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Genre: Romance / Author: Lindsey Kelk / Paperback / 307 Pages / Book is published 2009-04-06 by Harper

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      03.03.2013 22:19
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      A fantastic book from Lindsey Kelk.

      After buying a new jacket recently from Very I was able to select a 'Very Treat' item for free when spending over £50. I decided to select this book, 'I Heart New York' which is available for around £5.00 from Amazon in paperback form, as mine is, or for even less than £5.00 as a Kindle e-book. I was tempted to select this as my 'free item' because of the front cover. it has a simple cover of a dark haired lady who is standing in New York surrounded by yellow taxis. I must admit that I often select books based solely on cover and I'm rarely disappointed - and I wasn't with this book!

      My paperback copy of this book has 307 pages if you don't include some tips for visiting New York at the back of the book. I skimmed those really so don't count them among my page count. The font on the book is a standard size and was comfortable for me to read, even without my contact lenses in.

      This book tells the story of Angela, a twenty-something British woman who finds out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her on the day of her best friends wedding. When she finds herself unsure what to do she panics and finds herself on the next flight to New York City leaving some carnage in her wake! While in New York Angela finds herself making new friends, love interests and job prospects along the way and 'I Heart New York' tells the story of this.

      This book really is a perfect light-hearted chick-lit book. I felt like I learnt a little about New York along the way as well as finding myself thoroughly enjoying Angela's story. This book has a serious edge to it, with Angela fleeing a devastating break-up and there were parts that I felt didn't convey this enough, for example her ability to rebound on to someone else quickly, but then perhaps that is true for some people in life. The characters in this book are interesting and engaging also and there wasn't one character in the book that I wasn't interested in learning more about. There was a few slightly serious moments in the book but mainly the story centres around Angela trying to decide where she wants her life to go from here and I really did find that very interesting once finding myself at a similar crossroads in life.

      There are parts of this book that would seem very unbelievable if they were happening in real life but I'm a firm believer in a book taking you to another place and allowing you to dream or imagine a different life for yourself or for others. I felt that this book allowed me to immerse myself thoroughly enough for it to be enjoyable from the beginning to the end.

      I read this book over a week or so, partly due to illness meaning I had a bad headache I couldn't shake, but I'm sure if I was feeling myself that I could have read this in just a day or two as it is light reading that is enjoyable all the way through. There wasn't any parts of this book that I felt were boring or uninteresting and at no point did I feel like I wanted to skip ahead although I did want to know how everything was going to end.

      When I got towards the end of the book I felt that it was being wrapped up quite quickly but then at the end there were extracts from the next two books in the series, released in January and July 2010 and I will definitely be picking these up when I next order from Amazon.

      Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny, had interesting characters and a great storyline. I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of light-hearted chick-lit books and I am sure I will read it again in the future.

      ISBN: 978-0-00-792950-4
      UK RRP £7.99

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        22.01.2013 18:52
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        good read to take away on holiday

        Angela Clark had just found out that her long time boyfriend had been cheating on her at her friends wedding. Way to go Mark (The boyfriend) what an ass. Literally.

        She found him screwing away in her car with some cheap tart that she finds he has been doing for some months and only she is the only one that didn't know what the hell was going on.

        So she storms back into the wedding reception of her best friend (some best friend who did not tell her huuu)
        and starts an heated arguement with said best friend and belts her new husband with her laboutine shoe breaking his hand.

        Slightly comical in a sad sort of way. Anyway rather than face the music she takes off on the first flight out of there and ends up in New York City. Having no clues where to go next. She ends up in a very swanky hotel and comes to reception where she is to meet and make friends with Jennifer self confessed physco analyst she helps Angela by getting her a complete makeover and taking her on a major shopping spree as she only arrived with minimal luggage and they bond like long lost sisters.

        The two friends hit the town and Angela meets a really hot banker called Tyler who wines dines and beds her making her feel like a million dollars for a while, inbetween this she meets and goes out with a rock star names Alex who I think she falls for in a big way and he for her but neither of them are ready to commit. She also gets a job writing for Look magazine and blogs for them with her diary notes.

