written by Meredith Schorr
published by Booktrope Editions
Why did I pick this book: Ms. Schorr asked if I would review her book, and I happily agreed. I had read Ms. Schorr’s other novel, A State of Jane, and enjoyed it. (See my review here.) (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy Blogger Girl. It was a fun read that many chick lit lovers, bloggers, and romantics will enjoy. And if you ever wanted to know a bit about the life of a blogger, pick up this book. It’s a pretty good glimpse! Anyway, I read Blogger Girl every free chance I had, and I wish I had had more free chances because I did not want to put this book down.
Kimberly Long is a young woman who is in a job she kind of likes with a great boss who allows her to pursue her passion, book blogging, while at work. She is strong and tough. Kim stands up for herself, and she is quick with the witty comebacks. I was surprised by some of her insecurities but I was glad that she had them. That made her more real. Kim is likeable and relatable in a lot of respects. Kim runs an extremely popular chick lit blog, Pastel is the New Black (cute name!), and she is contacted to review a new release by Hannah Marshak, an old nemesis from high school. Kim is a pretty accurate portrayal of a book blogger — in some ways, she reminded me of me. She has a list of TBR books, a calendar of deadlines, an inbox full of requests, and she loves it (as do I). The only time that I didn’t like Kim as much as I wanted to was when she went a bit petty regarding Hannah and reviewing her book. If I was in Kim’s position and had experienced Hannah’s meanness in high school, I probably would have had the same initial hesitation to reviewing her book. But I think that I would have gotten over that pretty quickly, at least I hope I would have. Hannah still seems to behave the same way that she did in high school, even ten years later. Hannah is a character that everyone knew in school. She will be familiar to most readers. I thought her progression throughout Blogger Girl was fabulous. (I don’t want to give anything away about that, but it was done well.) Kim’s progression after accepting the request to review Hannah’s book, Cut on the Bias, is also fabulous. She went everywhere emotionally, and I loved the cancelled post — both the reasons for the content of it and the reason behind it being cancelled.
I think everyone would love to have a boss who is as awesome as Kim’s boss, Rob! Rob is a fantastic character whom I liked from the start. I loved their banter and working relationship. They make a great team and I couldn’t imagine Rob with a different secretary. And his obvious support and pride in her is wonderful. Kim also has a major crush on an associate at the law firm where she works. Nicholas is your average hard-working associate — long hours, tedious work, not a lot of free time. Ms. Schorr nailed the realities of an associate working at a law firm. Nicholas is a sweet guy and he seemed to really like Kim. He was behind her and saw straight through her. Nicholas was a great love interest. Also, I liked the fact that he didn’t just open up to Kim and tell her everything. That made Nicholas real to me because really, how many guys do you know open up about their past and their feelings? Nicholas also had a strong wit and countered Kim’s beautifully. I disliked Daneen from the get-go. However, I enjoyed how the relationship between Daneen and Kim was “mended” in the end. Kim’s friends, Bridget and Caroline, were sweet and true friends, Bridget especially. I didn’t quite understand the point behind the spa scene except that it facilitated the end, which was a great end.
I absolutely loved the ending. The last dialogue exchange was fantastic!!! Left me with a big smile. I believed that I also gave a hearty laugh out loud during the scene leading up to that exchange.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book! I would definitely recommend this book to any chick lit lover, any blog lover, and any blogger.
Will I read it again: I just may.
About the book – from Goodreads: What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.
A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.
While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.
Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!