Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess

 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

This book was a fun read for me and I read it on the plane to and from Orlando. This was my first New Adult novel I’ve read/owned and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The writing was relatable and I loved the sarcasm of the narrative.  

Pia, the main character, was a total “sassy bitch” (<--quote from my friend Zach), but I really grew to love her and she grew to love herself. Her roommates also grew as people which I think was because of Pia and her start of her new life with the food truck. Speaking of food trucks, this book made me hungry. The author put the menu of Skinny Wheels in the book and it made me make myself an all organic salad (just random fact…). The whole food truck business was great to read about and I’m glad that this character was doing that instead of a PR job.

The romance in the book was subtle and it was mostly just about Pia and her finding her own way in life and really taking care of herself and becoming an adult. I felt like she acted how any twenty-two year old would and I really liked following her journey. Although this was a great read for me, I felt there were still some scenes that were overdone and that’s what makes this book a 3.5 star for me. I can’t wait to see what happens next to the Brooklyn girls though!

Source: Publisher in exchange for review


  1. Well, Danna, this looks a little like the Capital Girls series
    But i am adding it to my TBR
    YOUR reader,

  2. I enjoy sarcastic, sassy wit. I've seen this one a few times and I'm really interested. Thanks for the great review.

  3. I do love a good romance that doesn't take over the entire plot. Sounds like it also has some humor in it :) Great review, and thanks for stopping by my blog!


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