        While all this is going on her new friend tells her all about her sad story and bumps into her ex and falls for him all over again they get into it pretty bad for a while and then he dumps her once again because he said he could not trust her enough. So the two girls bolstr each other up while Angela tries to make up her mind whether to stay in New York and get her work permit or to go home to London to a very nice thank you very much plum job offer.
        So at the end of it all there is no big romance and two girls trying to bouy each other up but there is a hint that somewhere in the future there may be a chance for both of them if they can come to terms with who they are and what they both really really want.
        I found this book charming witty and fun to read and I fell in love with most of the characters. I felt sorry for the boy in the coffee shop as he was never going to get a look in poor soul. It would have been nice to pair one of her other new friends off with him maybe but there you go.
        Very easy read nice for a bit of holiday reading nothing too serious.
        Good fun.

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        15.03.2012 13:21
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        A Must Read!

        Angela has been happily plodding along in her relationship with her boyfriend Mark for many years now. Her best friend Louisa is about to marry Marks best friend making (in Angela's eyes anyway) everything perfect - what's better than 2 sets of best friends being married to each other ?

        The story starts on Louisa's wedding day, where Angela is of course Chief Bridesmaid and Mark is Best Man. Walking down the aisle in her favourite new Louboutins leads Angela to wonder what her and Marks wedding would be like, after all its bound to happen..........isn't it ?

        Well, no. Later on at the wedding Angela discovers Mark with his pants round his ankles in the back of their car, and another woman. To make matters worse, Louisa and it seems everyone else knew about it - he had been playing doubles tennis with both her and them all along!

        After creating a scene, breaking the Grooms hand, and spending the night crying in her Mums arms, Angela realises that she needs to get away to clear her head. Where better than New York City - the one place Mark would never have taken her!

        Before you know it, Angela is on a plane bound for the Big Apple with just the items she had on her and no plan at all. A kindly driver deposits her at the first trendy hotel that springs to his mind, and thankfully she meets Jenny!

        Jenny works on reception - although she is much more than just a receptionist to Angela. Seeing Angela rock up at the hotel tearstained and with no luggage or reservation, Jenny decides to take her under her wing and teach her everything about both NYC and being a single girl!

        Quickly the ladies become best friends - you have no choice with Jenny, and with a make-over and several cocktails under their belts they take New York by storm.

        This is the first in a series of 5 I Heart books by Lindsey Kelk, following Angela's adventures. You do, ideally, need to start with book 1 and work your way through to avoid any confusion and build relationships with the characters.

        I absolutely LOVE these books. They are the kind of chick-lit that you can just waste a day reading, with a box of your favourite chocolates. They are light-hearted, funny and highly entertaining and I can honestly say that the entire cast has won a very special place in my heart. I cannot wait for the 5th book (I Heart London) to be released later on this year.

        I'd really like to see them turned into films, however having seen the damage that has been done to other great books over the years, I'm kind of torn as to whether it would become a major success or be destroyed such as the likes of P.S I Love You.

        Lindsey is a very dedicated lady. You can follow her on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook or keep up with her via her ever updated blog.

        If light-hearted, girlie books are for you then get buying and quickly!

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          06.01.2012 20:17
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          A great book from Lindsey Kelk. An enjoyable read

          I heart New York

          **Author**
          Lindsey Kelk. She is a British writer who now lives in New York. She has written a number of books including: the I Heart series, The Single Girls to do list as well as the short story Jenny Lopez has a bad week. She also has a column in Marie Claire and blogs about fashion, make-up and her life.

          **Characters**
          Angela Clarke is the main character in this film. She lives in London with her partner and is in her mid to late twenties. She has a violent streak about her in the book and doesn't face things head on, she tends to run away. Then there is Louise, her best friend in the entire world, who happened to know a very dark secret. Once Angles is in New York, she meets Jenny Lopez, a beautiful, fashionable hotel worker. She pictures herself as an opera of sorts and tries to get people lives back on track. A few male characters are thrown into the mix including Alex Reid, a hot guy from a band, every girl's fantasy.

          **The Plot**
          SPOLIER ALERT
          Angela ups and leaves for New York after finding out her partner has been cheating on her. What's worse is that her best friends all seemed to know about it and had even met the women. Once in New York she is befriended by Jenny Lopez. Angela is then given a makeover, goes on a spending spree and tries to learn the basics of being single and dating in New York. Which apparently is very different to dating in the UK, you see there are rules over there. She writes a blog and ends up landing a spot on an online magazine website, where people go crazy for it. All of this happens whilst Angela is trying to get over her ex and juggle dating two really nice guys at the same. But will it last?

