet Annie Higgins who has just betted to turn a very social media unfriendly person into an Instagram influencer. The man in question, Dr Samuel Page, doesn’t know his luck yet and Annie must turn this innocent nerd into an über – cool – nerd with twenty thousand followers in only thirty days. Samuel is absolutely not interested but when Annie learns that his girlfriend has recently dumped him for being only interested in his research work, being emotionally absent, for In “One in a Million” we meet Annie Higgins who has just betted to turn a very social media unfriendly person into an Instagram influencer. The man in question, Dr Samuel Page, doesn’t know his luck yet and Annie must turn this innocent nerd into an über – cool – nerd with twenty thousand followers in only thirty days. Samuel is absolutely not interested but when Annie learns that his girlfriend has recently dumped him for being only interested in his research work, being emotionally absent, for having a bad dress sense and for being not groomed enough, she senses her chance and “Boyfriend Bootcamp” is brought to life. She’s going to change him into the man his ex wants him to be and in exchange for her tips he agrees for her to make him exist in social media. Will she manage to turn this totally unknown unfriendly historian into Instagram star?I’ve never been so much into social media, I mean, I do have my Facebook (sorry, Annie, yes, I’m old enough), and I know my Twitter but this followers fights on Instagram somehow passed me by, however I was totally intrigued what you can do to gain those followers – especially when you’re as reluctant as the person that Annie was supposed to turn into Instagram influencer. I am not the person that can’t take her eyes off her phone so Annie was a little exotic to me but I, of course, can also understand her way of keeping on with her emails, messages and likes, it was her job at last.Annie was immediately likeable. She was funny and had some of the best one – liners, she was quirky and extremely good at her job. I loved Annie’s passion, the way she mad me feel about her – she made me laugh but I also wanted to bang her head sometimes, and this is the sign of a really great, realistic character.Dr Samuel Page (not Sam!) was one of the most brilliant characters ever. Not only seeing him coming out of his shell was a real joy, seeing him as he is was refreshing and only imagining his face at some of the changes made me laugh out loud. This reluctance of his, it was so perfectly well captured and described and I felt so, so sorry for him. I only think that I would love to hear his point of view as well, not only Annie’s – I know, we know he’s reluctant and not so keen on this whole idea but it would be great to hear direct from him.The banter between the characters was so enjoyable and it felt so genuine and natural. What I also liked was the fact that there could be one or two or more potential affair contenders, which made the reading not so obvious, however then it came to such a point when I couldn’t imagine Annie with any other character than THIS ONE. But of course life is not a picnic and the way to happy ending is always a bumpy road and there is never a guarantee that it’s going to be a happy end, right.The pace of this story was only right, it was not too quick and not too slow and there were amusing events aplenty. It was fabulously enjoyable, with enough drama and romance, laughter and seriousness. The romance part was truly genuine and not too forced on the characters, and it was brilliantly balanced with their lives, careers and likes. Even if the story covers only one month, this love affair doesn’t feel too rushed or too artificial and I found myself totally absorbed in it. And it’s not only a laugh – out – loud book. I really liked how cleverly and seamlessly those subtle references to gender politics in business, in running your own company and also those random historical facts were built into this story.Altogether, “One in a Million” was brilliantly light – hearted and spot on, it was full of hilarious situations and this trademark Lindsey Kelk’s humour and incredibly warm characters – this author is really a queen of creating unforgettable characters that you can’t help but root for. And of course there is also the hidden message about social media as well! Highly recommended!Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even know where to start this review, because this book is absolutely FABULOUS!!!Lindsey Kelk is one of these very talented writers, who creates a wonderful world around her characters, makes them lively and authentic and comes up with a gripping and exciting storyline. We follow Annie Higgins, who runs her own agency, dealing with social media. She has given up on men and love. Together with her best friend Miranda she successfully runs the business and takes on a bet from the guys acro I don't even know where to start this review, because this book is absolutely FABULOUS!!!Lindsey Kelk is one of these very talented writers, who creates a wonderful world around her characters, makes them lively and authentic and comes up with a gripping and exciting storyline. We follow Annie Higgins, who runs her own agency, dealing with social media. She has given up on men and love. Together with her best friend Miranda she successfully runs the business and takes on a bet from the guys across the hall: creating a new instagram account based on a person they all don't know and getting him to 20k followers in a month. That's where Sam comes in, or I should rather say Dr Samuel Page. He is a historian and very different to Annie, how can she create an account only based on him?! Their first encounter is not so much fun and he is very distant and arrogant. His