What a Girl Wants (A Girl, #2)by Published 17 Jul 2014
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A summer bestseller from the immensely popular Lindsey Kelk Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan. Now she's the girl with a choice. Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick? For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants.
"What a Girl Wants (A Girl, #2)" Reviews
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*Thank you, Harper Collins*
This is the most PERFECT summer read EVER. I completely devoured it. There is no way that I'm ready to say goodbye to Tess Brookes and her friends yet. There needs to be more of this series. Please tell me there's going to be more Tess?! What a Girl Wants was the perfect read after Mental Health Awareness Month. It was light, fluffy, full of laugh out loud and cringeworthy moments - I really can't get enough of this world that Kelk has built. What a Girl Wants and About a Girl are such Sex in the City books, with the laughs, the drama, the ups and downs; it's absolute perfection. Kekipi is to Tess what Stanford is to Carrie. He is there to hoist her out of trouble and to make sure that she's appropriately dressed in this book just as he was in Hawaii in About a Girl. This is going to be the most incoherent review ever because all I can do is sit and clap with glee at this amazing book!
In What a Girl Wants Tess is back and as disastrous as ever. She is now confronted with the decision between setting up her own company with Charlie, or hopping over to Milan to pursue photography with Nick. This book was exactly what I expected for a sequel to About a Girl. It was equally as hysterical and consuming as the first and I found myself completely immersed in the world of Tess, Amy and the rest of the characters. What I love so much about this book is that the characters actually feel like your friend. Tess is constantly confiding in you, the reader, and it's tough to not feel like you're developing a very trusting friendship with her. This book sees Tess through even more tough times and decisions but they all end in such hilarity. Like I said in my review of About A Girl, I neeeeeed a Tess in my life.
Lindsey Kelk's writing style is one of my favourite things about her books. She is so blunt, so crude and so real. All of her characters talk like real people. There's no censoring characters conversations or thoughts. If a 'fuck' is appropriate or a 'cockwomble' is deserved then let it be said! It's something I definitely connect with with her work. Her characters talk similarly to how I talk to my friends. It's something that's so relatable, so fresh and so real. I really can't get enough of it. Her language and her way of writing is so easy; it just makes for such a quick but fantastic read. I'm eyeing my I Heart series as I type this!
What a Girl Wants is the perfect book. I'm not usually a big reader of 'chick-lit' or contemporary fiction but I can't help myself with Kelk's work. I love them. They make me laugh, they make me cringe and they take you on one hell of a journey. From London to Hawaii to London and potentially Milan, there's never a dull moment in these characters lives and I just found myself lapping it up. This is the most perfect read for summer; it'll leave you grinning and begging for more adventures from Tess Brookes!
Boo-hoo! I was so excited about reading the sequel of About a Girl, but it was such a disappointment.
The short answer is that the end made me so mad I was sorry I didn't have a paperback that I could throw at the wall as you can't really do it with a Kindle... here's why
[spoilers removed] What? I'm sorry what??
If this is a way to drag the series into a third book, it really isn't working as the second book already felt stretched beyond the story limits. Here's why in more detail:
The Love Story What was great in the first book (banter, sarcasm, love/hate) felt forced in this book. I mean, the love/hate works at the beginning of a love story, not really when the relationship has already evolved to another level. Their respective behaviors felt too over the top, almost fake. It was forced.
Call Me Old Fashioned Tessa sleeps again with both Nick and Charlie, meh! I prefer monogamist romances, but it's not just that, it's mostly that the story felt forced again. In the first book it worked. Tessa sleeps with her best friend, he's a jerk, she escapes to Hawaii, she meets Nick. But to have things go down almost the same way in the second book felt same old, same old, repeat, repeat, repeat. Also, for me her sleeping again with Charlie ruins the romance with Nick.
The Arty Intrigue Seriously, who cares? The whole side plot of Arty's son being petty was boring, predictable, it didn't add anything to the story... waste of pages, huge waste of pages.
Amy I don't like her, her drama was once again useless... she was an annoying accessory. The first book was special because Tessa was away from anyone, putting Amy in the second book ruined that, and Amy really doesn't add anything to the story.
Overall, this book fell short. The disappointment was so much stronger because I loved the first book so much. If the story was ruined only for the author to have a third book to add to the series I honestly hope this is not the case, stretching a story beyond its natural evolution only to sell one extra book it's more harmful as it gets fans so mad! Believe me I'm mad! (Also considering how ridiculously expensive the ebook was, I'm so glad I borrowed it)
Instead, if that's how the story really is supposed to end it just sucks! So Boo-Hoo.
***Update*** And then book three gets announced... quote the blurb: "...When the opportunity arises to join her best friend, Amy, in New York for Christmas, Tess jumps at the chance. The only fly in ointment is that Nick, the man who broke her heart, lives there. And Charlie, the man she turned down, has just started talking to her again...." Really? Is she doing the whole Charlie/Nick shenanigan a third time?! Please authors please stop dragging stories just to sell extra books... wrap up your romances and move on!
Lindsey Kelk is back with another blockbuster summer read, What A Girl Wants, which is the highly anticipated sequel to her new series, About A Girl. I’ve loved every single one of Lindsey’s books and I was hugely excited for What A Girl Wants!
