Brooklyn Girls

Gemma Burgess. St. Martin’s Griffin, $14.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-2500-0085-9
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. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/13/2013
Release date: 07/02/2013
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 382 pages - 978-84-01-34692-7
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