This pedometer geek recently had the opportunity to read one of the latest novels by Lindsey Kelk. Having won a copy of her A Girl’s Best Friend through a Goodreads giveaway, it was the first of hers I have had the pleasure of reading; however, once delving into the novel, I realized that it was the third novel in the series which began with About A Girl then followed up by What A Girl Wants. This is the extended review.
A Girl’s Best Friend
by Lindsey Kelk
Published by Harper, 2015
an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
As mentioned above, this is the third novel in the series which began with About A Girl. This series is chick-lit laced with romance, and the books are told from the perspective of the main character, Tess Brookes. She is a realistic, likeable character, a budding professional photographer. She has her moments of twenty-something angst which stands against her moments of inspiration and clarity. Her loyalty to her friends (Amy and Charlie in particular) even when and if they don’t act as she would prefer is part of her charm and makes her a person a reader would love to call a friend.
Having not read the previous two, it took some time to understand what was going on in the story as it picks up where the second one left off. In fact, this reader has begun to read the first one to understand what is now essentially all back-story (thus to discuss much of the plot is to provide spoilers for the others). However, having said that, from the back cover blurb: Tess travels to New York to spend Christmas with her best friend Amy. Added to that, she has four days to take the perfect photo for a competition that could save her career all the while avoiding a man who broke her heart.
Despite the fact that it was the third novel, or maybe because of it, once those first awkward what-the-heck moments of trying to get all the past events were figured out, it is a fun read. All the Briticisms, especially about those characters who are jerks, are both illuminating and hilarious. If for no other reason, Kelk’s use of words like cockwombles and knobjockey opens a reader’s eyes to the differences in our shared language.
The novel ends happily for the protagonist, but to really appreciate the total arc of Tess’ career and love choices, this reader highly suggests that they be read in order. Because this reader wants to know it all in more detail, I’m ending this review to return to About A Girl.