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About a Girl (A Girl #1)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,006 Ratings  ·  315 Reviews
I’d lost my job. I’d lost the love of my life. My mum wasn’t talking to me. My best friend was epically pissed off. And my flatmate probably had a hit out on me by now. I never meant for things to get so out of hand…

Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when her carefully constructed Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidently answering h
Paperback, 402 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Harper Collins (first published 2013)
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About A Girl is solid gold when it comes to chicklit. It’s the chicklit chocolate cake with a cherry on top. I’ve only read one other book of Lindsey Kelk, but I’m glad to have added this one to my resume, and this book officially makes her an author to look out for.

It’s about a girl (GET IT), Tess, who has too much on her plate to deal with. She loses her job and her best friend in the same week and her head is reeling. So when she gets the opportunity to take her roommate’s place and go to Haw
Jul 20, 2013 Lye rated it did not like it
I've never been so annoyed at a book. I'm a huge fan of chick lit and adore a good beach read during the summer months. I picked up this book during backpacking for long train rides hoping it would keep me entertained. Instead what I got was a book filled with a whiny and slightly annoying protagonist. No matter how hard I tried, I could not relate to Tess. What was even more frustrating is that the book has no ending! At the end of the book things are vague, which is all fine and dandy but the ...more
I absolutely loved this book. Nick must be the hugest reader crush I had in forever!
Oh boy the banter in this book the story is perfect, the love-hate relationship is so great!
Tessa is fun and there's a lot of humor and funny moments.
I loved this novel I immediately empathized with Tessa. She loses her job, which basically is her life. She’s helplessly in love with her best friend, and when they finally get together it’s another major screw-up. So then of course she assumes a false identity and
Sep 25, 2013 Chelsey rated it did not like it
Couldn't even get past chapter 1.
I have enjoyed Lindsey Kelk's books in the past, but I feel her formula is getting old.
Each of her books feature immature heroines who get fed up with life, fly to another part of the world, screw their lives up royally, and eventually "get the guy."

Ugh. Please. Come up with something NEW!

But, I could have looked past the recycled plot if the writing were actually good. Which, it is not.
I tried, I honestly did, to enjoy it.
Alas, I could not. I was bored to t
Apr 13, 2015 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Tess is a young woman experiencing turbulence in her rigid life, something unfamiliar to this bright eyed lass. She has a plan, a perfectionist, likes to be in control. When her life spins out of her comfort zone she steps out of her contained box and lives on the edge, well the edge for Tess that is. Tess is likable, a bit immature for a 28 year old. She’s hesitant but decides to be adventurous and throw caution to the wind, I like this about her. She discovers much about herself as she lets go ...more
Love Fool
Apr 20, 2016 Love Fool rated it really liked it
I’d lost my job. I’d lost the love of my life. My mum wasn’t talking to me. My best friend was epically pissed off. And my flatmate probably had a hit out on me by now. I never meant for things to get so out of hand…

After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, why shouldn’t she try out being Vanessa? With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can
Feb 11, 2015 Jasmin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess Brookes hat 2 beste Freunde, Amy und Charley, und einen Job der ihr ganzes Leben ausfüllt. Ihr fehlt es eigentlich an nichts. Außer das sie richtig lebt. Bis zu dem Tag wo sie ins Büro zitiert wird. Mit den Gedanken ihre Beförderung zu bekommen,geht sie leider als arbeitslos wieder nach Hause. Tess verliert alles aus den Augen und weiß erstmal nichts mehr mit ihrem Leben anzufangen. Als ihre (nervige) Mitbewohnerin Vanessa, die Fotografin ist, in ihrer Abwesenheit einen Anruf bekommt,nimmt ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Natalie rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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what...did I just read. This book was terrible. It's a shame because I liked the idea but how it was written was just...arhhggg.
It's slow for a start, taking over 100 pages to get into her actually going to this trip and by this point, I already hate the main character aswell as all the other characters, so I don't give two shits on what's going on anyway. The plane could crash and I wouldn't a give a fuck.

She's annoying, whiny, dramatic....just everything you don't want in a main character. I
Book Addict Shaun
Jul 01, 2013 Book Addict Shaun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I wish I was better at writing reviews as I don't know how to write a good enough review to do this book justice! I absolutely loved it. I think I enjoyed it more than any of the 'I Heart' books and I think Lindsey Kelk may now be my favourite chick lit author. This was probably the most readable book I have read this year, if that's the right word to use. It was just a joy to read from start to finish and I did not want it to end.

