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Brooklyn Girls (Brooklyn Girls #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,535 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
Pia is living the dream: fresh out of college and sharing a house in Brooklyn with her best friends. So why is everything so complicated?

A drunken indiscretion has led to the loss of her boring office job, while her love life is a dizzy mess of accidental hook-ups and heartbreak...

Her parents don't trust her and, if she doesn't sort her life out soon, they're going to make
Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Quercus UK (first published July 2nd 2013)
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2.5 stars

Brooklyn Girls was in my eyes a fresh book in a new series which could deliver something different. However I had far too many hang ups that resulted in Brooklyn Girls not leaving the greatest impression with me.

Pia has messed up big time, a photo of her topless and drinking was uploaded to Facebook and now her agency has dropped her. Her parents then rock up with an ultimatum she has eight weeks to sort her life out, otherwise she will be forced to leave Brooklyn and come and stay with
Jul 01, 2013 Zarina rated it it was ok
Brooklyn Girls was utterly disappointing to me. If this is what the recently established "New Adult" genre is like it is clearly not for me. It almost seems as if the novel is written by a teenager who thinks that they know what it is like to be an adult - that is to say, they got it very, very wrong.

Main character Pia was over-dramatic and highly annoying, even more so than the average teenager, and the storyline was so over the top and ridiculous at times that I just couldn't take it or Pia s
Apr 04, 2015 Neliss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-slovak, read-2015
Juuuj, to bolo vážne skvelé!

Recenzia na blogu:
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 01, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I mean, obviously. Five stars and all. It has the wit and heart I expect from Gemma Burgess and that includes engaging characters who are fully realized and who do their best to fit into each others' lives despite the bumps and bruises along the way.

I really enjoyed Pia, though I think Burgess had to pull a bit of a fast one to put her in the trouble she was in through much of the book. Even someone math-challenged and naïve shouldn't have been quite so . . . blasé, I
Jul 18, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, new-adult
This is what New Adult is supposed to be! I have to be honest, I really have had trouble with the actual definition of New Adult because it just sounds like a weird genre to fill in the hole between Young Adult and melodramatic, bodice ripper romances. And really, why on Earth would that hole even exist? And so I was confused for a long while about what New Adult was, other than Young Adult with more sex. And Brooklyn Girls gave me an answer that, thankfully, wasn't 'oh, it's just more sex AND d ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Please don't start this book and think it's about another spoiled, rich, ditzy air head with no pride. Because where you may think that, sooo not the case. Pia is such a strong character who is finally learning who she is and the fact that she is a strong woman and what her family and exboyfriends say is not true. She seems like a girl that we can all relate to, she stumbles, she makes some stupid decisions, but she get's her act together and makes something of herself while building and repairi ...more
Love Fool
Jun 10, 2014 Love Fool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastically funny, fresh and utterly relatable, Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess is the first novel in her brand new series about five twenty-something friends—Pia, Angie, Julia, Coco and Madeleine—sharing a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and discovering the ups and downs and ins and outs of their “semi-adult” lives.

I love Gemma Burgess... she has become my new writer friend (in my mind). She reminds me of Sophie Kinsella and that is a VERY good thing. I love New York so this book alrea
Jul 09, 2013 eb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Witless garbage. As a girl who's lived in Manhattan for 10 years and Brooklyn for 5, I can tell you Burgess has no understanding of Brooklyn, girls, or, for that matter, America.
Oct 31, 2013 Judit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gemme Burgess sa podľa mňa ani zďaleka nedostáva toľko uznania, ako by si zaslúžila.
To je všetko, čo som k tomu chcela povedať.
Arch Bala
At about 22% of reading this novel, I was all ready to shelve this on my DNF list but I thought of taking a short break and decided to go on with it and I’m sure glad I did because after clearing my head a bit, the whole thing finally picked up after that annoyingly stupid decision from the main character.

You see, Pia’s a 22-year old newly graduate from Brown who lives with four other friends in Brooklyn and is used to partying, casual sex, drugs and just doing whatever she wanted to do until he
On the plus side, I was interested enough in this that I read this all in one sitting (minus a couple of breaks for things like fixing my mom's floss container for her). On the negative side, I called the main character an idiot a lot.

On the plus side, this is much more than kind of new adult book I'd like to see. That time after college graduation, when you just have no idea what you're doing and everything feels like a mess and not at all like you thought it would be. On the negative side, it
ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am kinda conflicted as to what I should rate this. Because it not 4 stars for sure, but it was extremely entertaining. Too entertaining for 3 stars… then again I don't think it's quite 3.5 after long ups and downs….I settled for 3. It's a VERY good 3. And I think for lover of this genre, they will actually rate it much higher than I did. I had a few issues with the story line and some of the character building.
Coleccionista  de finales tristes
Es la historia de 5 amigas veinteañeras y sus primeros trabajos aunque el libro se centra mucho en Pia.

El libro es aceptable y me ha gustado la decisión de Pia de resolver sus problemas sin la ayuda de sus padres o un novio.
Apr 30, 2013 Summer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so hard. I couldn't put it down for anything.

I am so in love with all the characters and was cheering them on through every page. Pia and her friends are amazing people and I couldn't stop wanting to have the chance to be their friend in real life.

Plus, the profanity usage in this book is so ridiculously fluent and poetic, I walked away feeling slightly more awesome than I actually am.
Finally, a book about twenty somethings who aren't solely motivated by the pursuit of men, though there are a few tossed in just to be real. Showing exactly how confusing it is to suddenly be considered as an adult when you may not feel or even be ready for that responsibility, "Brooklyn Girls" follows roommates as they struggle with money woes, the conundrum of not getting hired because you don't have the experience in the field yet or worse, taking jobs that are just entirely wrong and then tr ...more
Kath S
Hmmmmm no fue taaaan malo, pero tampoco fue algo para recordar!

