Book Review: Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone, Gemma Crisp

Last year, we followed Nina Morey’s rise and fall as a monthly magazine editor in “Be Careful What You Wish For”, and now she’s back in “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone”, this time as the editor of weekly gossip mag “Juice”.


After overcoming her battle with alcoholism and jumping back into the magazine sphere, Nina thinks her life is finally back on track. But all of a sudden her BFFs are all pregnant and seriously Baby Obsessed, while she’s still enjoying the single life. Throw in a reality TV show (hello, Park Street) and Nina realises life in the Editor’s chair isn’t nearly as glossy as it may seem.

Drawing on inspiration from her time as Editor of DOLLY and Cleo magazines, as well as her time working on weekly gossip titles such as OK! and NW, Gemma Crisp perfectly fictionalises the dramatic world that lies behind the covers of your favourite magazines. With a page-turning mix of relationship drama, and dealing with friends at different life stages to you, she absolutely encapsulates the life of a twenty-something Sydney girl, albeit one with a job we’d all die for.

One of my favourite things about Crisp’s writing is that she doesn’t shy away from serious issues. Her first novel dealt with Alcoholism and Mental Illness in a frank and real way, and “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” continues the trend. This time around, Nina’s glamorous stylist friend has a Self Harm problem, which is written about responsibly and realistically. Kudos to Gemma for tackling a subject that is often ignored, especially when writing about adults and not melodramatic teens.

You don’t need to have read “Be Careful What You Wish For” to enjoy this new novel, but if you’re looking for another excellent book to add to your Summer Stash, you won’t go wrong with it.

“Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” is the perfect summer beach read, especially if you’re a total mag-addict like myself.

Warning: “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” contains numerous references to Self Harm which have the potential to be extremely triggering and confronting. Read with caution if this is an issue which may affect you. 

Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Allen&Unwin
Pages: 279
RRP: $24.99
Author: Gemma Crisp can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @theshowpony

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