Book Review: Olive - Emma Gannon

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Olive is many things, and it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.

Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, Olive has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.


I absolutely adored this book! I found Olive so likeable and relatable despite now sharing all of her views. It was so refreshing to see a 30 something question things we are told are just the way things go. I did find some of her friends a little self-centred and selfish however as we see them through Olives perspective it’s probably about right for that moment in her life!

I was already a big Emma Gannon fan treating the Multi-Hyphen Method as a bible (I even chose it for Episode one of the podcast!) so I’m a little annoyed with myself for having this on my shelf for so long!

An interesting, humorous look at modern life and the many obstacles and hurdles women face when deciding whether or not to have a baby.

P.S. I ended up listening to it on audiobook and the actors voice is lovely! Definitely recommend


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