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The Burnout

Written by: Sophie Kinsella
Narrated by: Bessie Carter
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Publisher's Summary

Sparks fly in this delightful novel about two burned out professionals who meet at a ramshackle resort on the British seaside—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher.

“I devoured The Burnout in one greedy gulp. It’s funny, sad, relatable, and brilliantly done. Sophie Kinsella is the queen of romantic comedy.”—Jojo Moyes

She can do anything . . . just not everything.

Sasha has had it. She cannot bring herself to respond to another inane, “urgent” (but obviously not at all urgent) email or participate in the corporate employee joyfulness program. She hasn’t seen her friends in months. Sex? Seems like a lot of effort. Even cooking dinner takes far too much planning. Sasha has hit a wall.

Armed with good intentions to drink kale smoothies, try yoga, and find peace, she heads to the seaside resort she loved as a child. But it’s the off season, the hotel is in a dilapidated shambles, and she has to share the beach with the only other occupant: a grumpy guy named Finn, who seems as stressed as Sasha. How can she commune with nature when he’s sitting on her favorite rock, watching her? Nor can they agree on how best to alleviate their burnout (Sasha: manifesting, wild swimming; Finn: drinking whisky, getting pizza delivered to the beach).

When curious messages, seemingly addressed to Sasha and Finn, begin to appear on the beach, the two are forced to talk—about everything. How did they get so burned out? Can either of them remember something they used to love? (Answer: surfing!) And the question they try and fail to ignore: what does the energy between them—flaring even in the face of their bone-deep exhaustion—signify?

©2023 Sophie Kinsella (P)2023 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“I devoured The Burnout in one greedy gulp. It’s funny, sad, relatable, and brilliantly done. Sophie Kinsella is the queen of romantic comedy.”—Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Someone Else’s Shoes

“I’ll drop anything for a new Sophie Kinsella. The Burnout is hilarious, sparky and joyful—just the book you need if you’re desperate for a break. I loved seeing Sasha coming back to herself on the windswept beach at Rilston!”—Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare

“Kinsella’s long career in the rom-com is indicative of the kind of stories she truly wants to put out into the world: those that feature people like you . . . flawed heroines who make the best out of the wild and wacky journeys we all go through—at work, with our families, in love and in life.”Bustle

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Kinsella’s Best in Years!

This is now one of my favourite Kinsella books. I laughed and cried and it was so cute and just very enjoyable! The narrator did an excellent job with voices and accents and this one will definitely be a re-listen for me. Definitely recommend!

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Another awesome book by Sophie Kinsella

So relatable! I wish I'd meet the love of my life while recovering from burnout!

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ALL THE FUN WITHOUT BEING CHEESY !

Who knew a book called burnt out could be so relaxing and enjoyable to listen to! Simply beautiful!

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Excellent listen for boss babes

If you’ve ever felt the stress from a crazy job you will relate to this story. It’s keeps you engaged from beginning to end. I loved it.

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Good but not her best

This was my least favorite of her novels. Didn’t grab my attention as much and it wasn’t as funny as the others.

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Forgettable

It was so boring, I forced myself to finish it. I’m a fan of the author but creativity was lacking on this one.

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loved the discovery of self

loved the way the story was structured...burnout is real and many times we don't feel it till it burns us ....

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Feel good burnout survivor book

I’m mid burnout and this hit home! It was feel good and funny. Excellent read.

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This should be a movie

As a fellow burnout survivor, the beginning of this book was like something right from my own life. I loved the characters she introduced, with everyone becoming so vital to the story. The way she approaches Terry's dementia in such a respectful but realistic way was both endearing and heartbreaking, when you have loved someone with dementia. Thank you, Sophie. This might be your best book yet.

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Boring and slow

This was the first novel I read/listened to through audible from Sophie Kinsella. I found the story really boring, anti-climatic, and the only reason I followed through with it is because I used a credit to purchase this title and I didn’t want the purchase to go to waste. I wouldn’t recommend this title.

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