Book Review: Brooklyn Girls (Brooklyn Girls, #1) – Gemma Burgess

Brooklyn GirlsAt about 22% of reading this novel, I was ready to shelve this on my DNF list but I thought of taking a short break and then decided to go on with it and I’m sure glad I did because after clearing my head a bit, the whole thing finally picked up after that annoyingly stupid decision from the main character.

You see, Pia’s a 22-year old newly graduate from Brown who lives with four other friends in Brooklyn and is used to partying, casual sex, drugs and just doing whatever she wanted to do until her parents gave her an ultimatum. She could either stay in New York and be a responsible adult and support herself or come live with his parents to Zürich and leave her friends and New York.

My note says: You simply just don’t blurt out going into a business you are not familiar with, then get a loan from a loan shark, buy a nine thousand dollar food truck, and with no experience and no other means for other expenses. All in a day. But apparently, our MC’s Wonder Woman personified and she made it happen. I was just rolling my eyes at this point and thought it was just plain stupid period. [this was the 22% where I almost gave up on it]

So I went on with it because my note above turns out to be one of the main plot points (and is the major conflict) in the story. At 25% into the story, I’m happily turning each page.

Another thing that I would really like to just vent out here was the Eddie angle. There was no closure or whatsoever at all. I would’ve liked a much more detailed confrontation to be honest.

The whole story is very “chic-flick”, is on the predictable side but very easy to read and quite enjoyable most of the time. I’m not usually a fan of chic-romanc-sisterhood-friendship-shit but I got attached with the girls a bit at the end of the story.

So there, I’d definitely read the next installment of this series as I am hoping to see more of the girls and get an update on Pia and Aidan. I’d also like to hear more from Jonah – he’s such a lovely character! This is one of those books that reminds me during that stage in my life when I was also clueless as to what I was going to do. I guess we all have that at some point in our lives. In general, I’d say that this was a pretty satisfying read. I’m not sure if it’s for everyone since it’s on the chic-side and all but it’s a fun read just the same.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Published July 2nd 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin

About The Author
Gemma started writing anti-romantic comedies for girls who like chicklit that comforts and charms without the silly fluffy bits. She lives in Notting Hill in London, but grew up all over the place – mostly Hong Kong. She loves talking and writing, not necessarily in that order.

She also loves burgers, vodka, white-tipped Marlboro Lights, OK GO, Sixteen Candles, Lucky Jim, anything from Nora Ephron and Jilly Cooper, new wave music and clothes.

Email Gemma at gemma@gemmaburgess.com or get in touch with Sammie Rafique at Avon / Harper Collins, Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents (London) or Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management (New York).

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