Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review: About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: July 16th, 2013 and will be published in the US on April 14th, 2015!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Synopsis: I’d lost my job. I’d lost the love of my life. My mum wasn’t talking to me. My best friend was epically pissed off. And my flatmate probably had a hit out on me by now. I never meant for things to get so out of hand…

Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when her carefully constructed Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, why shouldn’t she try out being Vanessa? With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble – she isn’t a photographer, she isn’t Vanessa, and the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster.

Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…

What I Thought:

Guess whose owned a copy of this book for well over a year and hasn't read it yet only to read it as an eARC?  If you guessed me, then pat yourself on the back, you guessed right!  This is another one of those times when I wonder why I waited so long to read a book.  If you can't tell, I really enjoyed this book.  It was originally published as a standalone, but there's a sequel coming out next year and I can't wait to read it!

I really liked Tess.  She was very easy to relate to.  I loved how she could have easily been every woman. She loved her best friend for so many years, worked very hard at her job, and put up with her horrible room mate.  I don't know about you, but I can relate to one or more of those.  I liked how Tess knew she wasn't doing the right thing, but once she committed herself to not being her self, she went all in.  

I can't say I was surprised by any of the plot twists that happened.  The book wasn't predictable either.  For me, I was so engrossed in what was happening with Tess and how she was going to handle everything, I stopped caring about being surprised and just focused on the story. I particularly loved the descriptions of the locales.  I wanted to jump on a plane and be there.  My favorite Lindsey Kelk books have been her stand alone titles and I'm so glad I can add this one to that list.  I can't wait to see what job and which man Tess chooses.  I have my favorite and hope she'll pick him.  

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About the Author
Lindsey Kelk is a British writer and used to be a children’s book editor. When she isn’t writing, reading, listening to music or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes and judge the shoes of others. She loves living in New York but misses Sherbert Fountains, London and drinking Gin & Elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order.
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* A copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*  

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