Really Good, Actually

Really Good, Actually

Hardback Published on: 17/01/2023
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Really Good, Actually
We join Maggie at the end of her relationship as she embarks on a different and challenging new life. The author creates a very authentic story with a mix... READ MORE
Really Good, Actually
Heartbreaking, honest, and unflinching
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Maggie is going through a divorce at 29, and it's just about the worst thing that could h... READ MORE
Cat at Northallerton
Really Good, Actually
horrifyingly relatable and heartfelt
Monica Heisey's debut novel is possibly the single most relatable book I have ever read?? Reading this was a whirlwind of euphoria at being recognised and ... READ MORE
Rheannah Boyen
Really Good, Actually
Witty and modern
Monica’s debut is full of dry sarcasm and references to pop culture. The ramblings of Maggie’s internal monologues are hilarious and relatable, even though... READ MORE
Holly at Oldham
Really Good, Actually
Hilarious and painfully relatable!
Really Good, Actually. It was one of my favourite reads of 2022 and I haven’t stopped talking about it since. The Schitts’s Creek screenwriter delivers... READ MORE
Alison  Duncan
Really Good, Actually
Charming and witty
This isn't the usual genre that I read, but after seeing that Monica Heisey was one of the screenwriters on Schitt's Creek I was desperate to read this, an... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
Really Good, Actually
A Masterpiece of Comedic Writing
Written by one of the script writers for Schitt's Creek, I was initially hesitant about this. I hate books that you can clearly see have been written for f... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Really Good, Actually
Best book I've read this year
This debut novel by Monica Heisey is filled with humour and warmth. Protagonist Maggie, with all her idiosyncrasies and often questionable choices, speaks ... READ MORE


One of the most hotly anticipated, hilarious and addictive debut novels of 2023, from Schitt's Creek screenwriter and electric new voice in fiction, Monica Heisey. I feel like when you get a divorce everyone's wondering how you ruined it all, what made you so unbearable to be with. If your husband dies, at least people feel bad for you. Maggie's marriage has ended just 608 days after it started, but she's fine - she's doing really good, actually. Sure, she's alone for the first time in her life, can't afford her rent and her obscure PhD is going nowhere... but at the age of twenty-nine, Maggie is determined to embrace her new status as a Surprisingly Young Divorcee (TM). Soon she's taking up 'sadness hobbies' and getting back out there, sex-wise, oversharing in the group chat and drinking with her high-intensity new divorced friend Amy. As Maggie throws herself headlong into the chaos of her first year of divorce, she finds herself questioning everything, including: Why do we still get married? Did I fail before I even got started? How many Night Burgers until I'm happy? Laugh-out-loud funny, razor sharp and painfully relatable, Really Good, Actually is an irresistible debut novel about the uncertainties of modern love, friendship and happiness from a stunning new voice in fiction, Monica Heisey.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008511722
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 500g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 33 mm

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Really Good, Actually
Desperately funny..
Our narrator is Maggie, recently divorced and starting to navigate life by herself. Without realising how this will affect her life Maggie finds herself al... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Really Good, Actually
Broken relationships
Maggie is 28, and suffering the effects of a broken down relationship. Her rent is too expensive, and she is lost and lonely being on her own. The book ... READ MORE
Frances Heaton
Really Good, Actually
Started strong, then became mind-numbingly tedious
I thought, when I started this book, I was going to get a Bridget Jones-esque story; a lovable yet slightly dysfunctional singleton, trying to navigate the... READ MORE
Jay F
Really Good, Actually
Shouldn't be for me, but I liked it!
Maggie is a Grad Student, married, renting an apartment and owning a rescue cat - until suddenly she is on her own. When her husband leaves her Maggie bel... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Really Good, Actually
Heartache and humour
Really Good Actually by Monica Heisey. I give this book 3.75 stars An interesting and raw read with heartache and humour about losing your way in life aft... READ MORE
Really Good, Actually
Charmingly raw and funny
Really Good, Actually follows Maggie- recently divorced, recently cat-less and on the lookout for a new flat after her ex-husband moves out. Maggie is a... READ MORE
ashleigh Beames
Really Good, Actually
Raw humour and disaster women
Really Good, Actually follows Maggie- recently divorced, recently cat-less and on the lookout for a new flat after her ex-husband moves out. Maggie is a... READ MORE
ashleigh Beames
Really Good, Actually
Not Enjoyable, Not Humorous
About halfway through this book, the main character's friends can't stand her anymore, and the same became true for me as a reader. Her friends distance th... READ MORE
Kimberly Reader
Really Good, Actually
Mixed feelings
It's always tempting to *only* post about the books we love. Those that hooked us, enthralled us and stayed with us. But then we don't leave space for the ... READ MORE
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