Title: About a Girl
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Series: #1 A Girl
Tess Brookes has her life planned out. She works a crazy amount of hours for her job to receive the promotion she’s been dreaming of and although her best friend of ten years Charlie hasn’t noticed her yet, she’s convinced she’ll end up marrying him and live the happily ever after. That is, until the plan falls dramatically apart. After answering a phone call meant for her annoyingly stupid and bitchy roommate Vanessa, Tess decides to take the job and become Vanessa, traveling across the world to Hawaii, leaving the plan behind. What she doesn’t know, is that she’ll find a new Tess in Hawaii, a Tess that might change her life forever.
About a Girl is Lindsey Kelk’s first book in a new series and with her international I Heart-series being a hit, she’s set the bar high; extremely high for herself. Kelk is my favourite Chick-Lit author and with Alex having been my book boyfriend for such a long time, I wondered if Kelk could add another book boyfriend to the list with this brand new series and bring back the humour and adventures I fell in love with in her other books.
Of course, having read Kelk’s other books, I couldn’t resist comparing them, especially when they are all written in the same genre that, like it or not, has a few elements that are bound to reappear. Just like the I heart-series, our protagonist has to deal with her life falling apart, forcing her to reassess previous goals. Instead of dealing with this in a more acceptable and convenient way, the protagonist runs off to a different continent (Angela ran to New York, Tess goes to Hawaii). And just like Angela in the I Heart-series, there’s not one man but two added to the whirlpool of figuring out what to do next in Tess’ life and making everything a tad more difficult.
But that’s where all comparison stops. Whereas Angela tries to forget about her cheating boyfriend and meets two different men in New York, Tess is not forgetting her best friend while she meets cocky but handsome journalist Nick who’s everything that Charlie isn’t. Unlike the I Heart-series where I instantaneously fell in love with Alex, I couldn’t make up my mind between bad boy Nick and cute and loyal Charlie. This time, Tess creates her own mess right from the start, waving a web of lies that she might regret in the end. She will have to face the consequences of her impulsive decisions and whatever may or may not happen, that’s entirely up to you to find out.
Naturally, this wouldn’t be a Kelk book without some added drama that includes “fairy godmuggers” and “cockwombles” and some disrespect to the iPhone industry. Truly inspirational, that Tess. She’s funny and impulsive and loses her train of thought on more than one occasion until Tess believes she can be a person she’s clearly not (e.g. Tess the cocktail drinker and then, expressively retching to show how she’s not a cocktail drinker and won’t become one in the near future). It’s Tess but so much like Kelk too and why I love her books so much.
Kelk combines humour with drama and a few male characters along the journey that, not unlike her other books, About a Girl is the perfect read when you need an escape from reality and want to cuddle on your sofa when it’s snowing outside and you need to remind yourself that there is a place where temperatures above freezing point are possible…and if you come across this series during the summer, take it along for a nice, relaxing beach read!
Once you’ve finished reading this book, you can continue Tess’ adventure in What a Girl Wants, where the story takes place in fashion city Milan.
Have you read this book? Are you team Nick or team Charlie? Who do you think Tess will end up with? Would you choose for a new exciting life or would you rather stick to what you know and feel comfortable with?
More from Lindsey Kelk:
I Heart Series
A Girl Series