Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Recent Book Review

It's time for the monthly book round-up. 

Love and Chaos By: Gemma Burgess (Brooklyn Girls Two)
It's hard to believe but I think I may heave enjoyed this book even more than the first. The second installment follows Angie, an aspiring fashion designer, whose 23 birthday is looming and is a constant reminder of all the things she had yet to accomplish. I would say the plot is definitely less eventful then Pia's story, which included a loan shark, handsome British man, and family drama, but Angie's world was still very intriguing. But I think the reason I preferred this installment, slightly, over the original is her relationship with the perfect man, Sam. Burgess does a great job of capturing what life for a young 20 something living in New York is really like. I particularly love that she doesn't sugarcoat anything and really exhibits all of the different struggles girls face. Her stories are extremely realistic and relatable but also somehow are up lifting. The way she culminates each story arch is perfect and still leaves enough loose ends untied so that you want to follow these girls stories farther. Can't wait for number three!

Like last year I think I may need to demote my book goal for this year to 20 again. I've been stuck in the middle of the following book for awhile now (I've finished enough to give a pretty comprehensive synopsis for you though).

How to be Single By: Liz Tuccillo

First off, don't let the title fool you, this is not a crazy self help book, it's actually a work of fiction. I recently read an article about how Drew Barrymore had signed on to direct the film adaptation of the book and was intrigued. Drew's production company produced the film version of He's Just Not That Into You and the article I read said this novel had a similar premise. So since that's one of my favorite movies (for more reasons that the fact that Bradley Cooper is in it) I wanted to put check this book off my list before the movie came out. I read someone's synopsis on Good Reads describing this book as He's Just Not That Into You meets Eat, Pray, Love (which you may remember is my hands down favorite book). This is description is dead on. It's a story of five single women in their late thirties, living in New York. The main character, and narrator, Julie assembles this unlikely cast of characters in hope of cheering up her newly sinkage friend Georgia, whose husband has just left her for another woman. After a wild night out on the town Julie, who works in publicity for self help books, decides to investigate how single women all over the world live their lives and whether or not they have any secrets that American women don't know. What's interesting is that Julie's book isn't about how to land a man, it's about how to live your single life to the fullest, which I think is a pretty unique idea. She buys an around-the-world ticket and begins interviewing single women in different countries, and of course meets some handsome men along the way. The book is funny and interesting and offers a pretty new perspective on being single.

While the premise of the book is very interesting, it doesn't have a huge plot. It's pretty much an account of four women's lives over a snapshot of a few months. I'm trying to trudge through it so that I can move on to the next but I haven't really been motivated. So fingers crossed I buckle down and check this one off my list soon. 

Read anything noteworthy recently? 


  1. thanks for the suggestions, I've been searching for a new subway read!

  2. Definitely adding these to the reading list...my favorite thing to do during summer is to read and I have been dying for a new book!


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