A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
3 Kisses, 0 Peppers (sweet romance)
Emma Frazier has a crush on her new boss but her hopes are dashed when he goes home from the bar with the chick who called her "the ugly friend". Emma is a writer for a magazine and the majority of the story revolves around her promise to get a big scoop on NASCAR giant Trip Monroe. He’s been named “sexiest man alive” and is rather elusive.
Trip and Emma went to school together and she assumes he'll be happy to talk to her. Naturally she exaggerates how well she knows him. She drives to her hometown for the weekend, hoping to get some information on him and bumps into old high school heartthrob, Nick Alfonso. He flirts with her and they end up making out. Is Nick the one for her? What will happen with Trip? What about her boss, Ben?
It’s Emma’s sheer dumb luck that makes things work out for her in the end. She's apparently a good writer, but in general she's totally clueless.
What I liked about A Girl Like You: Maria Geraci's writing style is witty and fun. It tends to suck you in so you want to read the whole book in one sitting. I really liked that Emma has two lesbian mothers, and how that issue is dealt with throughout the book.
What I didn’t like so much: The book is written from the first person point of view, so we have no idea what the other characters are thinking or feeling. For me, this is usually a big handicap. Also, per the publisher, this book is classified as "Women’s Fiction", more specifically "Chick Lit". It has romantic elements, but that doesn’t seem to be the main focus of the book. Also, I didn't like Emma or her friends very much. If I had to hang out with Emma for very long, I’d get pretty cranky. I found it nearly impossible to identify with her, and I find that's often the case for me with Chick Lit. Finally, there was zero heat, which really isn't the type of book I usually prefer to read.
There was a very unexpected twist at the end, regarding the "romance" aspect of the book. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’m still deciding if this made the book more interesting or just completely frustrating. If you’re a fan of Chick Lit, you’ll probably enjoy this more than I did.
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