girlfriend Elaine has just left him and that's where Annie sees her chance. She helps him getting his girlfriend back and she can create the account, without showing his picture of course.She changes his looks and makes him see what is needed in a good relationship. Obviously they spend a lot of time together and yes they get along really well after a while. There is still Charlie from across the hall though right?! Oh and Elaine, let's not forget her. Both, Sam and Annie are really relatable characters and I loved following them around. I was hooked to the storyline from the start and liked all the social media references. Lindsey Kelk also really knows to include current events, like the world cup. These make the book very authentic and real.I loved the way the relationship between Annie and Sam slowly developed. There was never a dull moment and I really liked the two of them together. They are so different from each other, but the sparks were there from the start, even if it took them a while to figure it out themselves. There were of course also some obstacles in the way, but that keeps you going as a reader.Lindsey Kelk's writing is absosultey hilarious, romantic, passionte and just fantastic. She really understands how to engage a reader. 11 out of 10 points for this book for sure!!!!!The story really is a modern day My Fair Lady, it's got a twist, a gende swap and of course the whole social media thing, just brilliant!!!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just beyond perfect. Lindsey Kelk is my QUEEN. Full review to come a bit later when my sense of feelings have come back.
  • Diem
    January 1, 1970
    Look, I can no longer give an objective reading on any Lindsey Kelk book. I love Lindsey Kelk's writing too much — she is one of my keeper shelf authors forever and ever and ever. Dr Samuel Page PhD really snuck up on me, with his Hiddleston and Hemsworth brothers adjacent looks and his unwavering support of Annie. Hot Historian, innit mate? INNIT?I do still have the I Heart series to read — I'm saving them for a 'break glass in case of emergency' situation.
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  • Kevin Dickson
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsey Kelk is in top form with One In A Million, a charming and hilarious Pygmalion for the twenty-first century. There are plenty of laugh out loud comic set pieces (of course!) as we fall in love with an all-new cast of characters in an irresistible story of a competitive web guru and her delightfully gruff makeover subject. Lindsey Kelk is tackling modern love like nobody else, and each successive book of hers adapts to the changing romantic landscape of the times. And I mentioned funny, ri Lindsey Kelk is in top form with One In A Million, a charming and hilarious Pygmalion for the twenty-first century. There are plenty of laugh out loud comic set pieces (of course!) as we fall in love with an all-new cast of characters in an irresistible story of a competitive web guru and her delightfully gruff makeover subject. Lindsey Kelk is tackling modern love like nobody else, and each successive book of hers adapts to the changing romantic landscape of the times. And I mentioned funny, right? This book features some lines that are still making me laugh, well after I've finished reading it. I won't spoil them by singling them out here, but my favorite has something to do with an actor from a seventies dance movie or a seventies movie about greasy hair. I just remembered it again and laughed out loud. Sometimes I wish Lindsey would write a book featuring a set of her background characters because they're always so funny and well drawn. I'm rambling. I loved this book. Read it.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    3.9/5 stars!!!!!!THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read it in 2 days because I just couldn't put it down (even though I should have because I'm insanely busy and don't have time to read all day long...)One of my favourite tropes ever is the (generally) happy x serious and the happy one is persistent and you know you know :DAnnie is so funny and smart and I LOVE HER SO MUCH. I LOVE MIR AND BRIAN. THEY ARE THE GREATEST FRIENDS. I love how Taylor Swift is mentioned TWICE. I love the chemistry between ever 3.9/5 stars!!!!!!THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read it in 2 days because I just couldn't put it down (even though I should have because I'm insanely busy and don't have time to read all day long...)One of my favourite tropes ever is the (generally) happy x serious and the happy one is persistent and you know you know :DAnnie is so funny and smart and I LOVE HER SO MUCH. I LOVE MIR AND BRIAN. THEY ARE THE GREATEST FRIENDS. I love how Taylor Swift is mentioned TWICE. I love the chemistry between everyone? Everyone has their own distinct personality and I love seeing them interact. I love Sam and his development... It's not the make-over, but also how he opens up to Annie in a way? I don't really know how to explain it and part of it is also because Annie is the protagonist so you only see her side of things. But from the very beginning you can tell Annie is an open book. She's crazy smart and the best at her job and so so relatable (AT LEAST THERE WAS CAKE). With Sam, not so much. I know half of it is because his personality and circumstances but, you can see he tries so hard (that salsa class? O.M.G) and he genuinely cares. So heartwarming. And the angst wasn't roll-my-eyes stupid, I actually understood both sides. I hate stupid angst. I hate miscommunication as a plot device. But this was perfect. It was Annie's grand romantic gesture :)Can't wait for the next Lindsey Kelk!!!(I also went to a signing of hers and she's super awesome!!)
