December 6, 2013

Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess

Brooklyn Girls
Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess
Series: N/A
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
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.
I was unsure about what to expect when I started Brooklyn Girls. I thought that maybe it might be a little like Gossip Girl, or maybe an older version of The Clique. What I didn't expect was what I got. To tell you the truth, this book actually reminded me of a movie... One For the Money, which I adored!

I found Pia to be such a fun, light-hearted character. She was able to stand up for herself, and she had such passion and drive! She was a bit flighty, though. Pia... tended to be a bit on the crazy side, to tell you the truth. She was a partier, and even after she started her business, I felt like she needed to learn some more responsibility. Thankfully, she grew as a character throughout the book, so that didn't turn out to be a problem.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was the overall ambiance of it. I enjoyed the light feel, and how even if things were going wrong, it was a happy type book. Pia's business story was so fun, and even if I wanted to smack her sometimes for jumping in headfirst with no thought to what she was doing.

Mostly, this book was just lightness incarnate, so I don't feel like there's very many things that I can say about this.


  1. This is not my kind of book,-too much drama-but it sounds funny.Pia reminds me of Sophie Kinsella's heroines,just a lot more flirty.Are you going to continue the series?

  2. I'm not really into these kind of books but I like how you said Pia's character grows throughout the book. That's a problem with some other books I have read that I really dislike. Another great review! :)

  3. Sometimes you just need a really happy and fun book. The downside is that sometimes it's very forgettable and PURE fluff, nothing to hold on to. But I'm glad you liked this one as well as the MC :)

  4. Megan@The Book BabeDecember 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Definitely! I totally agree - even if it's not memorable, sometimes it's just awesome to not have to think while reading. Thanks, Sunny! :)

  5. Megan@The Book BabeDecember 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Haha, well. That's just fine! ;P Pia definitely grew, and I loved it. It really is a problem - in a lot of books. Thanks, Steph! <3

  6. Megan@The Book BabeDecember 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Haha, I totally understand, girly! It was funny, I enjoyed it. I actually haven't read much by Kinsella - one book, I think? But I liked it, 'twas a light read. I'm not sure yet, actually. I guess we'll see! :)

  7. You should go for Sophie Kinsella if you love light,funny and cute chick lit.Her books are great.

  8. I do like chick lit, so I'll definitely give her another shot sometime. Hopefully, at least! :)