          **My Opinion**
          When I began reading this book I thought it was going to be the same as every other chic lit book out there. But I was wrong. Kelk's writing really makes us feel like we are in this with Angela. The descriptions of New York through Angela's eyes made me feel like I was in New York with her, taking in the sky scrapers, shoes and bags. Jenny Lopez was a great character which made the New York experience better for me. I would have imagined her to be a bitch just form her description, but when you learn more about her you realise that's not the case. As an aspiring journalist it was also great to read some of Angela's blog entries and see how she writes. It was also interesting to see that sometimes you can just stumble upon a brilliant job, so I have hope for the future. I have always wanted to visit New York and after reading this I want to so much more. I want to see what Angela saw and do what Angela did. And yes that does include buying a Mark Jacobs handbag.

          **Where to get it**
          This book can be brought from a number of places:
          Amazon: £5
          Tesco: £5.59
          The Book Depository:£6.18

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          07.12.2011 17:45
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          I picked this book up after reading the back of in when in Asda. I'm always reading the backs of books, deciding I would like the book then adding it to my huge pile of books that I have to read but don't have all that much time to read. I actually read this book quite quick after I bought it and I have to say it is a good book.

          This was the first book by Lindsey Kelk that I read, and I have read a couple of her books after this one and like her style. The authors I like are Sophie Kinsella and Carmen Reid so I would say if you like those authors then this author would probably be good to read as well.
          The story centres around the main character called Angela Clark. The story starts at a wedding - Not Angela's. Angela is in love, but unfortunately her boyfriend perhaps isn't quite as in love with Angela. Very quickly in the book we find out that her boyfriend is cheating, so what does Angela do - go home and lock herself in with Chocolate? No, she takes herself off to New York.

          What better way to get over the love of her life than going to the city that never sleeps and getting into being free and single. Angela is able to write about life in the City in her blog, and Angela has more than 1 man after her attention in the big city.
          I read this book before I went to New York, and I would say that the description of the city is great. The author touches on bits and pieces in Manhattan and how Angela does fall in love with the city and how she changes from the upset woman after losing her happy life to someone who is seeing life through different eyes now.

          Angela is on "holiday" in New York. When the time comes to go home will she be happy to leave her new life behind and go back to where she came from?
          This is an entertaining read and I kept wanting to read a bit more to find out what Angela was up to. It's not what you would call a gripping thrilling storyline, but a fun page turner anyway.

          After this book there is a couple of "I Heart" books came out. These are "I Heart Hollywood" and "I Heart Paris". Both are also good but this is my favourite.
          A good book that will keep you entertained.

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          26.09.2011 12:18
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          Great settings, lovable characters, Fabulous story line.

          I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

          I got this book free with a magazine a while back from a train station shop while i was waiting for my train down to London.
          I've always been taught never to judge a book by its cover, but it was infact the cover of the book that first caught my eye.
          I am a big fan of Sex and the City and when i read the back of the book and found out that it was sort of inspired by that - i knew it would probably end up being a good read and my expectations were correct. Once i started reading, i found it quite hard to put the book down.

          Unlike Sex and the City, where the whole series is set in New York City from the begining, I Heart New York actually starts off in London.
          Angela's Best friend's wedding day finally arrives and not everything ends up going to plan. After finding out her Fiancé has been cheating on her for quite some time and realising that everyone around her knew and never had the guts to tell her; Angela Clark is left feeling upset and betrayed by her closest family and friends, she decides there is only one thing for her to do..... Leave. And where better to have a fresh start than New York City, The Big Apple, The city that never sleeps.

          If you ask me...... it would take a lot of courage to do what Angela did; starting fresh in a completely new country not knowing anyone.
          Angela ends up making some new friends who are quick at showing her how to live the ways of a "New Yorker" and the best thing is... she gets to write all about it. But will that be enough for dear Angela Clark? Will she heart New York more than home? After all..... Home is where the heart is.

          With the chapters quite small, i found this book really easy to read. Written about my most favourable things: Fashion, Make-up, Shoes, Writing, Friendship and love made I Heart New York a very inspiring and enjoyable book to read.
          Also if you decide to take a trip to New York City for the first time, there is a little guide to The Big Apple at the back of the book showing you where to eat, sleep, shop, stay and party!
          Anyone who is a fan of the stated above should totally add "I Heart New York" to their must read collection. I'm telling you..... the author Lindsey Kelk certainly has a way with her words.

          This book can be purchased at: www.amazon.co.uk in Paper back and a Kindle edition.

          Paper back - £3.69
          Kindle Edition - £3.99

          There are also two more books in the series:

          I Heart Hollywood
          I Heart Paris

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            10.08.2011 17:32
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            I heart this book

            I tend to read either historical fiction (like the brilliant novels of Phillipa Gregory) or classics such as Persuasion by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre (my favourite book!) by Charlotte Bronte. However, after having completed my A-Levels last year, and in particular A2 English Literature (Where I read many classic novels and plays by people such as Forster, Shakespeare, Sheriff and even the poems of Chaucer) I decided to read something g a little more light hearted. My sister also loves to read the classics but has a love for Chick-Lit. She got a copy of 'I heart New-York' by Lindsey Kelk free with a magazine and gave it to me, knowing I wanted an easy read. Not expecting much of this debut novel that was given away free, I was pleasantly surprised. So much so, that I had to purchase the sequels to this lovely novel. Here is my review:

            THE BLURB/SYNOPSIS:

            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?

            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).

            MY OPINION:

            What makes this book so brilliant for me is the character of Angela, the main protagonist in the story. She seems like such a genuine person in the book and I couldn't help but love her. I'm sure that some would find her character irritating for the main fact that she tends to whine a little, but to me this made her character (and the story) seem so much more believable. By creating a character that complains about her life and what has happened to her, Kelk has made Angela someone that most who read this book could relate to.

            The setting of this book is surprisingly enough New York and although Carrie Bradshaw is mentioned by the Author in the blurb, this is not some rip-off of Sex and the City. The main similarity of the two new-york based stories is the fact that a single girl writes a blog/column. Angela is not, unlike Carrie, an American writing a column for a New York newspaper but is an English girl writing a blog of her impressions of New York and how she is settling into her new life in New York. The fact that Kelk mentions Bradshaw in the blurb is to show to the reader that the character Angela sees the parallel for herself, being an English girl who would have watched the drama or read the original book.

            The way the setting is described through Angela's eyes makes me really really want to visit New-York and see these beautiful sights for myself. We see the famous landmarks of the big apple through eyes that are just seeing them themselves. We can feel the excitement of New York as Angela is herself so excited. It is also clear that the author loves the city, not only through her descriptions of the places but also through the extra notes of New York at the back.

            As an added bonus, Lindsey Kelk has included some handy tourist tips at the back of the book which include places to eat, drink, stay and of course shop (Well when in New York...) This is a really thoughtful touch that shows the authors true love of the city.

            WOULD I RECOMMEND?:

            I would definitely recommend this book. The story line is original and addictive. Once you learn about Angela, you can't help but wish her all the best and be rooting for her. I felt compelled to know what happened next to her and so bought the other two books.

            I think any girl whom loves a good chick-lit book will love Lindsey Kelk's debut novel. It's pure escapism, and makes you wonder what you'd do if you were like Angela. Fans of Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella and Louise Bagshawe will Love this series. Even if you're not, like me, an avid chick-lit reader I still think this book will appeal. Everyone can identify with Angela!

            I give this book five stars as I couldn't put it down.

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              12.06.2011 15:11
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              A great read for chick-lit fans

              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.

              THE BLURB/SYNOPSIS:
              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).

              MY OPINION:
              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.

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                27.05.2011 16:24
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                Definitely worth reading

                For a free book that I got with a Cosmo magazine, I was very impressed with the quality of this book, and it's enticing storyline.

                Although Angela Clark doesn't get off to the best start, finding her boyfriend having sex with someone else at her best friend's wedding, and finding out that her best friend had know all about it for a while, she makes a spontaneous decision to jet off to the big NY and it's the best thing she could've done. Despite her parents and friends thinking she'll be back within a few days, Angela hits a spot of luck that lets her stay in New York for a long time, she bags herself a best friend within a few hours of setting foot there, and gets herself a job writing a blog not long after. She gets a full make over and turns into a new woman for this new city.