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a modern twist on a rom-com, then this could well be up your street. It's warm, genuinely funny and predictable in the best possible way. It is packed full of hilarious, confident women and I thought the focus on social media gave the book an original, up-to-date 'hook'. Reading this was like catching up with an old friend over our favourite feel-good films (I'm thinking My Fair Lady updated for the Set It Up generation). I've read all of Lindsey Kelk's books and this is a If you are looking for a modern twist on a rom-com, then this could well be up your street. It's warm, genuinely funny and predictable in the best possible way. It is packed full of hilarious, confident women and I thought the focus on social media gave the book an original, up-to-date 'hook'. Reading this was like catching up with an old friend over our favourite feel-good films (I'm thinking My Fair Lady updated for the Set It Up generation). I've read all of Lindsey Kelk's books and this is a firm favourite!
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  • Cressida McLaughlin
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hilarious, clever, romantic, bursting with wonderful characters and basically brilliant in every way. Not a book to put down easily, I was totally gripped by the story and loved the heroine and hero. One of my top reads of 2018.
  • Miss K Ward
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing as ever!Lindsey never lets me down from day 1 every book is a delight and One in a million is awesome. Kinda like a self help book for accepting yourself as you are and to be you! Loved it x
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    January 1, 1970
    Man I loved this book! I cannot tell you how amazing it is reading a book that has a major focus on social media from someone who knows a thing or two about social media. Yes this book has a great story and great characters, but my takeaway from this is seeing accurate social media representation of fiction. Not just one aspect of social media either, the time it takes to edit YouTube videos, trying to beat the Instagram algorithm and the perils of tweeting something when you meant to DM it-Love Man I loved this book! I cannot tell you how amazing it is reading a book that has a major focus on social media from someone who knows a thing or two about social media. Yes this book has a great story and great characters, but my takeaway from this is seeing accurate social media representation of fiction. Not just one aspect of social media either, the time it takes to edit YouTube videos, trying to beat the Instagram algorithm and the perils of tweeting something when you meant to DM it-Loved it!Ok so we have some wonderful characters in this book, our lead is Annie Higgins (like Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady) and she is so easy to relate to because she has the yearning for being able to go to bed without first checking her inbox and wake up in the morning without checking her inbox before anything else. She is incredibly hard working and I really admired her passion and her ability to go the extra mile but can also recognise the toll that takes on her personal life! Her business partner Miranda is the perfect Ying to her Yang and they just really work as best friends. Then we have Sam, a historian, a bit of a recluse and someone who definitely has more to him than meets the eye. I loved how slowly Sam opened up to the rest of that characters in this book, how he had great values that he stuck to no matter what and that he provided someone for me to fall in love with, never mind any of the other characters. I said this on social media, but I just love all the British references throughout this novel. If you're living in the UK and reading it, you might not notice them at first but this is a true love story to British culture, British Mannerisms and British food! You can tell that this author is a Brit living in the US because the Fray Bentos pie here, the Hob Nobs there and the references to Richard Madeley and This Morning were truly magnificent, not to mention the British swearing!This storyline follows some of my favourite tropes but bucks the trend with a lot of gender reversal in the whole 'boy meets girl' side of things and I just loved it. I wanted to keep on reading, read past my bedtime and got up early to finish this book because it was truly truly fabulous. This is a standalone novel and so if this is your first foray into Lindsey's writing, this would be a great place to start. If you are an uber fan like me, she has done us proud-a wonderful read!
