Book: A Girl Like You
Author: Gemma Burgess
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Abigail Wood is a bit of a mess. She’s just come out of an unsatisfactory relationship after two years of ‘comfortable’ and nothing special and is coming to the conclusion that she also hates her job too, but has no viable alternative on the horizon. Life for the research analyst is about to change. Sharing a living space with Robert the eternal bachelor, Abigail is about the learn the rules of dating:
1. Be cool
2. Be detached
3. Act brutal
4. Stay in control
6. Always leave them before they leave you.
Robert is about to give her a crash course in dating half of London, cutting out the dead weight and restoring her non-existent confidence. Throw in a lot of hilariously bad first-dates, some equally funny banter with Abigail’s friends Plum, Luke and her sister Sophie and the new and improved Abigail is about to turn into a flirting monster. When she meets Dave, one of Robert’s oldest friends she believes that he may actually be ‘the one’. Will her new found calm, love ‘em and leave ‘em maxim hold up against Dave’s charm offensive?
Why you should read this: I went into this book with no expectations – I’d read a quote from the book on Twitter and something about it told me it would be fun. I wasn’t wrong – the book is so funny! – The humour isn’t over the top and it runs through most of the book. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t more dramatic and more serious parts in the book – oh no, there’s plenty of that too! I loved the heroine Abigail. She was real and suffered from many of the same anxieties most females have felt at one time or another. Is she good enough? Should she be doing a different job? Will she ever find love? Robert is great fun too – he decides to take Abigail under his wing and show her what’s out there. His rules may or may not be good ones, but you’ll enjoy the ride. The book isn’t super-smutty either – which is pretty refreshing! I guess I’ve been stuck in the world of smut for a while now, I just expect it, so when it’s presented, but not graphically and is still sexy as hell, bonus!
What you might hate: The book did seem a tad long in the last quarter where everything was turned on its head for Abigail – it’s worth holding out though as the resolution is worth the sad, uncertain moments.
Rating: I give this book 4/5 – I laughed, I cried (well, I didn’t as I don’t cry at books. Like once in a blue moon) and basically ate up this fun, sweet story. You need to read this!