                I thought this book captured the dreams of any girl, although they may not want to be cheated on beforehand. The idea of a spontaneous weekend trip to the capital turning into a lifestyle change and a chance to meet some gorgeous guys as well, is something I definitely wouldn't mind.

                The book is well written and keeps the reader feeling happy throughout, there are a few twists that make you shout at the book 'Why did you do that?' but other than that it's a feel-good read. Angela's character seems really easy to relate to, she's just had a major heartbreak and has ran away and found a new life that's treating her well. She starts to date to guys at the same time, maybe a bad idea but she's carefree and doing what she wants.

                The character of Jenny also goes down well in this book, she takes Angela under her American wing and helps her on her way to becoming a new woman. Along with her own set of romantic problems, she becomes Angela's style and life guru, and works her way into the hearts of readers.

                A very well written book, definitely a favourite among girls. I would recommend making time for it, because you won't be able to put it down.

                -Review also appears on Ciao-

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                Great book, cant wait to read the next in the series!

                I had never heard of this author before, I only chose it as it came up in my recommendations on amazon, and as it had good reviews, I thought id give it a go. This book, I heart New York, is the first in a series of three books, I heart Hollywood is the second in the series and the last one is I heart Paris. After reading I heart New York I went out and bought the whole series! I really enjoyed this book, and it made me want to go to back to New York!

                It is about a woman, Angela who has just broke up with her boyfriend of ten years Mark, after she caught him cheating at her best friends wedding. She is devastated about what has happened, and her head is a mess, so she decides to just pack a bag and jump on a plane away from everything. She ends up flying to New York and ends up at the Union hotel, where the receptionist Jenny befriends her.

                The first chapter of this book really got me hooked as it was so exciting and well written, I thought it was going to be one of the best chick lit books I had ever read. However as the chapters went on and Angela had moved to New York it did slow down a bit for me, I was getting a bit bored of it, I kept putting it down for days then going back to it as I hate to start a book and not finish it. One Sunday afternoon I thought I'm just going to sit down and finish it! And I am glad I carried on with it as after the middle part of the book it kept me interested again, and I was really keen to know whether she stayed on in New York or whether she went back home.

                It was clear that the author had really researched New York before writing this book, and it really made New York sound like an amazing place, and in the back of the book there is lots of information about great sights to go to, restaurants and hotels, which I thought was a nice touch to the book.

                This book also has your usual chick lit romantic side to it, Angela meets two men whilst in New York, Tyler and Alex who are both really different, and she ends up having to choose between the two of them. She also manages to land a job for a magazine writing a blog, something she has always wanted to do, so she cant believe her luck when she gets offered a job writing in New York!

                So much happened in this book, by the end I couldn't believe the story was only about what happened in about 2 weeks, it seemed like months, as she did so much and so much happened to her, it was a bit unbelievable that it all happened in such a short space of time.

                This book was easy to follow and understand which I love, and although the beginning was excellent, the middle didn't really keep me interested but it got so much better towards the end, I really enjoyed the book by the end of it and I cant wait to read the next one in the series to see what Angelas up to next!

                ---Also posted on ciao under the same name---


                Thanks for reading my review x

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                  Makes you feel you can do anything!

                  I HEART NY
                  I was looking for some books to take on holiday last year and looking through my sisters stash this was one of the ones I chose based on her recommendations. It was the perfect holiday read by the beach and it did not take me long at all to get through. Some of you may have this because it was given away free with Glamour magazine not so long ago. For a free gift this is great but if you think because it was given away it may not be good then you are mistaken. I think rather the reason was to get recognition for the book, series and author as I hadn't heard of her myself before.

                  WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
                  What do you do when you break-up with your partner of ten years? Why run off to New York of course! Angela stumbles upon an unfortunate incident at her best friends wedding and subsequently runs off to the first place at the airport. She just means to get away and deny what has happened, but events that unfold there set her up for a long stay in New York. I won't give away too much of the plot but seeing as this is a chick-lit book it is obviously going to involve romance and that it does, in the form of two completely different guys. Being NY there is a good amount of glamour and shopping to be done too with the help of her new friend Jenny whom befriends her at the hotel.

                  I suppose you could say it is a bit Sex in the City, as there are many similar features, such as the blog Angela manages to do while she is there, but it doesn't feel quite like that. More, quaint English girl ends up lost and creates a fab new life.