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    One in a Million by Lindsay Kelk a five-star read that you will want to catch like a shooting star. I will be honest and admit I didn’t read anything about this book before I knew I needed to have it, I had read some other books by the author a while back and loved them so I knew as soon as I saw the name I had to have it, then I had readers remorse thinking will it be as good as I think it will be, will it live to the hype. I am so glad I did, it was way better than I thought. Annie Higgins, I One in a Million by Lindsay Kelk a five-star read that you will want to catch like a shooting star. I will be honest and admit I didn’t read anything about this book before I knew I needed to have it, I had read some other books by the author a while back and loved them so I knew as soon as I saw the name I had to have it, then I had readers remorse thinking will it be as good as I think it will be, will it live to the hype. I am so glad I did, it was way better than I thought. Annie Higgins, I adore you!!! What an amazing character, she will make you laugh and she will make you groan in frustration, but as you get to know her and learn her story you will love her. The other characters in the story play their parts Charlie, Martin, Miranda and Brian will all help to make the story deeper and Dr Samuel Page PhD (twice don’t you know, that just makes him all the more impressive) will keep you rolling with laughter. This story is one of love and acceptance of those around us as well as ourselves. Its funny and sweet and compelling in a way that you wont be able to put it down until you reach the last page.
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  • Manda
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a goddamn delight. Lindsey Kelk's best. I already want to re-read it.
  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet, funny and easy to read novel that I read over two days- perfect for summer. I enjoyed the modern-twist on a romance plot and liked all of the characters, despite their flaws.
  • Sharyn
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually read books that set out to be humorous. This was an OK read, a remake of the Eliza Doolittle/ Professor Higgins story for the digital/social media age. I didn't really take to the character of Samuel especially towards the end of the book. It's quite a clean read with no sexual explicitness and not too much swearing. And it's overlong by about one hundred pages for this genre's usual offerings.
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  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Harper Collins for my copy of this book via Netgalley. My love for Lindsey's writing goes back a long way. I am lucky enough to have met Lindsey several times and I am truly honoured to be on this tour! The first thing I was excited about with this book came in the first few pa This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Harper Collins for my copy of this book via Netgalley. My love for Lindsey's writing goes back a long way. I am lucky enough to have met Lindsey several times and I am truly honoured to be on this tour! The first thing I was excited about with this book came in the first few pages. There's a cross over! Oh how I love a cross over. Nothing excites me more than a cross over. It makes the characters seem even more real when they meet each other. I won't tell you which character it is but they are from the A Girl Series! I nearly screamed when I saw it. It was magical. Now I have that off my chest I really should talk about the rest of the book. The main character Annie is instantly likeable. She's funny, she's hardworking, she's passionate and she's downright ballsy. Oh and one more thing she is bloody competitive. I love her. I love how she doesn't give up and that she is always up for a challenge.Now I'm going to move on to Dr Samuel Page, or Sam as Annie likes to call him. Sam is essentially stuck in the past. He is a historian with a flip phone! I mean who still has a flip phone these days? Although I do miss that satisfying slam when you end a bad conversation. It's not quite the same when you press the end call button is it? Sorry I'm digressing Sam is rather reluctant to have any form of social media and it take quite some persuading and perseverance from Annie to get him involved. I liked Sam. He was such a different person to Annie but somehow there was a spark there. He is funny in a completely different sense to Annie but I loved it all the same. Apart from the cross over (which I am still giddy about) one of the things that I really enjoyed in this book was the humour. I love a man that can make me laugh and the same is true of a book. Laughter is so infectious and funny books have me turning page after page after page.I also loved the bet and follower count updates on some of the chapters. I love things like this, they make things a little different. Lindsey got the pace spot on with this story. I could have carried on in this world for a lot longer than jus
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  • Anne-Marie Heeney
    January 1, 1970
