Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Review! About A Girl by Lindsey Kelk

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 accidentally 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…

Well you saw what happened when I went to get my copy of this signed, and met its lovely author, now here's what happened when I actually read the book...

Review: I was very excited about the release of this new novel from Lindsey Kelk, i am a massive fan of her writing and so I was looking forward to another stand alone novel from her, having loved The Single Girl's to do List. We are thrown straight into the action, with our main character losing her job, her boyfriend and not receiving the support she might have expected from her family. I love a book that throws you right into the action to begin with and so I was hooked right from the word go.

The character of Tess was fabulous. She was pretty spontaneous and yet often lived to regret her decision afterwards, but ultimately, she did what many of us would love to do-she was selfish! She decided that she had had enough of her bad luck whilst trying to please everybody else, and took matters into her own hands, jetting off to sunny Hawaii, taking advantage of her horrible flat ate and ditching her friends in the process. This made me really warm to her and I found her very pleasant to spend a novel with!

Lindsey Kelk always writes a rather fabulous beat friend too, and this novel is no exception to the rule. Tess has two best friends, one of whom she happens to be in love with, or so she thinks, and the other of whom is a fun, fearless female. At one point in the novel best friend Amy takes no horrible flat ate Vanessa, wearing a snoopy t-shirt and hot pink knee-high socks! I love her for this! Tess also gains another BFF when she arrives in Hawaii, in the form of Paige, a creative from the magazine she is loosing as Vanessa for. She soon takes on the role of Amy in Tess's Hawaiian life, and leads mot some interesting storylines for the both of them!

I can't go any further without mentioning the fabulous setting! Whilst this book begins in the UK, it quickly moves over to a tropical Hawaii island where Tess indulges in fabulous cocktails, long walks on they beach and boat rides around the island. To say I was jealous was an understatement! But to say I was jealous, shows just how well the setting is laid out to me as a reader, I felt like I was there on the beach with Tess. It was perfect reading for this spell of hot weather.

This is definitely another hit for Ms Kelk! It has fabulous characters, a great storyline and a delicious setting, it is the perfect read for summer and definitely something people will enjoy, whether they are a fan of this author already or not. The BEST part of the book for me though, was the ending. This novel actually ends on a cliffhanger...Tess has some big decisions to make and Lindsey had admitted herself, sap that even she doesn't know what decision is going to win! We will just have to wait until next summer for the next book to find out! 

If you haven't read Lindsey Kelk before, this is great place to start. You can click here to buy the book.

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