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Saturday, 20 July 2013

About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

About a Girl

The brand new summer bestseller from the immensely popular Lindsey Kelk Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she's forced to reconsider. After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa's phone, she decides that since being Tess isn't going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa's photography assignment to Hawaii - she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right? But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he'd like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else's shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or 'fess up and run...

I really enjoyed Lindsey Kelk's popular book series, I Heart ...... but have to be honest and say I did not enjoy Kelk's last stand alone novel, Single Girl's to do list, as much. However I have to say, Kelk's latest standalone, About a Girl, is fantastic and one I could not put down.

When Tess Brookes goes into work for a meeting with HR, she believes she is about to be given a promotion she was promised some six months ago, however, when she is instead handed a brown envelope containing a generous redundancy package, she feels like her world is collapsing around her. The day continues to get worse when she is the victim of an attempted mugging, but ends up being given a brand new phone by the mugger, and then returns home to a showdown with her flatmate. So when she later answers her flatmate's phone, and speaks to her agent, when her agent muddles her up and thinks she is talking to her client, Tess plays along and is soon on a plane to Hawaii to take photographs for a major magazine article of one of the world's most important fashion designers. But will she be able to pull off the 'mistake' or will she be found out and sent home in disgrace?

As I said, I really enjoyed this book. It is lighthearted and there are lots of comedic moments within the storyline.  The characters are perfectly chosen - with characters which readers will both love and hate. I really liked Tess, but also felt for Charlie - her best friend who worked in the same company, a university friend, a male who was a friend, not a lover. It was a great friendship and one that the reader hoped would be reconciled before the book ended. I did not like Vanessa, and really hoped that she would have her comeuppance before the end of the book.

As previously said, I really enjoyed Kelk's previous series, I Heart .... Kelk has created a fantastic cast of characters which readers can return to each time a new book was released and  and so I was very pleased to get to the end of this book to find that this book is also the first in a new series, with the next instalment due Summer 2014. I look forward to seeing what Tess what gets up to next!

This is another perfect read which should be in everybody's summer reading pile this year.

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