Fantastically funny, fresh and utterly relatable, Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess is the first novel in her brand new series about five twenty-something friends—Pia, Angie, Julia, Coco and Madeleine—sharing a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and discovering the ups and downs and ins and outs of their "semi-adult" lives. The first story belongs to sophisticated, spoiled, and stylish Pia, who finds herself completely unemployed, unemployable, and broke. So what is a recent grad with an art history degree and an unfortunate history of Facebook topless photos to do? Start a food truck business of course! Pia takes on the surprisingly cutthroat Brooklyn world of hybrid lettuce growers, artisanal yogurt makers and homemade butter producers to start SkinnyWheels—all while dealing with hipster bees, one-night-stands, heartbreak, parental fury, wild parties, revenge, jail, loan sharks, playboys, karaoke, true love, and one adorable pink food truck. And that's without counting her roommates' problems, too. Gemma Burgess has captured the confusion, hilarity and excitement of the post-graduate years against a backdrop of the pressures and chaos of New York City life, with heartfelt empathy, fast humor and sharp honesty.
A charming debut series about five twenty-something girls and the humor, heartbreak, and drama that bring them together
Burgess (A Girl Like You) delves into the mind of 22-year-old Pia Keller, a spoiled party girl and recent Brown grad who's just moved to Brooklyn with four girlfriends. After photos of Pia dancing topless show up online, Pia not only loses her job but also her allowance. Following a failed waitressing stint, Pia unwittingly borrows cash from a loan shark to start her own food truck. As the business gains popularity, Pia begins to establish herself as an adult lest her peripatetic parents make good on their threat to whisk her away to their home in Zurich. Meanwhile there are coincidental meet-cutes with a hottie named Aidan; angst over breaking up with the only boy she's ever loved; clashes with food-truck rivals; girl drama with roomies; and the loan shark's bullying. This novel's strength lies in its well-rendered characters. While Pia isn't very likable as she romps noisily about, using boys and endangering girls, her actions are true to who she is. Her friends also escape the cookie cutter. Good thing, since the narrative is derivative of Lena Dunham's Girls and doesn't shy away from highly unlikely outcomes and twists that you can see coming.
This book reminds me of my life right now(except her drunken moments/ sleeping around), young and trying to figure things out. When deciding if I should read this book or not I was skeptical a little bit. Nevertheless after reading, it gave me hope that I know things will turn around for me ( career-wise). I prescribe this book for young ladies in their 20's trying to figure out "life"
Refreshing, Real & Relatable
This book is refreshing, real and relatable. Sometimes I want to punch the main character in the face because she's such an idiot, but then you realize what 20-something-year-old hasn't done something they regret? The stories in this book are totally relatable for any 20-something-year-old female struggling to find out what to do after graduation. I love it!!!
Really good read
As a 20 year old girl it's hard to find decent books that I can relate to, 'Brooklyn girls' is something I can totally relate to. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone