The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali – Book Review

The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali – Book Review

The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali

The Big Event
Friendships Online Short Story Series Part One

Author – Anne John-Ligali
Publisher – Books and Authors Pub
Pages – 28
Released – 30th November 2017
Format – ebook
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and her friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

A short story about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A gorgeous venue, a room full of friends, what could possibly go wrong?

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Constance Jeffries, author, is attending a swanky party where she will finally get to meet all those ‘friends’ that she has corresponded with on social media for the last few years.

However, she soon learns that not everyone is as they seem online. From an author sending out posts that he’s just given away numerous copies of his book, when Constance can only see one person with it, to those that don’t seem to even want to talk to her, yet are happy to announce to the world that they have just had a great catch up with her – Lie, all lies.

Just as she is about to leave, disappointed with herself for believing these people were her friends, she finds friendship in a fellow author she didn’t expect.

The Big Event, might only be a very short story that took me just 10 minutes to read, but it has a powerful message about friendship.

Having been to a few social events and met people who I had spoken to and had a laugh with online, I can tell you that this book certainly rang true. Some people are just so false coming across all nice online and then being the complete opposite in person.

I enjoyed The Big Event immensely. The whole plot had me nodding along with how accurate Anne John-Ligali had written the scenes, I can only presume she has some first hand experience. I now can’t wait for part two.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Anne John Ligali

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007. Since then, Anne has been writing on and off and enjoys participating in writing groups. Twice in 2014, she proudly won the monthly Novelicious Pintrest Prompt Fiction Competition.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

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16 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    This sounds like a fun read! Great review, love the cover and will be adding to the TBR!

  2. Kiss Like a Girl says:

    I love the idea for this book. I’m sure everyone has at least a couple online friends these days.

  3. DJ Sakata says:

    I wants The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali – excellent review

  4. Tasha says:

    I want to read The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali. Great review.

  5. Heidi says:

    The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali sounds like a fun book! Great review!

  6. Nadia says:

    Isn’t it how that happens sometimes! People come across differently online and in the real world!
    Great review!

  7. Terri A. Wilson says:

    How true to life and time appropriate this story is. I have a group of friends I met online in 2005. About a dozen of us are still close and communicate via text on a daily basis. I’ve met all of them in real life and they were wonderful. However, some in the original group were not what they seemed.

  8. Great review, I am really intrigued by the concept of this book I might check it out one day. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  9. The book was brilliant. Hope you get a chance to read it.

  10. I know, she definitely has written a true to life fictional story.

  11. I hope you get to read it at some point. Thanks

  12. It certainly is. Thank you.

  13. It is very true, especially events I’ve been to.

  14. I’ve been there too, so I know exactly what you mean. I don’t understand why people can’t be themselves both on and off the internet.

  15. Thanks. I hope you get to read it someday. It is worth it.