Saturday, July 20, 2013

Die Young - A Review of Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess

Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess 

Good reads Blurb

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 startSkinnyWheels—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.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Pia and her roommates are twenty-something professionals living and working in New York City.  After starring in some NSFW photos on facebook, Pia is fired from the cushy PR job her parents had helped her get.  These same photos have also now made Pia completely unemployable.  After trying her hand at waitressing, Pia decides that what she should really do is start her own business operating a food truck. 

This was just 'meh' for me.  The voice of Pia was simply annoying.  And the whole cast of characters just seemed flat.  For a girl who lives in New York City, Pia seems rather naive.  I mean, she graduated from college, but when she had ZERO dollars and no job, she thought it would be a great idea to take out a $10,000 loan to start a business she knows nothing about.  I didn't hate it, but it also didn't hold my attention.  The whole time I was trying to read it I was constantly being tempted to read other things.

This book earned 2 out of 5 stars.  And a Kesha song.

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