About a Girl (Lindsey Kelk)
Tess Brookes has had the week from hell. The much-deserved promotion she was getting at work suddenly turns into being made redundant, her flatmate Vanessa is a total bitch and she gets rejected by Charlie, the guy she has been in love with for years. So when Tess accidentally answers 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 in Hawaii but soon regrets her decision as she starts to fall for Nick (the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her) who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, but unfortunately is an egotistical monster. Whilst trying to figure out whether to fess up to her ‘boss’ and whether to get over Charlie by getting under Nick, Tess goes on a journey of self-discovery and comes out the other side with a new approach to life.
About a Girl is a brilliant novel, full of moments that will bring you laughter, tears and hope. This is the second novel I have read written by Lindsey Kelk and I am very impressed. It is clear that Lindsey has mastered the romantic-comedy genre and I shall definitely be checking out her other novels. Especially as About a Girl is the first of a series of novels based around Tess and I definitely want to know what else life has in store for her!
The character Tess is instantly likeable, some of the situations Lindsey puts her in are brilliant and written perfectly. Although Tess’s life turns sour at the start of the book, it’s great to see her change in being as she decides to take action and change her life for the better. Jetting off to Hawaii for a week certainly seems like a good idea to me anyway! Whilst in Hawaii Tess meets loads of other brilliant characters from Kekipi her new gay best friend, who loves to throw parties, take over the karaoke machine and cause as much mischief as possible, to Al, the sweet wise old man Tess befriends on the beach one day. You will find yourself loving every character – even Vanessa who fast becomes the one you love to hate!
The novel was so enjoyable that I could hardly bare to put it down, and what I really love is that the ending leaves with a slight cliff-hanger making you even more desperate to get the next one in the series! Definitely a must-read for all who love romantic comedies, it’s perfect to curl up with on a cold winter’s night!