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I got this book free with an issue of the magazine Glamour a while back. I enjoyed reading this book as it was an easy chick-lit to sink your teeth into. I recently re-read this book as I'm going to New York (for the first time) in just under two months. I am very excited and so picked this book up again to get into the mood. As I still enjoyed the book for the second time I thought I would review it.
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 (new best friend) 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?
A lot of people have suggested this is a bad rip off of Sex and the City what with the main character writing a blog about life in New York. However, I found this to be the only real similarity. The book is more concerned with an English girl trying to reinvent herself in New York and the way in which she views the American style of living.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lindsey Kelk is a British writer and children's book editor. When she isn't writing, reading, listening to music or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes and judge the shoes of others. She loves living in New York but misses Sherbert Fountains, London and drinking Gin & Elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order. (This was taken from the back cover of the book 'I heart New York')
'I heart New York' is Lindsey Kelk's debut novel and was released in 2009. The success of this book resulted in the sequel's called: 'I heart Hollywood' and 'I heart Paris', both of which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed (and will probably review at a later date).
As this book did come free with a magazine I didn't expect it to be that great, however I was pleasantly surprised. I read this book in a day as once started I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I just had to know what happened to the character Angela.
Lindsey Kelk's heroine, Angela, is endearing and a character which most girls can either relate to or know someone whom is very similar. Although she can be quite whiney sometimes which to readers may be rather irritating (well she has one through a lot what with the cheating fiancé) I find this makes her character more believable. I mean if this had happened to any of us we would all admit to self-indulging ourselves in pity and wining. Angela proves herself to be a brave and caring character throughout the book.
The setting of the book is obviously (hence the name) in New York and the way in which Kelk portrays the city is lovely. If it wasn't my intention to go already, the description of New York that is given would definitely make me want to visit this city. As an added bonus, in the back of the book is 'Angela's guide to New York'. Basically this includes useful information on places to shop, eat and see in New York. Many of the landmarks, shops and places to eat mentioned by the character in the book are listed in this guide. This is what, to me, makes this book a real golden read as it shows the author has fully researched the area and has a real taste of the flavour that is New York. Although this is true of many authors, it is not often the case (in my opinion) of most Chick-Lit books.
This is a fun read that you can really sink your teeth into. It is a light hearted read and although it is not to the literary standards of Austen or McEwan, it is definitely worth a look.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?:
I would definitely recommend this book to all chick-Lit fans. This book has such heart but is quick and simple to read. I think that the author was very clever in allowing Glamour to give this book away free as it has allowed a lot of women to have access to this great read. Any fan of Glamour magazine would undoubtedly love this book and if you are also a fan of the 'confessions of a shopaholic' series by Sophie Kinsella then you too will enjoy this read.
I give this book four out of five stars.