    This is undoubtedly a proper ‘feel-good’ novel. It’s actually perfect summer reading: a great cast of characters, an interesting plot, and the open, witty writing that Lindsey Kelk excels at.Annie Higgins is a fantastic main character. I was engaged in her story from the start – she’s not perfect (who is?) but I understood why she was so competitive and relentlessly determined. Everything from her tiny London flat to her relationship with her friends/business partners felt real, not least becaus This is undoubtedly a proper ‘feel-good’ novel. It’s actually perfect summer reading: a great cast of characters, an interesting plot, and the open, witty writing that Lindsey Kelk excels at.Annie Higgins is a fantastic main character. I was engaged in her story from the start – she’s not perfect (who is?) but I understood why she was so competitive and relentlessly determined. Everything from her tiny London flat to her relationship with her friends/business partners felt real, not least because of the wry humour that coursed through the narrative and the dialogue.Dr. Page’s resolve to stay true to his own personality and ideas was as strong as Annie’s determination to change pretty much everything about him to make him ‘Instagram-able’. Again, the complexity of this was explored beautifully. On the one hand, why should he change how he looks and expresses himself (especially for a bet between two complete strangers)? On the other hand, though, is it right that he stay shut quite literally in his history books?The concept itself was a fun and insightful look at how we use social media, and I enjoyed how balanced it was. Online platforms have their flaws, but they’re also fantastic means of connecting with people around the world; of sharing our stories and hearing others.At its core, that’s what One In A Million is about: learning to understand a completely opposed point of view to your own without necessarily needing to change your own completely. The echoes of My Fair Lady are certainly there (Kelk has said that the idea for this book came when she was watching the film and looking at Instagram stories) but they are just that – echoes in a contemporary setting. I found that there was more balance in presenting Annie and Samuel’s perspectives.The progression of the story felt much more natural because of this, although Kelk created some amazing little twists. One I had an inkling of quite early, but another just made my insides flip. That I felt for the characters so much in that moment is testament to how well this novel crafted.
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  • Angelnet
    January 1, 1970
    Way back in the distant mists of 2009 I picked up a book by an unknown author and took it on holiday with me. “I Heart New York” was the first of many books by Lindsey Kelk and I’ve been sharing my summers with her ever since. Kelk has always had a rare ability to make you feel like you’ve stepped inside the book and that you’re best friends with all of the characters. I’m pleased to say that this hasn’t changed with this one off story.Annie works in Social Media Marketing. She set up a business Way back in the distant mists of 2009 I picked up a book by an unknown author and took it on holiday with me. “I Heart New York” was the first of many books by Lindsey Kelk and I’ve been sharing my summers with her ever since. Kelk has always had a rare ability to make you feel like you’ve stepped inside the book and that you’re best friends with all of the characters. I’m pleased to say that this hasn’t changed with this one off story.Annie works in Social Media Marketing. She set up a business with her best friend Miranda and things have been a little difficult. They have more work than they can reasonably cope with but NO-ONE pays their bills and it is getting harder to make end meet. Plus to top it off her ex-boyfriend has just proposed to his new woman in front of millions of people at a televised football game. Things are not going well.When landlord Martin and hotshot Charlie from down the hall bet her that she can’t turn a complete stranger into an internet sensation Annie’s competitive spirit kicks in. Twenty thousand Instagram followers in a month? No problem. Except the first person who walks through the door is Dr Samuel Page, a crusty historian who looks a bit like a homeless man. Annie really has her work cut out to win this bet…If you are looking for a great summer read by the pool then you won’t go wrong with this book. Engaging characters and a real sense of place make you want to work at Content with them! Annie is such a kickass character that it would be a shame if she doesn’t pop up again.Supplied by Net Galley and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Annie Day
    January 1, 1970
    One In A Million is a hilarious chick lit rom com tale set in London's digital marketing world. When Annie agrees to a bet to vastly boost the social media presence of an unknown tenant in her office building she has no idea what she is letting herself in for. The focus of her campaign, Dr Samuel Page, is an unsuspecting academic who is an extreme 'late adopter' of digital technology. He has also suffered a recent relationship breakup so by agreement Annie's efforts are directed to helping him w One In A Million is a hilarious chick lit rom com tale set in London's digital marketing world. When Annie agrees to a bet to vastly boost the social media presence of an unknown tenant in her office building she has no idea what she is letting herself in for. The focus of her campaign, Dr Samuel Page, is an unsuspecting academic who is an extreme 'late adopter' of digital technology. He has also suffered a recent relationship breakup so by agreement Annie's efforts are directed to helping him win back his ex while raising his online presence. Inevitably, as Sam and Annie spend time with each other, a friendship develops which could open up other possibilities... The Annie/Sam story is interwoven with tales about Annie's friends and family and the small business she runs with Miranda. Lindsey Kelk is talented at bringing comedy and wit into the story, and there were a number of laugh-out-loud moments. The only slight downside of this book for me was the amount of fast moving dialogue between 'cool' social media savvie colleagues - at times I felt that their exchanges were quite hard to follow.I enjoyed One In A Million and I would definitely read another book by Lindsey Kelk.Thanks to lovereading.co.uk for a review copy of this book.
