Book Review : Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess

October 10, 2013 Book review 11 ★★★★

Brooklyn Girls was so much fun but at the same time it was so much more that I expected. Think The Babysitters Club with a NA grown up feel to it.

Book Review : Brooklyn Girls by Gemma BurgessBrooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess
Series: Brooklyn #1
Published by St Martins Press on 2 July 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Fantastically funny, fresh and utterly relatable, Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess is the first novel in her brand new series about five twenty-something friends—Pia, Angie, Julia, Coco and Madeleine—sharing a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and discovering the ups and downs and ins and outs of  their “semi-adult” lives. The first story belongs to sophisticated, spoiled, and stylish Pia, who finds herself completely unemployed, unemployable, and broke. So what is a recent grad with an art history degree and an unfortunate history of Facebook topless photos to do? Start a food truck business of course!

Pia takes on the surprisingly cutthroat Brooklyn world of hybrid lettuce growers, artisanal yogurt makers and homemade butter producers to start SkinnyWheels—all while dealing with hipster bees, one-night-stands, heartbreak, parental fury, wild parties, revenge, jail, loan sharks, playboys, karaoke, true love, and one adorable pink food truck. And that's without counting her roommates' problems, too. Gemma Burgess has captured the confusion, hilarity and excitement of the post-graduate years against a backdrop of the pressures and chaos of New York City life, with heartfelt empathy, fast humor and sharp honesty.

A charming debut series about five twenty-something girls and the humor, heartbreak, and drama that bring them together

My Recap :

Brooklyn Girls is set in Brooklyn (no shocker there!). Five girl friends in their early twenties share a house and secrets and fun times. This book follows Pia who quickly loses her job, her reputation and her pride. Not deterred by that, she buys a pink truck and starts a new career running a healthy food truck around New York.

My Thoughts :

This book is all about girl power and friendships. All the girls are at the stage just after college and trying to get started in their careers. After all those years studying, they are at the bottom of the food chain again and reality bites. I remember how hard that stage was, I felt so frustrated at the backward step my life seemed to have taken and so scared that I had made the wrong choices and now I was stuck doing something I hated for the rest of my life.

This book really captures that stage post college stage so well. And I was a bit surprised at that as I was expecting something a bit pinker and fluffier just by reading the back of the book. It touches on racism, identity, confidence and so many other relevant issues in a meaningful and honest way.  However it effortlessly combines this along with all the fun times that the book also delivers on.

And mark my words, this book is hilarious. I loved the girls, especially Pia. She is so sassy and always has a smart answer at the ready. She has her failings –  cockmonkeys aka players and her maths skills  – to name two huge ones. However, I love her development in this book and the way she realises that all she really wants to be is a better Pia. I get that, I always want to be a better Trish, still me, but shinier and better! Pia kicks off the book like a party animal, slowly and surely finds her passion but all the while maintaining her sense of fun and enthusiasm.

“I close my eyes, trying to remember last night. It was worryingly hard. I was feeling meh after Thompson (this cockmonkey I’ve been dating, well sleeping with) ignored my text (Hola, Bodacious party. Bring smokes if you can…..) 
Good text, right? Ironic use of passé slang, trailing ellipses rather than a lame smiley face, etc.). And rejection was not a good look for me. Not on August 26.”

It looks like there will be a book for each character which I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to learn more about each the friends. Especially Coco who is a girl after my own heart. When a crazy party was going on, she carried all her books up to her room to make sure they didn’t get harmed and she comfort reads children’s books. Coco is my kind of girl.

I have to say I wasn’t a fan of the way Pia’s parents were portrayed, it just seemed a bit ott and unrealistic. The only real downside for me. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable book.

Who should read Brooklyn Girls :

Highly recommended to all who enjoy NA style books and especially to those who like their NA books with a heavy dose of humour.


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11 Responses to “Book Review : Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess”

  1. Wendy @ Book Scents

    This sounds like something I’d love to read! I’m not sure if I was ever in that post-college phase… unless you count the summer after undergrad and before dental school where my biggest accomplishment was watching six (yes, SIX) seasons of 24. But I like reading about post-college people because I still feel like I can identify! I want to check this out!!
    Wendy @ Book Scents recently posted…Review: Only For You by Genna Rulon

    • trish

      I think you would love it Wendy, it’s funny and the setting is great. That sounds like a lot of school but you are nearly finished now aren’t you? It will all be worth it! And *mumbles* I haven’t seen 24 yet! And I know everyone raves about it so I must check it out sometime.

    • trish

      Such a fun read, I’m sure you would love this one Kim. Friends, growth, discovery and romance, now that’s how I like my NA books 🙂 I much prefer this kind to the ones filled with OTT drama.

  2. Rashika

    I actually saw this book and didn’t know if I wanted to read it, after your review though I DEFINITELY want to. 😀
    Great Review 🙂

  3. trish

    Next time you want a funny, feel good book this one would be a great choice. I think you’d love it as much as I did.

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