Book Review

Book Review : I Heart New York by Lindsay Kelk.

It’s official. Angela Clarke is in love – with the most fabulous city in the world. Fleeing her cheating boyfriend and clutching little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins and her passport, Angela jumps on a plane, destination – NYC. Holed up in a cute hotel room, Angela gets a New York makeover from her NBF Jenny and a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps. Before she knows it, Angela is dating two sexy guys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her new blog (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out). But it’s one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemmas, it’s another figuring them out for yourself … Angela has fallen head over heels for the big apple, but does she heart New York more than home?

I absolutely love New York and when I went for a visit last year I visited the amazing Strand book store to see what gems I could pick up. When I saw a book called I Heart New York there was absolutely no question about me buying it. The following day I went and sat in Central Park and read it from cover to cover and became so glad I’d spotted it.

The plot is good standard chick lit fare, girl is hurt by boy, runs away, has a makeover, finds new boys, has to choose which boy is the one for her. I found the plot to be engaging though at times things did seem to happen a little easily for Angela, and I found myself thinking that if I was in her shoes I wouldn’t be anywhere near as lucky. The only part of the plot I had a problem with was when Angela realised that she was dating two fantastic though different guys and didn’t quite know what to do about it. The advice she was given made me feel a little uncomfortable as it was so different to what I would do in the situation. It didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book though, I still found myself reading furiously to see what would happen.

I found that characters engaging despite the fact one of them was called Alex Reid! I loved the interactions between them, and loved seeing New York through Angela’s eyes. A few times I found myself reading her thoughts about the city and thinking about how I’d thought something very similar with the past few days.

For me I Heart New York was a great piece of escapist chick lit. Wonderfully fluffy and fun, and set in one of my favourite places in the world it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Yes at times it was far from realistic but I didn’t care one little bit, I don’t read fiction hoping for pure realism. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the other two books in the series about Angela – I Heart Hollywood and I Heart Paris.

I Heart New York is published in paperback by Harper in the UK priced £6.99.

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