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  • aimee
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsey Kelk has done it again. I loved this book and I think its by far her best standalone novel. One in a Million is all about Annie Higgins a digital marketer with her own digital marketing company. When given a bet from a friend to make someone insta famous in 30 days she accepts the challenge with the first guy who walks through the door. When Historian Dr Samuel Page walks through the door looking like Tom Hanks in part 2 of Castaway and is using a flip phone.. Yes a flip phone and is com Lindsey Kelk has done it again. I loved this book and I think its by far her best standalone novel. One in a Million is all about Annie Higgins a digital marketer with her own digital marketing company. When given a bet from a friend to make someone insta famous in 30 days she accepts the challenge with the first guy who walks through the door. When Historian Dr Samuel Page walks through the door looking like Tom Hanks in part 2 of Castaway and is using a flip phone.. Yes a flip phone and is completely against social media. Annie thinks she’s lost the bet there and then but she is determined to make this historian insta famous.. Sam isn’t going to make this easy for her but she finds herself warming to his unique tendencies and while learning about what she really wants she pulls him out of his shell and out of his beard to revel a pretty handsome man. I think the whole premise of the book was fantastic, Annie was a real badass boss. Lindsey Kelk knows how to write real, relatable characters. I've read all of Kelk's books and while The I Heart Series will always be my favourites. One In A Million is definitely coming in a close second, It was very different to her other books I though in the best way possible! Will definitely be re-reading this one again!
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  • Verity (The Cosy Reading Nest)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I was younger I used to steal my mums Marian Keyes and Jill Mansell books to read, even though a lot of the references went over my head. I loved the stories and the romance and the feeling after you'd turned the last page that you'd made good friends within the pages of the book. "One in a Million" is the first book I've ever read that gave me these exact feelings but also was aimed at my age group and actual I received an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I was younger I used to steal my mums Marian Keyes and Jill Mansell books to read, even though a lot of the references went over my head. I loved the stories and the romance and the feeling after you'd turned the last page that you'd made good friends within the pages of the book. "One in a Million" is the first book I've ever read that gave me these exact feelings but also was aimed at my age group and actually referenced things I understood. Oh, the joy I felt when I read the words "Just 17". Aside from mentioning magazines I obsessed over as a teenager, the whole plot felt really relevant to my life. I could imagine being friends with Annie and Miranda and it was easy to understand their lives and priorities and motivations. The plot itself was really original and although it wasn't hard to imagine how the story would end (who reads a romance hoping for a sad ending?!) I was captivated until the end and had to stifle some ugly happy sobs for fear of bewildering my toddler. I couldn't put this book down and it's left me with such a warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart.
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    One in a Million by Lindsay Kelk a five-star read that you will want to catch like a shooting star. I will be honest and admit I didn’t read anything about this book before I knew I needed to have it, I had read some other books by the author a while back and loved them so I knew as soon as I saw the name I had to have it, then I had readers remorse thinking will it be as good as I think it will be, will it live to the hype. I am so glad I did, it was way better than I thought. Annie Higgins, I One in a Million by Lindsay Kelk a five-star read that you will want to catch like a shooting star. I will be honest and admit I didn’t read anything about this book before I knew I needed to have it, I had read some other books by the author a while back and loved them so I knew as soon as I saw the name I had to have it, then I had readers remorse thinking will it be as good as I think it will be, will it live to the hype. I am so glad I did, it was way better than I thought. Annie Higgins, I adore you!!! What an amazing character, she will make you laugh and she will make you groan in frustration, but as you get to know her and learn her story you will love her. The other characters in the story play their parts Charlie, Martin, Miranda and Brian will all help to make the story deeper and Dr Samuel Page PhD (twice don’t you know, that just makes him all the more impressive) will keep you rolling with laughter. This story is one of love and acceptance of those around us as well as ourselves. Its funny and sweet and compelling in a way that you wont be able to put it down until you reach the last page.
