September 13, 2013

Summer Reading

For the last few weeks of summer I have been on a reading roll. I've picked up quite a few books and decided to write mini reviews of them. I'm a sucker for pretty covers (I try really hard to not judge a book by its cover but just look at these books! How can the stories inside them not be anything but awesome?)
Summer Reading
1. Jill Mansel Nadia Knows Best
Nadia is stranded due to a snowstorm where she meets Jay, who helps her get out of her car. She assumes he is gay and acts like her normal self, because she does not think that she has to impress a gay man with her wittiness and being sexy. She eventually learns that Jay is quite the opposite of a gay man. She battles with her own emotions, her current boyfriend and her quirky & crazy family throughout the novel in order to discover who occupies the biggest place in her heart. I liked all of the characters, especially Millie's crazy family and I like that the author included many points of view. I laughed out loud a lot throughout this novel.

2. Jill Mansel Millie's Fling
Millie is dumped by her boyfriend when she tries to save a suicidal famous book author. One night she goes out and on her way back she finds a wallet. She decides to prank call the owner of the wallet and finds herself attracted to his deep voice. She immediately regrets the prank call and tries to make up for her immaturity by meeting up with the owner for a drink. Millie is an average, real woman so it is easy to relate to her. After she is dumped by her scum boyfriend she declares to have a man-free summer and even wagers a bet with her roommate. She also agrees to have a book written about her by the suicidal famous author. She falls for the 'wallet owner' Hugh, but his past life keeps them from being together. Another fun read from Jill Mansel. I enjoy her style of writing and wittiness.

3. Huntley Fitzpatrick My Life Next Door
A big and loud family moves in next door to a quiet and organized family of three. The main character, Samantha, observes the family next door and eventually falls in love with one of the boys, Jase- much to her mother's disapproval. Samantha has grown up quite privileged, whereas Jase has learned to take care of his family from a very young age. It is fun to read about the different dynamics of both families. Samantha is cool and laid back. Jase is so sweet and family oriented. Then something terrible happens and the couple is forced to make a decision that impacts their relationship.

I liked that the main characters were very mature and I really liked the way Sam's and Jase's relationship was described. Their first kiss, their trip to the store to buy condoms, how they dealt with George (the curious younger brother of Jase). Light and real and quirky read.  The book did not feel like a YA novel. I liked the author's sense of humor. The only negative is that the ending wasn't much of an ending. I was left not knowing what happened to most of the main secondary characters. 

4. Gemma Burgess Brooklyn Girls
The main character Pia gets fired from her new job faster than someone can take a photo down on Facebook. During her hunt for a new job she discovers a new passion. In order to impress her strict parents, she sets up her own business and runs it successfully with many tragic occurrences. She lives in Brooklyn with few other girls. They struggle with life, boys and dating just like every other twenty something single girl does. 

This book was just okay in my opinion. There were too many aspects that I just could not relate to or ones that I did not think were believable. The main character was empathetic, but at times really annoyed me. 

Have you read any of these books? What books do you recommend? 


  1. I want to read Brooklyn Girls solely based on the name ;) hahaha. I definitely wish I had more time for pleasure reading, instead I usually blog!