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Book Review: The Wild One (Brooklyn Girls, #3) – Gemma Burgess

The Wild One[This review contain spoiler-ish ranting so proceed at your own risk] I’m very happy that this third book is finally about Coco. I loved Coco and her always-happy character and I’ve been dying to read her story since the first book! Here, Coco narrates her feelings on living in Brooklyn with her sister and three other friends, her job as an assistant preschool teacher and her quest for her one true love.

To easily understand Coco, you need to know three things on her “Happy List”

  1. She wants to be thin.
  2. She wants to fall in love.
  3. She wants to figure out what I’m going to do with the rest of my damn life.

Uhm, yes. Apparently, Coco has some body issue and many other things that make me want to shake her so bad because she just got everything wrong and I’m glad that she decided to finally take some control and speak up!

The first half of the story will make your blood-pressure gettin’ out of control because of so many reasons especially if you’ve been following the girls since the first book. I will mention a few of ‘em. Pia – gawd, I just wanna smack her into oblivion. Really, Miss Burgess – was that even necessary? Pia who professed to be crazy, madly in love with Aidan and that happened? I was like – fucking fuck! One of my biggest pet peeves! Ack! Ack! I’m never gonna like Pia again. Never. What a sl**. Okay, that was my rant number one which I just really need to vent out.

Number 2. Julia. You are a crazy control freak. Yes, you and your dad are trying to protect Coco but jeez, she’s 21 for fuck’s sake! I was like rolling my eyes all over that scene where they had this family meeting and don’t even get me started with that Topher guy. Really, that’s it? Where are the “avengers?” when you needed them?

And where the hell was Sam in this story? After that ending in the second book, you’d give us a page of him and that’s it? I feel like pulling all my hair everywhere because it’s just so frustrating. I understand that this was Coco’s time to shine but man’ really? Why’d you do that to us???

Let’s go to the positive side of this third book. Joe. Glorious Irish-Joe. I loved Joe. I am in love with his character. I daresay he’s the best thing to ever happen in this book. I loved their whole set-up and the chemistry between him and Coco was too adorbs! I feel like he’s the saving grace of this whole book.

At the end of the book, we still got the same Coco. I wished the change in her was drastic. She was still very forgiving (teehee sorry I just have to write this one – I think I’ve some anger management issue LOL and I want ‘em girls to really served it with the guys and not just some lame revenge kind of thing) and very much the same Coco with a new goal and a hot new boyfriend. It was a fun read nonetheless. Will I be reading more from this series? Yes, I’d love to read something from Madeleine and see the development with the rest of the girls’ respective relationships.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: November 10th 2015 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).

An ARC was provided by the published via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Book Review: Love And Chaos (Brooklyn Girls, #2) – Gemma Burgess

Love And ChaosI’ve actually enjoyed reading this more than the first book in the series. I feel like I could relate more with Angie’s story than Pia’s. It’s probably because it’s less incredulous than Pia’s histrionics and more focused on the romance this time. Aside from the still very much centered theme of BFF’s forever amongst the girls, we get to see more of the main character’s love interest. I loved Angie’s characterization because it’s very real and more likable. I’m not saying I don’t like Pia – obviously I do but Miss Burgess obviously made the other girls “less visible” here and I liked it.

If you’ve not read the first book, the series centers on five young female adults living in Brooklyn and their quest to find their own place in the world of adulthood. This second installment focuses on Angie, an aspiring fashion designer who’s BFF with Pia (from the first book) and at the age of 22 is still struggling to find a career that obviously involves fashion. Add all the drama about her parents’ divorce, her nasty “rich friends” and a bit of misunderstanding with the girls, love and chaos ensues that will ultimately leave a lesson or two to Angie and the girls.

“Never cry over anything that won’t cry over you”

I seriously loved Angie’s story. It was like a season taken from the “Gossip Girl” but somehow, more relatable. It’s like I could see Angie in me when I was young. The feeling of time suffocating you and the past trying to get the best of you at the same time. I was in that situation at one point in my life and I think being / acting crazy like Angie was the one approach I did to combat that feeling. I know it was immature but I think it’s safe to say the majority will agree with me – we learn from these crazy experiences and end up regretting a lot of things.

“Regret… it’ll kill you. Out of all the negative emotions, regret is the one that will get its claws into your soul.”

Back to the book, a few things ticked me off in it. The first one was Pia and Aidan’s relationship. I really don’t get it. Both are career-driven and madly in love with each other. No one wanted to sacrifice and I salute the author for that decision where Pia didn’t try to follow Aidan to California but I want a bit more progress from them at least. Jeez, I am so disappointed with Pia acting all crazy in this book and Aidan being a cockmonkey about leaving. I’m not even going to mention their reunion because I know something’s not pleasant about to happen in the next book. See, I’m not a big fan of long distance relationship.

Secondly, the whole thing about Stef was just easily dealt with. What’s up with that? Slap him and destroy his beloved Ferrari? Really? That’s it? Cmon’ gimme some good butt kicking here. I was totally rolling my eyes at this scene. And can I just say I do not like this “Bad Blood” theme going on with the girls where they end up becoming some sort of “Avenger” – it’s a bit immature in a book where they’re trying to show that they’re growing up. Uhm, no. Just no.

I am also disappointed with Jonah not getting much spotlight here because he’s such a lovely character during the first book. I guess, it’s a total goodbye for his character. *sigh*

And that ending. Ugh. Really? After that last kiss – the guy has to leave and that’s it??? I want more Sam in the third book!!!!

Aside from these little complaints / criticisms, I really did enjoy this book and I’m looking forward to reading the third installment. I’m hoping that it’ll Coco’s story next time. Julia and Maddy doesn’t interest me much at this point so I’m hoping that next book will convinced me to like them as much as the rest of the girls. To my girl friends’ do try this lovely series and maybe you can learn a thing or two from it. *wink*

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published February 25th 2014 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).

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).