                  This book is one of those that makes you think wow, I want to do that too. Angela accomplishes do much in so little time that I found myself flicking back to find out what day it was as it couldn't surely still be the same week?!

                  THE BOOK
                  It seems standard practice to make a book in this genre as bright and eye-catching as possible and this is no exception. The fun pink writing with the name of the book is set on a blue background with a New York scene with the Empire State Building, yellow cabs and a glamourous girl.

                  At the back of the book is a handy little guide to New York by Angela and contains sections on hotels, shopping, eating and drinking and clubs and would actually be useful if you were going there as they are all real places.

                  It has an RRP of £6.99 but you can purchase it on Amazon for £3.99. It was published in the summer of 2009 by HarperCollins.

                  LINDSEY KELK
                  Lindsey Kelk is relatively new to the chick-lit scene and this is the first of the current three books in the series. I heart Hollywood and I heart Paris continue after this book. I found them both good reads but enjoyed Paris more than Hollywood.
                  It is interesting that Lindsey is a children's book editor, the same occupation of Angela Clark from our book. I did think reading this that a lot of Lindsey's likes and experiences must have gone into this book.

                  An interesting fact about the author is that she has ghost written books for Mary-Kate and Ashley Oslen!

                  The author has two websites one of which is a beauty blog that she updates regularly - www.beautymecca.blogspot.com

                  Her other site is www.iheartnewyork.co.uk which contains information on the author and her other books, a guide to NY/Hollywood/Paris and a blog by Angela. Lindsey lives in New York herself at the moment so I imagine a lot of what Angela writes could be Lindsey's experiences, but it is still good and written in the style of the book.

                  CONCLUSION
                  If you read books by the likes of Paige Toon and Sophie Kinsella then you will love this, it fits exactly in that category of easy to read, not having to think book and makes you feel you can do anything. Another great thing is that because it is currently one of three, once you get to the end you are not left wondering what happens next because there are more to read in her adventures. I am eagerly awaiting the next book!

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                    26.11.2010 21:39
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                    Okay for a holiday read

                    I bought Lindsey Kelk's I Heart New York from the hospital charity shop for 50p. The cover of the book appealed to me with its pink cartoonlike new York skyline and swirly writing screamed chick lit- I had heard mixed reviews about it but thought is sounded okay from the blurb, and it wasn't a huge outlay so decided to give it a go.

                    The heroine is Angela Clark, who discovers her fiancé Mark is cheating on her at her best friend's wedding reception. After making a bit of a fool of herself at the reception, extracting a bit of revenge on Mark, she decides the best thing she can do is flee the country. Before you know it she is in New York and settled in a very smart hotel room. Luckily the receptionist, Jenny Lopez (yes, really!) is a wannabe life coach and adopts Angela as her pet project. One makeover and tour of the city later and Angela has two sexy men throwing themselves at her, city banker Tyler and complex musician Alex, but can either of them mend her broken heart. Will Angela choose New York over Blighty?

                    The book is written in first person narrative from Angela's perspective and this works well, as we get to see the big apple through her eyes as she discovers such landmarks as the Empire State Building and Bloomingdales, which really appealed to me as someone who has always wanted to go to New York. The problem I had with the book is it all seemed too good to be true - I know there is a degree of unrealistic plot to most chick lit novels but this was over the top. Angela was in New York for a few weeks and yet managed to make new best friends in the first 48 hours, and then go on to get a great job, and great flat and two hot men!! There was no real depth to the characters and I didn't really find myself warming or empathising with any of them, although I did quite like Alex as he seemed to have a bit of complexity to him.
                    There is a sweet little section at the end which is Angela's guide to New York, with recommended places to stay, sleep and shop. This is a nice touch, and for someone who has not been there before it could be quite useful.

                    I actually bought this book a few months ago, but it hadn't made it to the top of my reading list. However I was waiting for another book I ordered to arrive from Amazon, and wanted something I could crack through in a couple of days. This book fitted the bill nicely, with just over 300 pages and reasonably sized typeface it was easy to finish in less than 2 days. Although it wasn't the best book I had ever read I think I probably would have enjoyed it more as a holiday read, and I would read the other books in the series if I came across them in the charity shop. If you did want to purchase this one then it is available on Amazon for £4.84 new or a penny plus postage used.

