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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

REVIEW: About A Girl - Lindsey Kelk

About A Girl - Lindsey Kelk
About a Girl
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…
I loved this book. I absolutely loved it. In fact, I loved it so much that I'm now attempting to convince my bank account that we can afford a holiday to Hawaii, honest! I've only ever read one of Lindsey Kelk's book previously to this, and I'd completely forgotten what it was that made me impulse by the entire I Heart series after reading I Heart Christmas (backwards, I know). I'd forgotten how much Kelk makes me laugh out loud and I'd forgotten how her writing basically echoes how I talk in day to day life. Her characters are such potty mouths but I love them.

I absolutely adore Tess Brookes. I need a Tess Brookes in my life. On the same topic, I need an Amy too. She is absolutely fantastic. These ladies are two such real characters. I could picture them vividly and their friendship seemed so solid despite both of their many differences. I loved that they prove that opposites attract and they make for the most hilarious dialogue I've ever read. There wasn't anything I disliked about About a Girl. I thought everything was perfect. There isn't a page where you aren't cringing at something Tess has done, laughing at some situation that the characters have gotten themselves into, or shaking the book in frustration at the complicated love interest that is Nick Miller.

About a Girl trumps the I Heart book that I've read so far by a mile. I adored Tess so much and I loved how vivid Lindsey's world is in this book. Everything is so easily imaginable and it's been the perfect summer read. The book ended on a cliffhanger so you have no idea how relieved I am that I get to dive straight into What A Girl Wants. I'm so excited to read more of Tess' blunders and to see what the next book has in store for one of my favourite female characters of all time!

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