Today we hear from Bookbabbler Sarah, and review our ‘author in residence’s new book, Jessie Hearts NYC, out this month. We’re also offering 5 Bookbabblers a chance to win a copy for themselves – read on….!
Jessie’s just arrived in New York, hoping to forget about her awful ex.New Yorker Finn is in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.They might be perfect together, but in a city of eight million people, will they find each other?
Jessie hearts NYC is Keris Stainton’s second novel, following on from her 2010 debut with ‘Della says OMG!’.
I don’t usually judge books by their cover, but you cannot help but be impressed by the fabulous gold cover on Jessie hearts NYC which instantly grabbed my attention.
The novel follows Jessie and her best friend Emma who go to New York to visit Jessie’s mother during the summer holidays. Hoping to get over her ex-boyfriend Jessie does not expect to find romance in the big apple. Finn is from New York and is in love with his best friend’s girlfriend and under a lot of pressure from his parents. Jessie and Finn seem to meet, but not become acquainted for much of the book. I felt that fate was a really big part of the story and it works well with the way that the story is told in two voices, alternating between Jessie and Finn.
One strong element in the story was also the relationship between Jessie and her estranged mother Natalie. Jessie seems closer to her father and almost wary of her mother. It is interesting to see the relationship develop and change throughout the story.
I enjoyed this book so much and thought that it was particularly evident that Keris Stainton loves New York and has meticulously researched her book. Just reading this made me want to go to the city again and the author provides us with lists of places to visit. I also loved the fact that lots of links were made between films and locations in New York, it is a fun element that makes the reader feel that they’re really in the city.
Gripping and exciting, Jessie Hearts NYC is a perfect summer read!
Thanks, Sarah! So if you fancy getting your hands on this ‘perfect summer read’, comment on this post, ‘like’ it on Facebook or retweet it, and we’ll pick out 5 winners (UK only) on Sunday at 7pm – good luck all!