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  • Jenn Webley
    January 1, 1970
    Hands up I’m a Kelkoholic. Love the I Heart Series.. plus every other book (my heart belongs with Angela though!) I read this in one sitting.. again, I admit I am a super fast reader (it’s a helpful skill) but I just didn’t want to stop reading this story. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and this was just what was needed. A gorgeous twist on a My Fair Lady-esq story for the modern age. The main characters had me laughing, heart broken and happy. It was perhaps easy to see where this was going, I’ Hands up I’m a Kelkoholic. Love the I Heart Series.. plus every other book (my heart belongs with Angela though!) I read this in one sitting.. again, I admit I am a super fast reader (it’s a helpful skill) but I just didn’t want to stop reading this story. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and this was just what was needed. A gorgeous twist on a My Fair Lady-esq story for the modern age. The main characters had me laughing, heart broken and happy. It was perhaps easy to see where this was going, I’m happy with that though - wouldn’t change it. I do feel like there was a lot of additional characters that appeared and disappeared and didn’t add much but I loved Wellington - that dude could have his own adventures! I recommend this book if you fancy a bit of happy in our social media driven world. It may even may you think about how much you are confined to you social media presence.
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  • Karen Cavanaugh
    January 1, 1970
    Annie Higgins, co-founder and CEO of social media agency Content London, takes on a bet from an ad agency owner in her office building: take the next tenant who walks through the door, and make them Instagram-famous in 30 days. Unfortunately for Annie, that tenant is Dr. Samuel Page, a semi-reclusive academic with an antipathy towards social media (and haircuts), who wants nothing to do with Annie or her bet. He does, however, want to get back together with his girlfriend, so Annie proposes a tr Annie Higgins, co-founder and CEO of social media agency Content London, takes on a bet from an ad agency owner in her office building: take the next tenant who walks through the door, and make them Instagram-famous in 30 days. Unfortunately for Annie, that tenant is Dr. Samuel Page, a semi-reclusive academic with an antipathy towards social media (and haircuts), who wants nothing to do with Annie or her bet. He does, however, want to get back together with his girlfriend, so Annie proposes a trade: if Sam lets Annie run his social media campaign, she will put him through a Boyfriend Bootcamp that will give him the best chance he has at restarting his relationship. What could go wrong? One in a Million is a sweet, hilarious, modern-day take on My Fair Lady, featuring a "Professor" Higgins that you will actually like.
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  • Jossie Marie Solheim
    January 1, 1970
    I found this one really slow to get into, but I can’t say if that was down to the book or the fact that I was in a bit of a reading funk. I’m going to assume the later, because once I was about quarter of the way through, I started to get hooked. This was a fun easy read, that had me chuckling and although I’d pretty much pegged how the story was going to pan out early on, it still managed to keep me engaged and even threw in the occasional curve ball. I’m pretty sure I’ve not read anything by t I found this one really slow to get into, but I can’t say if that was down to the book or the fact that I was in a bit of a reading funk. I’m going to assume the later, because once I was about quarter of the way through, I started to get hooked. This was a fun easy read, that had me chuckling and although I’d pretty much pegged how the story was going to pan out early on, it still managed to keep me engaged and even threw in the occasional curve ball. I’m pretty sure I’ve not read anything by this author before, but this one did end up on my keep shelf, which means I defiantly want to read it again, so it seems only right that I should sample some more of her work, once I get past my massive to read list, that is.
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  • Jennyh
    January 1, 1970
    Never one to dodge a challenge, digital marketer Annie is tasked with transforming the next person to walk through the door into an Instagram success with more than 20.000 followers. Historian Dr Page wants only to finish writing his book in peace and quiet. As the challenge proceeds is Annie too busy challenging herself to see that true happiness is within her reach?This is a light modern read with a strong feminist base. I loved the characters and the transformation. A modern day Pygmalion!
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