Book Review : About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

August 8, 2014 Book review 1 ★★★

I was excited when I saw Lindsey Kelk had a new book out as I just love her I heart series.   This book doesn’t quite match up to that series for me but I had great fun reading it. It’s high in drama, high on silliness and will make you yearn to be on a beach in Hawaii with the love of your life. Think of it as a chill pill in the form of a book!

Book Review : About a Girl by Lindsey KelkAbout A Girl by Lindsey Kelk
Published by Harper on 4 July 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Women, Friendship, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
three-stars

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…(

First Line of About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

“I never meant for things to get so out of hand.”

My Thoughts on About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk:

This is a great book for when you want a light book that will deliver lots of laughs. Think fun, fluffy and frothy. Who doesn’t need some of that in their book life? I know I do. Sometimes chick-lit is met with a literary snobbishness but not from me. I love a warm, frivolous book and that is exactly what you’ll get here.

Lindsey has an irresistible form of witticism in her writing tone. It is sharp, amusing and always reduces me to giggling with the intensity of a teenage girl. I will admit that it can all get a bit unrealistic but *shrugs* that doesn’t bother me in the slightest as all I want is a bit of fun, romantic escapism.

Tess is the main character and her life has taken multiple turns for the worst. All the things that can go wrong, have gone wrong. So what’s a girl to do? Well, impersonating someone and taking their job in Hawaii is one answer to that. Not the first that comes to mind and maybe it’s all a bit too convenient that Tess gets the chance to do just that but damn it all, it’s FUN!

Sun, sea, sand and a swoony but elusive work colleague await her there. Expect lots of confusion, minor calamities, crossed wires and kissing. Sounds ok to me! I loved the Hawaiian setting as it added an exotic twist to the book and this is a book that begs you to read it on a beach with a cocktail in your hand.

The characters are well developed. Admittedly Tess gets a bit whiny at times but she is having a twenties crisis, she is allowed. And I can’t deny that the plot is predicable but then again this book is all about the journey and not the destination. I enjoyed the pace of the book and I was so in to the characters and their comedy capers that the predictability wasn’t an issue

About A Girl is a book where the cover is a great indication of the content. It’s colourful, playful and girly just like what’s inside the covers. That’s what I wanted and that’s what I got.

 

Rating Report
Characters
three-half-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

 

Who should read About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk:

If you like humorous chick-lit books or chick-lit movies; then I think you’d really enjoy this one. Or if you are looking for a fun, romantic read to curl up with on a lounger on a sunny day or a couch on a wet one; this is for you. Fans of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Sinead Moriarty should also enjoy.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-stars

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