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Brooklyn Girls

(Brooklyn Girls #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,902 ratings  ·  256 reviews
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. The first story belongs to sophisticated, spoile ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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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
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Katie Gomez
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, in-slovak
Juuuj, to bolo vážne skvelé!

Recenzia na blogu:
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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.
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
Well that turned into a damp squib of a book. Very disappointing. Having read two of Gemma Burgess' novels before I was expecting this to be witty and sharp... It was certainly witty but the storyline just lacked believability. The ending was much too conveniently rushed to its conclusion and just tied up with too neat a bow for my taste. The MC Pia became increasingly frustrating to read about due to some highly illogical decision making and then how she landed on her feet at the end was just a ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, new-adult
For a while there, I thought this was heading towards a DNF. But eventually the story picked up - once the bratty main character started showing some promise - and I quite enjoyed her storyline, though things got resolved a bit too easily. My favourite parts were Pia's group of girlfriends, and her endeavours with starting a food truck business.
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
Megan Readinginthesunshine
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
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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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. ;)
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wat een fijn boek! Las heerlijk weg, superleuk en origineel verhaal. Heb enorm gelachen, maar ook mooi hoe de herkenbare ontwikkeling van de personages erin naar voren komt. Soms wel wat voorspelbaar of overdreven, maar dat stoorde niet.
Aug 03, 2014 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
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Esta es la 1ra entrega de lo que asumo son 5 libros. Esto lo asumo porque una vez leído el segundo me doy cuenta que cada libro esta narrado bajo la "voz" de una de las amigas. En este primere libro conoces en 1ra persona a Pia, una chica "problematica" que con 23 años tiene una carrera pero no tiene trabajo (porque no logra mantener ninguno por mucho tiempo) y sus padres la amenazan con irla a buscar a Nueva York y llevársela con ellos.

Pia vive en una casa antigua en Brooklyn con sus mejores a
I picked up Brooklyn Girls on a whim. I saw it mentioned in a few peoples' Waiting on Wednesdays one week, noticed that it was available through Netgalley, and just decided to request a copy. As much as I adore reading YA books, sometimes it's nice to read about characters slightly older than teens, characters that I can actually relate to in my life right now. I knew Brooklyn Girls was about a group of recent college grads living in Brooklyn and trying to figure out what they want from their li ...more
Mónica Mar
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Un «meh» bien sólido. No me gusta esa etiqueta de «chick-lit» —la mayoría de los epítetos para la literatura escrita por mujeres y/o para mujeres tiene cierto eco despectivo—, pero Chicas de Brooklyn es una novela que abraza las peores cualidades de la etiqueta: oscila entre lo genérico y lo estereotípico y tropieza continuamente con su propio ethos hasta convertirse en un amasijo narrativo sin rasgo distinguible alguno. Sus únicas raíces parecen ser la juventud y lo femenino, y esto último no e ...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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