Title: Blogger Girl
Author: Meredith Schorr
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication Date: 14th February 2017
Format: ARC e-book
Note: This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review
About the book:
What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to ﬁnd out.
A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law ﬁrm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review.
With their ten-year reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her offline life.
What I Thought:
To begin with I was a little unsure about Blogger Girl, I wasn’t really sure what to think of the concept. I mean Blogger Girl revolves around Kim Long, a 20 something living in New York City spending her free time reading and reviewing books, it’s basically a book about someone like me. Okay, so Kim has been blogging for longer than I, and her blog Pastel is the New Black is the Chick Lit blog to read, but it took me a while to really connect to her.
I felt like I started the book just going through the motions, it was some of the supporting characters that first drew me in and kept me reading. Bridget and Caroline are Kim’s best friends and I found her interaction with them made her a more likable character. Kim’s crush on her office co-working irritated me to begin with, it all felt a bit high school for me. However once they actually started speaking to each other their relationship started to grow on me.
One of the things I liked the most about Nicholas was he came across as a real person, yes he’s a successful associate at a city law firm, but he’s 5′ 7″ and lean, not some 6′ 3″ slice of chiselled perfection, just a nice guy that you might actually bump into going for coffee one day. Jonathan and Rob are both nice additions to the novel but are definitely secondary characters.
The two characters I struggled with the most were Hannah and Daneen. Hannah is the high school nemesis who as stepped back into Kim’s world by writing her own chick lit book. To me Hannah is a little clichéd and a little bit Mean Girls – Although she has a moment towards the end. Daneen is the other woman who treats Kim horribly – I would go as far to say she bullies her at work. Daneen did her job, she made me feel far more empathy towards Kim, after all who hasn’t had at least a moment in their life where they’ve felt insecure compared to those around them. That said I feel she was a little over done, she was very clearly meant to be the bad guy in this, and perhaps it could have been a little more subtle, at points she felt like a bit of a caricatured.
Would I recommend it?
I started out this book thinking it was going to be a no, but Meredith won me over, Blogger Girl turned into something that celebrated close friendships – those people in your life who can tell you you’ve mucked it up and you need to fix it, those that will be there to support you. It told the story of a girl who let go of her insecurity and took a chance with her hobby and with love and actually became something I enjoyed and would recommend. I’ll be keeping my eye out for the sequel.
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