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Cool Beans

(Maya Davis #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,044 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Everything seems to be going perfectly for Maya Davis: She has a great job at a coffee shop, gets along with her parents, and is happily single. That is until her best friend starts dating Maya’s high school sweetheart.

This funny, heartwarming fiction story by best-selling author Erynn Mangum uses the power of story to challenge teens to discover the relevance of faith i
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Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published January 27th 2015 (first published April 1st 2010)
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Victoria
First Read: LOVE THIS SERIES! Do ya think it’s time for reread yet?!?
Second Read: how did I read this in one day?! Wow I’m impressive.
Third Read: Ohhhh myyy hearrrtttt! So amazingly witty and AHHH that ending xxxx
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Is there really such a thing as too much coffee?
Everything seems to be going perfectly for Maya Davis: She has a great job at a coffee shop, gets along with her parents, and is happily single. That is until her best friend unknowingly starts dating Maya's high school sweetheart, her annoyingly perfect brother moves back to town, and her co-worker starts showing interest in her. What is God trying to teach her about life, love and commiserating over coffee?”



Series: Book #1 in t
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Anne
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fresh, funny, and NORMAL! I'm sorry, but normal is so under-rated. This was a simple story of a twenty-something girl who has a few problems that aren't too weird, is a fun-loving Christian, and...well...just has a pretty normal life. I was very happy with it. Even though, I don't drink coffee (love the smell, hate the taste), that part of the story didn't get too overwhelming. I was afraid that it might. I was cool with it though. The characters were great. ...more
Sarah
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here are the bullet points.
Things I didn't care for:
~ first-person present-tense
~ The obsession with coffee was to the point it felt like an idol in Maya's life

What I loved:
~ The humor made me laugh out loud
~ Realistic relationships
~ Faith was central to the characters
~ The romance was done well
~ A girl who is happy with a job, and doesn't feel like she needs a big career.
~ Jax!!
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Loraine
Rating 3.5

This is a light, quick, sometimes humorous, Christian romance that would appeal to teens and young adults. It focuses on Maya and her relationships with Jennifer, her roommate, Jack, her work buddy at Cool Beans coffee shop, Zach, her older brother, and Travis, her ex-boyfriend. Maya is likeable and quite realistic. She is going through a faith crisis as she deals with her roommate and Travis. Jack and the single adult pastor, Andrew, at her church both are quite helpful in working thr
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Amanda Tero
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect cozy read for a laugh and enjoyability. I like how Erynn Mangum is able to weave in a solid lesson before you realize it’s there. One moment I was wondering if this cute story really had a lesson, the next, I’m like, “Wow, so ‘pursuing peace with all men’ seems to be the theme.” And I did like how Maya’s ability to do the right thing with her relationships hinged on her relationship with God. It doesn’t always happen so perfectly, but there is a lot of truth in that concept.

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Nicole Chinnici
This was a cute Christian YA story that I probably would have even enjoyed it a lot more if I was still in that stage of life. I liked that this was a fairly straightforward story about a normal girl and her journey in life and with God. I wouldn’t pick this up again but I’m glad to have read it.
Mary
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book is such a gem. Part of what made Maya so endearing was how free of drama she was. She didn't obsess over getting engaged/married, and this left so much room to focus on the important things in her life at that time.
Another thing that made her a relatable character was her sense of humor. Witty banter is a trademark of Erynn Mangum's books, and while Maya is adept in sarcasm, she didn't use it as a weapon, something I appreciated so much.
There was an instance when Maya, in response
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Jerry
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good: Maya herself is a likable character who finds herself in one predicament after another; she admirably deals with each problem thrown her way. All the lists she made were a nice touch; actually, doing that could help me out quite a bit. Though I'm not exactly the target audience for this book, I could understand some of Maya's struggles.

The Bad: While it's great that Maya is single for most of this book, I've read stories like this before, so, I can be pretty sure wedding bells are in h
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Laura
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I loved: When you read as much as I do, it's hard to find an author who has a fresh, unique voice. Erynn Mangum has that voice. I loved her style in the Lauren Holbrook series, and that style was definitely in Cool Beans as well. Second, few authors can weave spiritual truths into their novels without sounding preachy. Erynn is good at this. She delved into the topic of honesty in this book, and I felt like I was learning with Maya, not hearing a lecture or sermon. Finally, the book is funn ...more
Abby
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book! It was a great read like 5(err or way more than that ;) ) chapters before-you-go-to-bed book!
Things I liked! It was funny! I really didn't laugh as much as I thought I would-but there were a couple of scenes that had me nearly waking up my whole family with my laughter ;) On a more serious note I liked her journey and walk with God and just how honest the whole booked seemed with her struggles on her end with her relationship with Christ. I absolutely really enjoyed
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Janet
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted to read this for a long time but now that I have I am wondering what the book was about.

