7 July 2009

Review: I HEART NEW YORK by Lindsey Kelk **

"When you're running away from a broken heart, there's only one place to go...the summer debut of the year. Adjusting tiaras at the foot of the aisle, Angela and her best friend prepare for the wedding of the year. But events don't go as planned. And when a girl is in possession of a crumpled bridesmaid dress - and can't go home - New York (for the very first time) seems like an excellent idea. Angela's new friend Jenny Lopez gives Angela a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps, and a makeover. Who hasn't dreamed of starting afresh with a sassy New York wardrobe, a new haircut and a trip to the make-up counter? Before she knows it, the new Angela is getting over her broken heart by having dinner with two different boys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her fabulous new blog. But it's one thing telling readers all about your romantic dilemmas. It's another trying to figure them out for yourself! Warm, funny and unputdownable, I Heart New York is an unforgettable debut."

(summary)

Firstly, it should be clear that the blurb above praises the book far too much as it's hardly good, let alone great or unforgettable. It's cute but boring.

I guess what I liked most about this novel is that it is occassionally witty - but it only made me chuckle a couple of times and not laugh out loud so it should not even be compared to Sophie Kinsella as there really is no comparison whatsoever.
The opening scene of the book was the best, really quite funny and it also had potential, but then it all went downhill. It was all too perfect: a girl comes to NYC, finds BFFs immediately, two most gorgeous guys in town fall head over heels in love with her and her silly blog is a total win. And yep, that's pretty much all there is to the story. No drama, no dilemmas, no twists, nothing. Action is almost non-existant too and I felt the ending was rushed. Furthermore, I didn't like neither the main character nor the others; the men were just too perfect ... Basically, everyone was really one dimensional. There's "drama" at the end, but it's really uncalled for and resolved far too quickly. Oh and commas, argh, a bunch of them were either missing or put in a wrong place. I know that's silly, but I can't help judge a book by that too.

The book wasn't really horrible kind of bad, it's cute and all, but it's just not my cup of tea as it's just too damn simple. I'd recommend it if you like a really, really easy read - as the main character says (and I expect she's just echoing the author's words), her wish is to just write, nothing necessarily deep or meaningful, just something that will help escape from their every day troubles. I really don't want to sound mean as I'm glad that other people enjoyed the book (according to Amazon), but it just didn't work for me. Props to whoever designed the gorgeous cover as it really saved the book and I'm sure the book will sell.

overall rating: 2/5
plot: 2/5 | writing: 3/5 | characters: 2/5 | cover: 4/5

12 comments:

chicklitreviews said...

Oh no, another that sounds great but you didn't like much! (Getting flashbacks of Pop Tart here!!)

I love the sound of I Heart NY, and it's one I really want to read but will take note of your review!

The cover is great but a great cover just can't save a rubbish book. Ooh I can't wait to read it now to see what I think of it!

xxxx

bookalicious said...

Yep, sadly this book is highly reminiscent of Pop Tart, way overhyped and kinda pointless. The plot didn't really appeal to me from the blurb, but I was hoping it would be better executed. I admit I picked it up mostly because of the cover, which is really eyecatching - I needed a quick and easy read, but I admit I was expecing/hoping for more.

bookalicious said...

ps: Oh yeah, I look forward to reading your review eventually - wahey, maybe it's just me this time, who knows. ;)

Amy said...

It's funny as your review makes me really want to read this book! It sounds like the kind of thing I like - I really enjoy really simple, sweet, easy to read books. Life is so darn difficult so much of the time, it's nice to have a really easy and relaxing book that's simple and wishy-washy!

bookalicious said...

Haha, see, my criticism wasn't so bad after all if it made you want to read the book! I wouldn't discourage you - if that's what you're into, then this should be your cup of tea, I guess. To me, it was just too simple and mostly lacking in emotion, too flat, whereas I need passion, something that moves me, either extreme happiness (Kinsella, Keyes) or extreme sadness (Wintergirls, The Collector, We Need to Talk about Kevin), but this book was just so average, it did nothing for me (except the opening scene which was really quite funny).
I really didn't want to sound too negative about this book as I'm sure the author put a lot of effort into it, it's just not my kind of a read, sadly. I still wish the book and the author all the best. :)

Novelicious said...

Oooh, glad I read this, as I nearly bought it in Asda, t'other day!
Great review system btw, rating all the individual elements. Wish I'd thought of that - v. clever! x

bookalicious said...

Hehe, thanks, but I'm afraid I can't take any credit for that - been browsing book a lot lately and noticed that many people rate the books like this (or use smth similar) so I thought I'd adopt the system and your obviously free to do the same if you wish. :) I do think it's quite handy as all of this factors contribute to the final grade.
I wouldn't really not recommend this book, it was just too boring for me. Each to their own and all, but it's safe to say that this book is faaaar from unputdownable like the blurb says.
ps: You'll be pleased to hear that my copy of Saving Grace is apparently on the way! I really want to read it now that you've praised it so much, plus I've grown to like the cover, which seemed to me a bit strange at first, but now I kinda really like it, heh! Hope the book lives up to the expectations, but quite frankly, I've no idea what the book is about so I'll just let myself be surprised. :)

bookalicious said...

*browsing book blogs (d'oh)

chicklitreviews said...

I have this from the library to read and its on top of my TBR pile so will let you know what I think when I've read it! I have started it and love it so far but will see how I go...

Chloe x

bookalicious said...

Great, I look forward to your review! As I said, maybe it was just me, I do hope other readers will find more enjoyable than I did. :)

chicklitreviews said...

Got my review up now... gotta say I did love it lol, maybe I'm just easy to please!

http://chicklitreviews.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/book-review-i-heart-new-york-by-lindsey-kelk/

Chloe x

bookalicious said...

Or maybe I'm just too fussy! ;) Off to read your review now!

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