                    307 pages by Harper books

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                      10.11.2010 21:12
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                      A fun chick lit read

                      I got this book free with Glamour magazine just before I went on holiday this summer, I never normally read the books free with magazines as they are a bit samey and I usually find I get bored within the first couple of pages, but as I had plenty of time lazying around the pool I thought I'd start! Now yes it is a slightly cheesey book, but at the same time its got a good story line even if it is slightly unbelieveable but I ended up getting so attached to it that I ended up very very sunburnt as I didnt realise how long I had been out in the sun for! I just really wanted to know what happened (and I guess this is a good thing with a book!) I can understand why some people are giving it bad reviews but c'mon its a good girly, happy and funny read and I have passed it around to several of my girlfriends now who also loved it. I'm very tempted to go and buy the rest of the series of books which include I Heart New York and I Heart Paris for those colder winter nights to cheer me up a bit. All in all a good read just take with a pinch of salt, I mean the things in this book I would be pretty pleased if they happened to me!

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                        Don't bother with this

                        I got this book free with a magazine a few weeks ago and let's just say - had it not been for a 10 hour flight delay I would have put it down after about 20 pages. I really cannot believe it has got so many good reviews!

                        Ok, let's start with the good. I think something funny happens in the first chapter. And it isn't that long.

                        So now the bad. 'I Heart New York' tells the story of the thoroughly boring character Angela who finds her fiance cheating and immediately boards a plane to New York. Once there she books into a lovely hotel, becomes best friends with the concierge who takes her shopping and turns her life around with a haircut and the Mac counter. Of course she meets the man of her dreams, gets a dream job, stays in New York for ever and is oh-so happy. Quite frankly I think 'The Lord of the Rings' was more realistic.

                        This book is basically just a platform for Lindsey Kelk to show off about how much she knows about New York and fashion. It is an endless list of what outfits are being worn, what cocktails are being drunk, what bars the characters go to and what streets they stand on. All of this with very little story happening. If I wanted this I think I'd have picked up a guide book of New York and a copy of Vogue.

                        I'm not a fan of so-called 'chic-lit' at the best of times but enjoy the odd book because they are generally entertaining, light-hearted and easy-going. This isn't even that - it's just downright boring and predictable.

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                          26.09.2010 19:34
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                          A nice easy read

                          I Heart New York is the first in a series of books which follows the adventures of a women named Angela who flees to New York from England after catching her boyfriend cheating. Without giving to much of the story away Angela ends up in New York manages to make friends and even lands herself 2 men in a couple of weeks. She also finds herself a job blogging.

                          This book to me was typical chit lit I am pretty sure that men unless in touch with there feminine side would not get it. The book made me laugh out loud in parts and shows how wonderful friendship and relationships in general can a can not be. Lindsey Kelk is not an author who's book's I have read before but I would say she is quite comparable to Jenny Collgan in the witty way the book is written.

                          The book itself was a paperback copy I lent from my sister and was 307 pages of Angela's adventure. It was an easy read but it didn't have me wanting to read the whole book in one sitting which was ok. I read a chapter or sometimes 2 a night before bed to relax and down. The thing I found a bit bizarre and frustrating about this book is that the character thought she was getting away with her blogging. I don't want to say what about but if you read it you will know. From about quarter of the way through I kept saying out loud you just would not get away with this. The story had some interesting characters Jenny Lopez and Alex Reid being 2 interesting names picked for them lol.

                          This book makes it sound so simple to just run away and almost makes you want to just pack up your bag and head for the airport. The book follows Angela visiting and experiencing lots of places in New York and Lindsey has made the places sound amazing, I really want to go. The book also has added extras in the form of a mini travel guide at the back including hotels, places to go and places to eat in New York City. I am hoping to go there myself in a couple of years so this book has given me some inspiration on where to visit.

                          The author of the book actually writes a blog in the style of Angela http://www.iheartnewyork.co.uk/ which my sister who introduced me to the book follows personally I think it is a little strange but thats personal choice.

                          I will read the next book as the story was easy to follow and I am interested to see where I Heart Hollywood takes me.

                          4 stars as some of the book had me frustrated and it was a book I could put down.

                          I Heart New York can be picked up for around £2 from Amazon or try www.readitswapit.co.uk or your local library.

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