Kelk certainly has a way with words. Some of the descriptions us
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Feb 11, 2016 Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Published: 16/07/2013
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Reecommended for: fans of chick lit

I love Lindsey Kelk books! They are all brilliantly written, this book in particular is amazing, she writes the book in a way that makes you feel like you are right there living it your self, a must read for people who like 'chick lit' books, it will also have you laughing, with a touch of romance, another brilliant books by a very talented author! This book features the wonderful character of Tess Brookes, the author ha
Oct 11, 2014 Tasha rated it really liked it
In most books, the characters walk off into the sunset, never to be seen again, but this awesome woman manages to intertwine her stories, making characters pop up from one story to another. I swear at times she has a link into my head of what I want in a story.

Now I guess it's time for the actual story. As much as I adore everything she's ever written, this is possibly by far my favourite. It has her usual sparkle and fun way with words, but I found myself laughing a lot more with this. Especial
Jun 04, 2015 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Lindsey Kelk has become one of my favorite chick lit authors, and this book was another of hers that I really enjoyed. There were some very touching scenes, one especially that took place with Tess in a Hawaiian paradise with a waterfall, a Valentino dress, and a handsome man. That was my favorite part of the book, and I loved the way it seemed almost out of a fairytale. This was a fun one to read, and I liked the way all worked out for Tess.

Tess has always been responsible and ultra focused on
Aug 18, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2013
I loved this one- the first Lindsey Kelk book I've tried. Wouldn't we all love to have a week in someone else's shoes- particularly if that's happening in Hawaii. I will definately look out for more books by Lindsey.
Jan 16, 2015 Aida rated it liked it
The fact that I completed this book in less than four days is enough of a laurel for this book itself, being the sluggish reader i am. That is- its catchy, fast-paced, and brisk. The plot is actually nice for a chick-lit book. I was expecting a lot of Sophie kinsella prototype nonsensicalities. But i was surprised it had clever turns and the story did come in full circle and surprisingly there weren't any nagging holes in the storyline which the writer didnt fill up for her readers which was ext ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an advanced readers copy from Harper Collins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

This book is a re-release and the ratings are all over the map so I was quite interested in reading it and forming my own opinion.

The plot was a little crazy and the characters were even crazier but I found myself really liking this book. I went between laughing out loud to wanting to slap some sense into Tess.
May 05, 2013 Bookevin rated it it was amazing
This is another whooping winner by Lindsey Kelk. This is love.
Tanya Negrey
Apr 27, 2014 Tanya Negrey rated it did not like it
I have to say that what stuck out most for me in this book- and there were many things, none good- was the blatant abuse of alcohol the protagonist engages in. She also states on page 389 that some "crack would be nice". This is meant to be flippant/cool/funny, but is akin to a freshman in college who is tasting freedom & partying for the first time. So, no, not the way a 29-year-old professional should aim for behaving. The amount of time Tess spends procuring, using, then recovering from t ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Szilvamag rated it it was amazing
Nem voltak magas elvárásaim a könyvvel kapcsolatban, azt gondoltam, hogy ez is csak egy lesz a sok tingli-tangli romantikus közül, de nem is tévedhettem volna nagyobbat. Ez volt az eddigi legjobb chick lit, amit valaha olvastam. Imádtam minden sorát, úgyhogy új kedvenc írónőt avattam vele.

Csak azt sajnálom, hogy nem egy önálló kötetről van szó, és így a fene se tudja, hogy mennyit kell epekednem és várakoznom a folytatás után.
Feb 11, 2016 Christina rated it liked it
Tess was meant to be promoted but instead she was retrenched. She's pined after her childhood friend ever since she could remember but he clearly doesn't see her that way. She's pretty much hit rock bottom. When she's given an opportunity to travel to Hawaii pretending to be her carefree roommate Vanessa, she pounces and suddenly she's new and improved, so much she doesn't want to return to face reality.

