Sunday 22 September 2013

REVIEW: The Park Bench Test by Sarah Lefebve.

Title: The Park Bench Test.
Author: Sarah Lefebve.
ISBN: 9780007548613.
Publisher: HarperImpulse.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Release Date: September 12 2013.

How do you know when you’ve found Mr Right?

Aspiring journalist Becky Harper loves her boyfriend Alex, but she doesn’t think he’s Mr Right.

Her best friend Emma doesn’t believe in Mr Right – she’s just looking for a man who will stick around longer than her dad did.

Katie has found her Mr Right and is planning her September wedding with her two best friends.

Debut author Sarah Lefebve asked her own friends and family how they knew they had found the elusive Mr Right and then turned their honest – and often surprising – answers into this charming, emotional and downright funny romance about three friends and their search for Mr Right – if he even exists that is…


When I saw The Park Bench Test, I knew it’d be the kind of book I’d love – and it never let me down.

Sarah Lefebve has written an easy-to-read, light hearted, funny, sweet book. The Park Bench Test was the perfect chick-lit read, a real girly book full of romance, drama, heartache and humour.

I can see myself growing old with Alex. I can. I can see us sitting in our slippers, holding cups of cocoa, watching Countdown and re-runs of Heartbeat on UK Gold. But that means nothing really. I can see myself growing old with anyone if I look hard enough. Jude Law, for example, or Aidan from Sex & The City (lovely guy, can’t imagine what Carrie was thinking,) or that cute new doctor in Holby City. But just because you can see it, doesn’t mean it’s right, or that it’s going to happen – Jude might not feel the same way about me, for instance and, well, sadly Aidan isn’t even real.

But more importantly – not growing old with Alex – I can see that too.

I loved the characters! Becky especially, and Matt and James (the hunks, of course). I loved Becky’s humour and how she could be such a wreck at times – I also loved her love of Pringles (she says whilst writing the review and eating Pringles at the same time)!

The Park Bench Test was one of those books I just enjoyed the whole way through. I never really wanted to put it down.

Sarah Lefebve’s writing drew me in. The Park Bench Test was in a different style to a lot of books in the same genre, as the story really revolved around the article Becky needed to produce about how you know when you’ve found Mr Right. It could have simply been the drama and romance without featuring the article, but I think The Park Bench Test found its edge over other books in that genre by making it about the magazine article.

I loved the ending. The whole book had been leading up to that point (without giving anything away), and it seemed a fitting end. It wasn’t rushed, which is my pet-hate with books, and it tied things up really well.

I will admit, however, that I found The Park Bench Test quite predictable, and I guessed the main twist. A lot of the time, knowing what’s going to happen puts me off. But, I just loved the plot. I didn’t want the book to end and for me, that’s the sign of a great book.


*I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Easy to read and light sounds great, I dont have enough of that in my lineup

  2. Wow. This sounds great!!!


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