Release Date: April 3, 2014
Series: Edgewood Falls #1
Review Source: ARC for review through Xpresso Book Tours
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.
But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who's proving hard to find.
One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies...
Overall One Broke Girl is a sweet story. I definitely rooted for Anna and Gavin to be together. I also liked the overall message of the book, that sometimes the life you end up with isn’t what you planned, but it might be the perfect one for you. I also liked how Anna learned about the satisfaction of hard work, something she previously had no experience with. I also enjoyed the scenes of Anna with her new friends. Anything with supportive female friendship automatically makes a book better, in my opinion.
The main reason why I did love this book is because of its length. I fully believe that you can tell a well-rounded story in the length of a novella, but in One Broke Girl things felt rushed. The character development, the new romance, and resolving the situation with Anna’s mom all happened so quickly. All of these things could have been more meaningful if there was a gradual change in the situations.
Overall? Not a favourite, but a decent read. If you're looking for a short New Adult book that you can read in one sitting, this one would likely satisfy.
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