About a Girl was a slow paced read. It wasn't one to devour in one seating but it was enjoyab
Jul 18, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am Tess, Tess is me. Constantly questioning, constantly hungry, constantly sarcastic. This book was so much fun to read! Gotta love a book that leaves you all happy and tingling when you finish it
Nov 24, 2015 dangeryears rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ez a példány egy "kicsit" kilóg az általam mostanában olvasott könyvek közül, és nem véletlenül.
Mikor legutóbb könyvtárban jártam, hogy beszerezzem a havi olvasmányadagom, a két világháborús (egy a D napról, egy a Bismarck csatahajóról) és a Hitleres könyvem mellé kértem valami idézem "könnyed olvasmányt"
Én valami fantasy-re vagy életrajzra gondoltam, erre a könyvtárosnő lecsapta elém ezt a borzadványt, amiről már a borítója alapján ordított hogy nem nekem való, de úgy voltam vele, tegyünk egy p
Bree T
Aug 05, 2014 Bree T rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance, arc
Tess Brookes has been dedicated to a plan almost her whole life. She has a steady job and is just about to be promoted. Maybe then she can move out of the place she shares with her horrific flatmate and actually find somewhere on her own. And of course, Charlie, the guy she’s been in love with since university is finally going to wake up and see that they’re made for each other.

Instead of being given the promotion she was promised, Tess finds herself made redundant. Then she makes a big mistake
May 26, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
Loved this so much. Another stellar story by Lindsey!
Jun 01, 2014 Simona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-not-read
Tess’s life is turned upside down when she looses her job and on top of that she’s in love with her best friend Charlie. She has been for the last 10 years. And in a night where she’s frustrated, drunk and down, it happens. The next morning she confesses her feelings and he just says all the wrong things!!!

When she gets the opportunity to get away and be someone else, she takes it. She takes her flatmate Vanessa’s job and flies to Hawaii for a photo shoot, where she’s the photographer.

Hawaii is
Aug 07, 2013 Georgina rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Lindsey Kelk fan from her famous I Heart series, which just gets better and better with each book. I was a little worried that with the start of a new series and new characters that it wouldn't be as good. I shouldn't have worried at all, however as About A Girl, the first book in this series was just amazing.

About A Girl is the type of book that you will pick up and not want to put down. I read this book on a weekend that I was spending with family so I couldn't just sit down and d
Jul 26, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
About a Girl by the incredibly talented writer Lindsey Kelk is the ultimate chick-lit summer read of 2013. Well, that's my personal opinion anyway. Although I had to make do with reading this story in my bedroom (sometimes stretching to the garden) it is definitely a beach book, best served with a cocktail and sand between your toes. About a Girl was published on the fourth of July 2013, and has an average rating of 5 stars on Amazon! That rating is definitely deserved, and I really hope anyon ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Ivana rated it liked it
It pains me so much to give only 3 stars to something written by Lindsey Kelk, who I adore, and she's definitely in my top 5 chick authors of all time, I love her writing, and her amazing sense of humor she puts into her books and into her characters. The reason this book got only three stars from me was because I saw only tiny glimpses of that in this book, it just wasn't at Lindsey Kelk level for me. It's not a bad book, it's a fun read, but it's not one of those books that would make you go w ...more
Louise Joy
Aug 26, 2013 Louise Joy rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect summer read - especially since most of it is set in Hawaii but I kind of cheated and read it curled up on a very comfortable chair with the fire on in my sisters beautiful countryside house. What? I waited until a day when it was pouring down with rain outside, I promise I've been enjoying the sunshine otherwise! Anyway, back to the point, it's mostly light hearted but has it's fair share of serious moments to that get you thinking. There are loads of messages behind thi ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jul 10, 2013 Megan Readinginthesunshine rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a HUGE fan of Lindsey Kelk ever since she released her first book. I remember starting her I Heart… series and falling in love with it straight away, the sheer excitement of the day that a new one was released…and feverishly rushing out to buy it and reading it in a few hours. So I was positively giddy with excitement as son as I heard that Lindsey Kelk was releasing a new book!

So…imagine you’ve always had a plan in life, and it appears to be going smoothly, until one day where it erup
Jul 16, 2013 Agi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, 2013
I have read all of Lindsey Kelk's books and I have really liked all of them. She is actually amazing because every book of hers is better than the previous one and I guess it is not so easy to write such brilliant books. Every one of them.
To be honest, every new book is like a Christmas coming faster. It was the same with this book. I have adored it from the very beginning to the very end.
Like in every Lindsey's book, we have a main character here and her best friend and a "few" problems that t
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Bestselling British author based in Los Angeles. Lover of books, watcher of wrestling, wearer of lipstick. Karaoke enthusiast and cat wrangler. Lindsey is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling I Heart series, About a Girl, The Single Girl’s To-Do List and Always the Bridesmaid.
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