I have had a penpal from the UK for about two years now. For the past six months or so, she’s been talking up Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart series which I haven’t found in the US. Low and behold one day when I received this book in the mail from her. And of course, I knew I had to review it.
General Summary: After catching her douche of a fiance cheating on her, Angela decides to pack her bags and take the first flight out of town which puts her in NYC. The rest of the novel is spent on Angela adventure in the big city.
Review: I liked this book, but it was what your stereotypical chick lit novel I thought Kelk had a nice voice and I liked Angela’s perception of New York. I also liked the fact that New York seemed to be a character in itself in the book. But I did have some issues with it. Probably my biggest issue is how unrealistic the book was. Angela spends a ridiculous amount of time shopping throughout the book and there was little to no financial recourse from it. The same goes from her dating experience. It was a cute idea for a blog, but dating and sleeping with two guys usually has more consequences than it did for Angela. Another issue was found with how Angela talked about getting a work visa (as if it was going to be easy) that is not the case. Trust me, I took Immigration Law if I have to
suffer attend fourteen weeks of hearing about the joys of Immigration Law then it’s not easy.
Okay, so I’m being nitpicky. I know that chick lit is unrealistic and that it’s fiction, but in a contemporary book I expect some sense of reality. But that wasn’t my only issue with the novel. I thought the book embodied a lot of cliches that hate. Love triangles, check. Borderline Mary Sue characters, check. This was actually one of the things that most upset me was how borderline Sue Angela was. At the beginning of the book, I loved her character. She peed in her cheating boyfriend’s bag which I thought was pretty darn epic if a tad bit gross. But as the novel progressed, I found myself liking her less and less. After a makeover by a new b.f.f., named Jenny Lopez of all things, everyone starts falling head over heels for her. Yep. Everyone. Her two boyfriends include a Wall Street investment banker who has a penthouse and a rock star. I am not joking. And….throughout the book we’re constantly reminded how good of a person she and how nothing seems to be her fault.
Best Feature: Great Voice: One of the reasons why I kept reading this book is because of Kelk’s voice. I liked Angela despite her Mary Sue faults. And believe me there were a lot of them, despite what some of the characters in the book wanted you to think. And despite how unrealistic New York was depicted, in a strange way I sort of liked how naive Angela’s perception of the city was. I will really give Kelk kudos for this.
Appropriateness: This is definitely an adult book. The language is adult, there is sex in this book, and there are other adult situations talked about in the book.
Blockbuster Worthy: It would be a cute movie. A little Sex and the City, but I honestly could see Hollywood going there.
Angela: Jemima Rooper: I really loved Jemima is Lost in Austen and I kept thinking as her as Angela throughout the book. I guess it helps that she’s British.
Alex: Penn Badgley. I think Penn can pull off the rock star look.
Tyler: Channing Tatum. Blonde, blue eyed and in the right age group. I think Channing would be a nice Tyler, but he would have to have his clothes on (at least some of the time).
Jenny Lopez: I can’t help it but I’m casting J Lo in the role. She’s way too old but it would be hilarious is she did play a character named Jenny Lopez.