This is a story of a young woman named Maya Davis and her roommate Jen, her best friend Jack, her family, her young adult bible study group. Oh her dog! Don't forget her dog.

It just felt like there wasn't much of a story that anyone would care about. It was like she got up and went to work at the coffee house with her best friend Jack, she went to dinner at her parents once a week.

Just nothin
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Natalie
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Incorrigible_bibliophile
Maya was pretty cool as a character because she's so normal. She could me, or my best friend. She's just a mid-twenties girl trying to find her way in life and with Christ. Her best friends Jen and Jack were pretty cool too and it made you wish that they were real so you could join the group.

Maya's inability to woman-up and take responsibility for her actions at times annoyed me more than a little and is ultimately why I didn't love this one. However, I do think that this is probably an accurate
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Laura
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: COOL BEANS
Author: Erynn Magnum
Publisher: NavPress
April 2010
ISBN: 978-1600067112
Genre: Young adult / contemporary / chick lit

Everything seems to be going perfectly for Maya Davis: She has a great job at a coffee shop, gets along with her parents, and is happily single. That is until her best friend starts dating Maya’s high school sweetheart.

This funny, heartwarming fiction story by best-selling author Erynn Mangum uses the power of story to challenge teens to discover the relevance of fai
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Lucie
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such fun and easy read. I totally identified with the way Maya talked with God, because that is the kind of relationship I have with Him. Also, I have a Beagle! I read this one real fast because I was so curious where the author was taking us. The main character had a lot to work through and I guess I identified with that as well. I loved this so much, I will be reading the rest of the series!
Brenna H.
Heehee. I love Erynn Mangum's sense of humor. Silly, quirky, and random...it had me snickering throughout. ...more
Holmes Girl
I'm torn about this story. I knew it was Christian fiction & that's fine. I'm Catholic & have no problems with a story where the characters have a strong Christian faith it's clearly expressed. However, many of the Christian references were awkward & unnatural.

Examples: "Oh Maya, he's so cute & a Christian and my age." Seriously?! Is that something a person, especially a 20+ year old finds out about an individual as soon as they ask them out? (In most cases, highly unlikely). The character, Trav
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Penny  Benoit
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A solid 5! I loved this book. I loved the characters, the story line, the writing style; I loved everything about it. I am very excited to read the next book in this series, and then the third and final book in this series. I am hungry for more of this story and I am hungry for more from this author. I have already downloaded some more of Erynn's books and I have put the rest on my Kindle wish list to buy later. I have found a new friend in Maya and a new favourite in Erynn. ...more
Bethany
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I think I have said this about Erynn Mangum books before - do not read without a cup of coffee! The entire book I wanted coffee and chocolate. Second, mean way to end a book lol I am so glad the others are out because - seriously!
Love Erynn's character development, I always feel like I could be best friends with her characters.
Read this series... while drinking a cup of coffee.
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Terri
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a rule I wait until I’ve read 4 chapters to a book before I DNF it...I am so glad I did for this one...it took me that long to get use to the writing style who knows why I think for me it has to do with coming out of the book before it...the story was fun her relationship with her “best friend” was great her thinking process and lists were adorable...I just really like it a lot
Sis
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erynn Mangum writes awesome Christian Chick-Lits, especially when it involves coffee!!:) (My favorite drink!)😍 This Book made me laugh and think about my own relationship with God and how at times I’ve been missing out on what he has planned for me!!:) Great to read again and again!!:)
Kassie Renae
This is my second time reading this book and this time I didn’t enjoy it as much. I believe I read it in my 20s and I think it’s better suited for women in college/their 20s then older women. It’s written well and was an easy read, just not my type of book anymore.
Anastasia Jaeger
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d recommend this book. It was a nice light read and Maya is so relatable. I liked the setting of California as well and the story in general. I’m thinking I’d like to read the next one in the series for sure!
Allie
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! Really enjoyed it! Feel it was a little slow here and there. Can't wait to read the second one! ...more
Annie Anderson
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RTC and very, very soon- because I need you all to know how amazing this book was!! 😂❤️
Emma
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite book ever, but a favorite right now! Magnum is so stinking relatable. Love her writing.
Book Luv
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clean good hearted fun

Such a fun story! Light hearted but has real meat to it. Maya and Jack are awesome. ;) I just love Calvin. He makes me want to get a dog.
Amanda Presley
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice for a quick, light summer read!
Elisabeth
I was bothered by the cover model not looking like the character. She is suppose to have curly short hair. I also didn't like how the book ended on a cliffhanger. It wasn't hard to read though. ...more
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