Book Review: ‘Chasing Chris Campbell’ by Genevieve Gannon

Title: Chasing Chris Campbell                                         gen

Author: Genevieve Gannon

ISBN: 9781460704714

Published: June 1st 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Genre:  Romance, Chick Lit

Source: I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4/5 stars


The hilarious and charming second novel from the author of Husband Hunters. For fans of The Rosie Project, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and all good rom-coms.

Violet is saving money: living on rice and beans and denying herself chocolate eclairs all in the name of saving for a home deposit. Once they save enough, she and Michael can buy a house, settle down and live happily ever after. But when Michael does the unthinkable, Violet is forced to rethink her life choices.

A chance encounter with Chris Campbell (first love, boy-next-door, The One That Got Away) spurs her into travelling to exotic locations she never dreamed she’d explore – Hong Kong, Vietnam, Varanasi – on a quest to catch up with Chris and lead a life of adventure. Armed with hand sanitiser and the encouraging texts of her twin sister Cassandra, will Violet find true love before it’s too late? Or will the nerve-wracking experience of travelling send her back to Melbourne in search of safety and stability? Can she work out what she really wants before she is left with nothing?

My Thoughts:

Chasing Chris Campbell is Genevieve Gannon’s second novel which is just as fun to read as her debut novel, Husband Hunters. When Violet breaks up with her penny-pinching fiance`, Michael, her life seems to be at a bit of a cross-roads. She hates her job and doesn’t really seem to know what to do next. Until her high school sweetheart, Chris Campbell, enters the scene again.

Violet decides to follow Chris on his never-ending overseas adventures, but she needs to catch in the right country first. He always seems to be one step ahead of her and incredibly vague about making arrangements. Nevertheless, Violet decides to put aside her fussy germophobe tendencies to follow Chris from Hong Kong to Vietnam, and then to Varnassi, all in the name of love.

Chasing Chris Campbell is a fun, lighthearted read and I particularly enjoyed reading about all of the different places that Violet and Chris visited. This is the perfect novel to take along and read at the beach. Yay for Summer and sunny days ahead!



Genevieve Gannon wrote a particularly interesting article Executive Style titled Chick lit: men might just love it which challenges male readers to give the chick lit genre a try sometime. I know that there are lot of male readers and writers here on WordPress so I’m wondering, how many male readers are out there who enjoy a good chick lit novel?




9 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Chasing Chris Campbell’ by Genevieve Gannon

  1. In answer to your question………. I have, but I have to admit that it happened by mistake. I too was asked to give an honest review [no one actually said that, but I took it ‘as written’] I read and reviewed ‘The Bit In Between’ and liked it a lot. I didn’t know what it was about, but I knew it had an unusual start in life and was a first novel by a person in my home city…….. more than enough for me to give it a go. In the end, the thing that holds my attention is good writing. It does make me angry when filmmakers and writers ‘dumb the story down’ when it comes to ‘Chic Lit’. Why? Most of the women I know are heaps smarter than I am, so why not write for women with an attitude that they are smart and love good characters as much as I do?
    I don’t know the answer, but it would help if a good, well-written book was marketed as such.
    I enjoyed your review and thank you for visiting my site.

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    • Hi Terry,

      Thank you for being brave enough to admit that you gave chick lit a try and enjoyed it. I was beginning to worry that no guys would admit to it in public! I think that it’s like any genre with some really great books and some really terrible ones but a lot of people have that impression that it’s all very girly and dumbed down. The author of this book does a really great job of writing clever female characters, probably because she’s pretty clever herself 🙂


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