Predecible, inmaduro e ilógico algunas veces.

Lo que lo salvó del 1/5 fue que me sentí un poco identificada con la situación de Pia: recién graduada, sin trabajo y sin "futuro" (just like me D:). Además me gustó que fuera TAAAAAAN diferente a todo lo que hay en el género New Adult ahora... De vdd, ya estaba cansada de tantos wannabes de Travis Maddox y tanta chica buena, rica y virgen que se enamora de chico malo, bla, bla, bla *inse
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jul 15, 2013 Megan Readinginthesunshine rated it it was amazing
I’d been hearing a lot of buzz and excitement around Brooklyn Girls before it was released, so I know it was eagerly anticipated, and although I had never read a book by Gemma Burgess before, I was very excited about starting it!

This is one of those books where you can’t just read a few pages and put it down – you just NEED to know what is going to happen next! I was completely hooked from the first page and it was a story that I did not want to be parted from! I finished the entire book in a da
A. Bookzilla.
Truth be told, when I first saw Gemma Burgess is writing a new adult novel, I'll admit I was kind of not happy about it. A Girl Like You is one of my absolute favorites but I read a lot of NA genre and the books are hit&miss.

Anywhoo, I shouldn't have worried, because the author didn't write your typical NA. The first book in the Brooklyn Girls series is a true coming of age story with a chick-litty feel so if you're a fan of those, you should definitely read it.
On the other hand, if you want
Sep 09, 2014 Lulufrances rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5

Well, colour me surprised!
This was actually surprisingly cool and entertaining!
After the first few pages I was like - ugghhh what kind of annoying main character is this?!
But she remedies herself and I loved the whole plotline involving food trucks. Loved it!
Also, Brooklyn.

I'd love to continue this series!
Aug 29, 2013 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not
I grew so tired of the getting high, getting drunk, flipping off bosses, no regard for their jobs, lifestyle. The story was so far from the circumstances of reality, it should have its own genre of "narcissistic fantasy". I read the whole thing because I was waiting for the actual shoe of reality to drop. It seems the author was trying to create a SITC world, but in Brooklyn. The characters, however are pathetic and they don't have individual traits at all. The setting in Brooklyn is so limited, ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it
I gave this book a fair chance (and to be honest with you I had no idea what it was about nor did it look like my kind of read) but after about 100 pages or so I gave up. There is just . . . I don't know . . . something lacking in this book.

While I usually enjoy stories with the whole "friends in the big city" kind of thing, where a lot of crazy things happen, but unfortunately I just can't get into this book whatsoever so I'm not going to finish it sadly. Still, I think many people may like thi
Po dlhom čase som si užila písanie recenzie, nájdete ju na blogu:
Keď máte v dvadsiatke krízu stredného veku ako ja, tak táto kniha je presne to čo potrebujete! Zatiaľ len toľko, recenzia je na ceste. ;)
May 04, 2014 Meagan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom said if I acted like this, she'd slap me.

And yes, I wanted to slap them. And they were all such rich brats.
Dec 14, 2014 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To bolo niečo úžasné :D Niečo čo som práve teraz potrebovala, také na odreagovanie :D Proste úžasné :D
When I started reading this, I found Pia Keller, the protagonist, to be completely annoying and immature. She's a complete party girl with no responsibility or sense of self. I like strong, heroic women so it's not often I pick up a book with a protagonist like this. Luckily, I didn't give up and Pia did grow on me as well as grow up.

The reader gets to see Pia stumble her way through the real world of needing a job and cash. The focus of this book was on her making a living for herself and as a
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Jul 15, 2013 Lyndsey O'Halloran rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
This is the first book in a series and concentrated on the character Pia, one of the five girls who live together in Brooklyn, New York. Along with Pia there is Julia, Angie, Maddy and Coco – all twenty something graduates working in the real world for the first time. To start with, I really liked the set-up of this book. As a recent graduate myself, I know all too well what it’s like to leave university and have expectations put upon you. Pia especially gets a lot of pressure from her parents w ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
I wanted to read Brooklyn Girls because I'd previously read Gemma's adult novel, A Girl Like You, which I absolutely loved. Her first foray into New Adult had me excited straight away and I started reading Brooklyn Girls within an hour of getting it. It's one of those books I just had to read in one go and I think it'll appeal to a lot of readers, both of YA and NA, though some of the content is best read if you're on the older side of young adult.

The best way I can describe Brooklyn Girls is to
Well that settles it: there's a new guard of authors writing the good chicklit stuff that I a. highly enjoy reading, b. can kind of relate to lifestyle-wise, and c. doesn't confuse 'having a female protagonist who gets herself into plot-worthy scraps' with 'writing the female love interest as though she's got a dangerous undiagnosed mental disorder - and then love fixes everything, the end'.

For what it's worth, these authors are: Lindsey Kelk, Sarra Manning and now Gemma Burgess - and, lo, they
This book got some things so right--the post-college struggle to start acting like an adult when it seems like you have no employable skills, female friendship, the challenge of meeting datable people in your twenties...this is one of the strongest "New Adult" titles I've read. I was glad to read a New Adult book that wasn't just about finding your soul mate, but instead dealt with more real and universal issues. Pia's friends were great, too. They all seemed more real because none of them was p ...more
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Gemma started writing anti-romantic comedies for girls who like chicklit that comforts and charms without the silly fluffy bits. She lives in Notting Hill in London, but grew up all over the place – mostly Hong Kong. She loves talking and writing, not necessarily in that order.

She also loves burgers, vodka, white-tipped Marlboro Lights, OK GO, Sixteen Candles, Lucky Jim, anything from Nora Ephron
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