Like. Candy. To. A. Baby. SERIOUSLY.
Although wait a minute, candy to a baby? Wouldn’t that be a bad idea? Anyway…
My friend who blogs sporadically over at Escaping Reality with Books lent me a tonne of literature, perhaps you remember? Yeah, it seems forever ago now but guess what? I still haven’t read most of them. 😛 When looking through her shelves she pushed this mysterious I Heart series (of which this book is the first) towards me with unrepressed excitement. I sort of turned my nose up a little bit unimpressed because hey, chick lit.
Wow I feel like such a snob, because it’s the best chick lit I’ve ever read! Like I said, candy to a baby. 🙂
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 on her new blog (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out). But it’s one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemma’s, 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?
This is one of those books that if you look at it with your brain there is sooo much wrong with it, but if you go purely on your heart and the enjoyment factor it’s excellent, and isn’t it good to just go with your heart sometimes?
Yes, yes it is. 😀
I must admit I was worried when the character started complaining about her weight within the first 4 pages – this is a pet hate of mine, the fact that chick lit always feels the need to talk about being overweight/dieting/commenting on the calories of food, as if our society isn’t body conscious enough – especially females. Chick lit seems to like reinforcing negative body views we have, and in my opinion talking about it is only adding to the problem. Okay rant over now, lol. But once I got over that little pet hate there was really a lot to love about this book!
The plot taps into every females suppressed dreams and secret desires (Many of which I didn’t even realise I had!) from having an endless money resource, someone acting as your own personal shopper giving you amazing new clothes, makeup and accessories that transform you from bland to grand. Multiple guys hitting on you at once and an automatic friendship group. Not to mention getting a job after one interview when you don’t even know anything about the company you’re applying for! At the beginning of the book all these things were very hard for me to swallow, as a person that likes to question everything, plot holes and I don’t usually get along, but once I got over how ridiculously unrealistic everything was and just went with with it, it was really awesome! Sure, at the back of my mind I was always waiting for when Angela would go bankrupt but by that point I was already too entertained to care. This is the quickest that I have read a book in a long time, I couldn’t put it down! I would sit there reading and look up about two hours later with almost no idea that time had passed at all, and it repeatedly kept me up until three in the morning.
Of course the setting was also a large part of why I loved this book. Seeing Angela discover New York for the first time and tagging along with her as she visited all the historic sites is a great opportunity to live vicariously through her. 😛 After finishing the book I really wanted to go back to New York!
The writing for the most part is pretty nondescript; not in a it’s uninteresting and dull way, but there is not particularly strong style to it. There weren’t any sentences structures or quotes that stood out but it is bubbly, lighthearted and fun. Kelk makes very easy reading too, if I had to put the book down it only took seconds for me to get into it when I picked it back up. In comparison this was the polar opposite to my last read Dracula and was great for some light relief! There were a lot of ‘awwwh’ and ‘eeek’ moments with the occasional funny thrown in, and apart from the author’s weird obsession with constantly writing shirtdresses into the story, I can’t really fault her fun, feel good technique because it had me grinning from ear to ear!
The characters were likable and easily lovable. We immediately sympathize with Angela after her jaw dropping revelation that her boyfriend of ten years is cheating on her – among over things. The fact that her first gut reaction is to take off and fly to New York on her own, instantly makes her far more fascinating than any other chick-lit leads I have come across. She feels a little more unique and different.
Jenny, Angela’s New York BFF is also subtly developed more than the average best friend character. It soon becomes apparent that the reasons she throws herself into fixing and improving Angela’s life is to avoid dealing with her own.
Alex….well *dorky smile time* 😀 he makes the perfect love interest and had me swooning at all the right points. He was described so well that I could picture exactly what he would look like in real life and his interactions with Angela were believable and sweet.
Tyler I wasn’t so keen on, he is based on a woman’s theoretical ideal; he is a Wall Street banker with money to burn, has a healthy relationship with Tiffany’s and a Prince Charming complex. This is never really something that’s appealed to me so I didn’t warm to him quite as much, but it is still hard to resist his charms at points and he made an interesting character.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves chick-lit and doesn’t mind unbelievable storylines in favor of entertainment. I Heart New York would also be great for anyone interested in New York City and those considering visiting it some day because you get a good tour of the place from Angela’s viewpoint. This book will be perfect for any females 15+ looking for a lighthearted read. For the record, you are witnessing history here! I have never given a chick-lit book five stars, and I didn’t think that I ever would! Now I have to eat my words. 😛
I’m really interested to see how this series will progress and if it’s entertainment value will lend well to a whole series. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the author will adapt the story to other places (I heart… Hollywood, Paris, Vegas and London) and whether it is simply the excitement New York that makes this one particularly great.
Thanks for listening to my rambles as always guys! 😀 Also I’m curious to know – Do you have an issue with the way chick lit portrays body image?
Writing Style: 4/5
Character Development: 4/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes.
(To read my review of the next book in the I Heart New York series, I Heart Hollywood, click here.)
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