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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 ...
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
“Entertaining.”—New York Daily News, “The Summer’s Best Beach Reads”
“Hilarious and touching, this is a page-turner that will leave readers wanting more!”—Romantic Times
“In this fun, frothy read about making it in the Big Apple, twentysomething Pia is the proud owner of Skinnywheels, a pink food truck. You’ll gobble up her misadventures in navigating the cutthroat world of hipster organic farmers and fending off Bianca, a sneaky ex-colleague out to steal her business plan.”—Fitness Magazine
"I tore through this hilarious book, laughing out loud and realizing more than once that my jaw had dropped open. Gemma has created a witty and wonderful world of surprising modern heroines." —Joanna Goddard, Cup Of Jo
"Gemma Burgess delivers a hilarious, true-to-life story about twenty-somethings living their not-so-dream-lives in Brooklyn with razor-sharp wit, unflinching honesty, and a warm heart. Brooklyn Girls is a must-read." —Cara Lockwood, USA Today bestselling author of I Do (But I Don’t)
“Fast, funny, and fresh: Brooklyn Girls is a wonderful laugh-out-loud novel for anyone trying to figure out what she wants in life, and how the hell she's going to get it.” —Kim Gruenenfelder, author of Wedding Fever and There’s Cake in My Future
Posted July 8, 2013
Holy smokes Batman! (Has nothing to do with the book but I've always wanted to use this phrase).
Fan-effing-fantastic! I wanted to actually drop a "f" bomb in there because it totally suited the book and the review, but decided not to go with that. I keep deluding myself that I can read a chapter and then put a book down. I mean it's 3:38am and you can obviously tell I failed to do that. While I may be sleep deprived in the morning, my staying up late to finish also means the book was amazing! I can't believe I'm going to have to wait until 2014 to read the next book in the series and there are three books after that I'm going to have to wait for. Book publishers can be cruel.
Last night, or rather this morning, while I was trying to sleep, my mind kept racing. I had this one thought that stuck out in my head. Pia Keller, the main protagonist of this book reminded me of Bridget Jones. Just a younger and less relationship hungry version of her. Now I haven't re-read any of the Bridget Jones books lately, so for me to make that connection was really exciting. At times I wanted to cover my eyes and peek at the text to see what was happening, smack someone or many people, groan out loud, laugh, and just cry. This book was wonderful and evoked so many different emotions; all of which I had to try and stifle so I didn't wake anyone up. I love how creative Gemma Burgess gets with her verbage. There are some words in here that are really apt and that I'd never heard or used before, but that's totally gonna change!
This book is astonishingly real and translates to all ages, from someone whose in their early 20s to someone one whose in their 50s or 60s and in between can relate to this book. After all we've all been there or are there; trying to figure ourselves out. Of course not everyone has escapades as amazing and wild as Pia, Angie, Maddie, Coco, and Julia, but that's what makes the book so great. There's never a dull moment and it's a guaranteed great read. You gotta check this book out!
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Posted July 15, 2013
I’ll be honest. I thought I would hate this.
But for the sake of trying things I think I’ll hate anyway (I’ve been doing this with food lately too. It turns out that brussels sprouts do not suck!), I stuck with these past the first couple chapters and realized that this book is actually fun.
The story of five recent college grads living in an luckily inherited brownstone near Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, (which, btw, is a very nice and expensive neighborhood these days.), Brooklyn Girls focuses on Pia, the Ivy League-educated party girl who is deemed “unemployable.” Now, that sentence annoys me because no one I’ve ever met from an Ivy would be considered unemployable. If you can slap Brown or Yale or Harvard on your resume and network with the alumni in your area, you’re golden. But, let’s abandon that knowledge and for a moment believe that a Brown grad can’t get a job in NYC. That’s where Pia is.
She’s been cut off by her parents, can’t keep a job due to her temper and her willingness to put immodest photos on Facebook, so she does what any entrepreneurial minded early 20-something would do: borrows money from a loan shark who enjoys Smart Water and buys a nearly broken food truck. She starts selling healthy salads and desserts and basically becomes an overnight success. But there are many setbacks.
The major plotline is a bit predictable, but in the best way. It’s a rom-com that you know is going to be like every other, but that you watch anyway just in case the writer decides to change something up on you. In this case, Burgess doesn’t—but the main plot isn’t really why you read this book in the first place. More than a tale of a privileged girls’ fall from grace and her struggle to become independent, it’s a story of friendship, and that’s really where this book’s heart is.
The friendships between the five girls who share the brownstone are layered, nuanced, and realistic. Some of the relationships are strained or straining, sometimes seemingly beyond repair, some of them are blossoming, while others are amazingly steadfast. Each of the girls has her own struggles, flaws, and successes, and the balance to how each is written and how she relates to the others is where the writing in this book is most impressive.
Overall, Brooklyn Girls is a light, fun, read that would be perfect for the beach or vacation. The story ends in an almost annoyingly predictable way, but that’s not what the reader will walk away remembering anyway—it’s the friendships that will leave an impression on the reader and make him or her recommend this to others.
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Posted November 27, 2013
Quirky Pia just graduated college, started a new job...and lost it. Her inconsiderate partying behaviour has got the best of her. In Pia's failure her parents see themselves entitled to order her back to Zurich. And that when she's finally feeling at home with the other four Brooklyn girls.
Pia's story is set in the matter of a few weeks since her parents confront her with an ultimatium. Find a way to make your own living or return to Switzerland. But Pia's no one to wallow in self-pity for long and she's quickstarting her very own food truck business in only the matter of hours.
For sure her impulsiveness will be resulting in more than one risky scenario. Pia's way to deal with things doesn't always appear to be the most logical, ensuring a bunch of dire problems and threats springing up. Queen of chaotic food preparation sessions, Pia tends to appear a bit unnerving now and then, but in general she's a character who fast grows on you.
Pia lives with four other girls - Angie, Julia, Coco and Madeleine - in a cozy town house in Brooklyn. They are sisters and friends. I loved how much support they gave each other and the strong girl power being the story's foundation. And along the way to her food truck imperium she's making a ton of new friends.
Only a quick note on Pia's love life. There are boys in her life, just not always the right ones. Don't fear, she's getting her romance. It's subtle, it's sweet and Pia has found herself a very lovely guy, a gentleman and dog owner in a turbulent time of her life. The focus of her story is mainly set on her new business.
Her food truck idea really captivated me since I'm a huge fan of cooking, baking, planning and brain storming. Follow Pia on her way to her very own business, a pink food truck. A truck filled with spirit and motivation and girly stuff. See how building a business works. How the line between success and failure is a thin one. Make sure to have snacks when you are reading BROOKLYN GIRLS because Pia and her girls are preparing more than one mouth-watering snack. The food truck movement was so much fun to join!
I've been looking for this kind of story for some time now, following characters in their twenties. BROOKLYN GIRLS closes a gap and the prospect of four more books in this series makes me very happy. So far we only got a glimpse at the personalities of our four other Brooklyn girls and I'm pretty sure they will be just as charming as Pia to acccompany on their NY adventures. Next one up is Angie!
4/5 **** BROOKLYN GIRLS - Sassy, amusing and innovative. Five girls on their way to win over New York and YA!
This book is like some of your favourite girl TV shows put together into one book. Like Gossip Girl BROOKLYN GIRLS doesn't stint on cat fights. Their group of brutally honest, down to earth friends reminds me of Girls. And just like The Carrie Diaries Pia's story is about finding a way to leave your own mark in the city that never sleeps. I had so much fun reading BROOKLYN GIRLS I imagine it would make a funny TV show for girls of all ages.
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Posted July 17, 2013