What A Girl Wants continues where the previous book left off, where Tess arrives back in London after all the drama in Hawaii. Right away, I was hooked and I found it really hard to stop reading it. It was so good to read about Tess and the gang again after a year. A year! I guess from the blurb (and the ending of About A Girl), that Tess is offered a photography gig with Lovely Al in Milan! MILAN! Did Tess take this job to pursue her passion for photography or to chance a meet up with a blonde Adonis with piercing blue eyes?
I don’t think “excited” and “thrilled” could describe how I felt when I was reading What A Girl Wants! What’s not to love about Lindsey Kelk’s new series? First there was the absolutely gorgeous, everyone’s paradise, Hawaii and now it’s the fashion savvy and irresistibly charming Milan? Let’s just say, I felt like I was in the book! The things I love most about Lindsey Kelk’s books are the travelling part (pure escapist reads, all the time!), her beautifully detailed description of each setting, in Milan, which is the palazzo and streets of Milan, and of course, her sparkling humour. In What A Girl Wants, Lindsey Kelk's witty and signature turn of phrase is as fabulous as always.
The gang is back, people! Including my favourite fairy gayfather, Kekipi who is even more of a hoot in What A Girl Wants as well as the scrummy Nick and adorably reliable Charlie. So, the question is, are you on #TeamNick or #TeamCharlie? Personally, I’m the president of #TeamNick but after reading What A Girl Wants, I couldn’t very well decide! But that doesn’t matter, it’s up to Tess to decide! Remember Tess’s best friend, Amy? She plays a bigger part in this book and it was such a thrill to have her on Tess’s adventures in Milan, with her craziness and full-of-life effervescence.
Whether you’re sitting in your sofa reading this, or lying in bed or a chaise lounge by the pool, What A Girl Wants definitely delivers your fix of summer sunshine and it will put a smile on your face. An absolute treat for fan of Lindsey Kelk, What A Girl Wants is a delicious cocktail with all the right ingredients, which will leave you feeling giddy, incredibly satisfied but a stonking book hangover. A sublime Lindsey Kelk read, one not to be missed!
''No one can accuse me of being boring'' the new Tess Brookes get into even more bother than the first book. You'll find yourself shouting for the first part of the book Just Call Nick. Then you discover he isn't picking up. Until Nick appears (About 100 pages in) again you just think Pick up the phone. This times Tess does the opposite to book one ''I'm not thinking about Nick'' instead of Charlie's name being in this quote.
When back in London Tess sleeps with Charlie again and he's falling head over heels for her not realising she loves Nick. When Charlie tells Tess he loves her, Tess's reply is an OK, that's brilliant supported by a thumbs up. Only Tess could do this.
In Milan now with Nick, but Amy's here this time and she's so funny with him. Amy is such a great friend to have and I love reading about her. As for Nick and Tess they start hot with each other, then they go cold with each other. Nick should listen to Katy Perry's Hot N Cold it really suits him. Tess questions whether she can be in love with two people at once? She might be but it's certainly two different type of loves one in lover and one as a best friend (If Charlie can ever be that again). In some cases Tess is more like Nick that she knows. Amy is funny again telling Tess to make a decision, go Amy exactly what i wanted to say to Tess Be Brave!
My favourite relationship between two people in this series is Al and Tess. Al gives such great advice to Tess while Tess would defend Al against anyone. Tess reminds me so much of Angela in many ways diving straight in and not talking to people are two of the top reasons they are so alike. I maybe think Angela might have picked quicker but maybe that's because to me her choice was so easy Alex is such a great character. Back to Tess's choice I think she knows which one she wants really but telling the other is proving difficult.
The airport scenes were so funny with Tess and Amy getting themselves arrested. They should be getting arrested for being idiots over being a security risk. ''Do you want the good or bad news?'' It's two men at two separate airports with Mr Miller going to Linate Airport. I like Amy very much as a friend i'm still not keen on Paige and Vanessa is even worse.
It really does leave you thinking in this book if either guy is right for Tess? She isn't the girl for Charlie because she's changed too much and won't go back to that. In several occasions Nick is also not the man for her but in other occasions is so the man for her.
The note at the end leaves you crying and furious at the same time!!!
I can't even explain how much I love Lindsey Kelk and this book.
Tess is absolutely hilarious. It's shocking how someone so intelligent can be so clueless sometimes. But that is exactly why I love her. Her mistakes and her indecisiveness is what makes her so relatable and easy to like. As much as I knew everything was going to blow up in her face with Charlie and Nick I could totally understand all her actions. Tess isn't perfect but I love her.
Now onto the boys. In the first book I was completely and utterly on team Nick. After this book I'm even more sure. Nick and Tess have a chemistry that just jumps off the page. They may not share as much history or know each other as well as Tess and Charlie but I believe in her feelings for Nick so much more. Sometimes they bring out the worst in each other and sometimes the best but I loved every second of them from the fights to the making up and I loved how they developed as individual characters and as a pair.
In the first book I didn't care much for Charlie but after reading this I absolutely adore him. He's loyal and funny and sweet but he is not the guy for Tess. Tess needs to be with Nick and put Charlie back where he fits, as her best friend. I love both guys so I can see why Tess struggled to let them both go. That ending was hilarious but also heartbreaking and I can't believe I have to wait to find out if Tess can ever repair her relationship with Nick or friendship with Charlie.
The rest of the characters were amazing as usual and I loved getting to see more of Amy. She was crazy, loyal and was the perfect person to help Tess through this adventure.
Can I have the next book now please?