Double Booked by Lily Lindon
Published: June 9th 2022 by Aria
Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Genre: Adult // LGBT, Contemporary, Romance
Quick Thoughts: This fun, punchy read with characters that have a wicked sense of humour, is a perfect weekend read for all twenty-somethings.
About The Book:
Gina is about to marry her boyfriend.
George is about to join a cult lesbian pop band.
Gina and George are the same person.
No wonder Georgina is DOUBLE BOOKED
A fresh, timely and genuinely laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a sensible young woman in a long-term relationship who realises she’s bisexual.
Georgina is a sensible 26-year-old with a routine: 1) schedule dates with long-term boyfriend, 2) teach piano to inept children, and 3) repeat until dead. Perfect.
But when one night she deviates from her usual timetable and sees the indie lesbian pop band Phase, Georgina realises: 1) she longs to play her own music again, 2) she wants to be just like them, and 3) their drummer is really hot…
Scared of losing her happy straight life, but feeling a new sense of belonging in the gay scene, she does what any rational person would do: she splits herself in two. She’ll be Gina by day, George by night. It’s going to take painstaking scheduling, a versatile wardrobe, and an ambiguous haircut, but maybe Georgina really can have both?
I hadn’t heard of Double Booked before I was approached by the Aria team about reading it, but as soon as I read the description, I was SOLD. I am and always will be a sucker for a romantic read with a pretty cover.
Georgina, aka Gina/George, is a pragmatic, smart twenty six year old with a life that has been shaped in order. Not only is her routine perfectly timed, but she doesn’t like to break it, either. Only, when she decides (or is persuaded) by her best friend Soph into going on a night out to see an indie lesbian pop-band called Phase, it changes Georgina’s life trajectory as she knows it.
She has always loved playing piano, teaching instead of doing—but that all changes overnight. Suddenly, she finds her life shifting into separate directions, one where she’s Gina—her old self—and another where she is George, the newest member of the band who is deeply questioning her sexuality and whether her feelings for Phase’s drummer are more than a simple crush and what that means for her relationship with her boyfriend. But splitting herself in two can only work for so long, and she soon finds herself feeling torn about where her life is going—and what that means for those Gina and George hold dear.
Overall, once I really got into the book, maybe about midway, was when I really began to love where it was going, whereas early on there’s a bit of world-building (that is needed) where I was trying to see how it would pan out. I loved the friendship between Georgina and Soph, and I felt that the way the author wrote Georgina discovering and working out her sexuality quite honest and well-done. There were a few bits that were a bit stereotypical/cliché, but these didn’t overpower the altogether eminence of the book. But as a whole, Double Booked was a fun, punchy read with characters that had a wicked sense of humour, and was an overall perfect weekend read for all twenty-somethings. Four shiny stars!
Lily Lindon is a writer and editor living in London. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University, and was part of the Footlights comedy group. She was an Editor at Vintage, Penguin Random House, before joining The Novelry. DOUBLE BOOKED is her debut novel.