One Broke Girl (Edgewood Falls #1), by Rhonda Helms
Genre: Contemporary, Chick-lit, Romance, Adult
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Book #: 1
Publication: April 2014
Goodreads Summary: Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.
But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who's proving hard to find.
One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies...
Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a honest review.
This is one of the first New Adult books I've read, and I absolutely adored it! What more can I ask for?!
This is probably your most ultimate cheesiest chick-lit story you have ever heard of... from reading the summary. This is about Anna Parker, who is your average rich girl living in New York with an almost perfect life. When her mother suddenly abandons her and her dad, Anna drops out of college and moves back to her old Ohio hometown, Edgewood Falls, with all of her hopes and dreams completely crushed. When she meets Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she once dated when she was younger, she falls completely head over heels. What she doesn't know is that he might be the one to change her life forever, and ruin her relationship with her at-the-time boyfriend, Steven who doesn't even know the truth about what really happened with her mother.
This was Anna the whole time:
This girl had SO many problems to deal with. They came in one after the other, at 30000 km/h. And here we go; the negative part. I didn't like Anna that much. There, I said it. It felt like the worst decision in my life (back to the decision thing) to say that, because this was an amazing book, except for her. Although we had to read the book in her point of view and watch her struggle and fall in love with Gavin, I didn't like her, but it didn't really effect the book's circumstances that much. It did, obviously, but not too much. And that's okay.
Anna doesn't know how to deal with her problems. She's very self-conscious and always thinks about things at the last minute, and then she ends up being stupid and ruining everything. She doesn't think about the what ifs or about what her decisions can come to, she just goes with the flow, way too much.
Another thing about the cheesiness: it's so cutesy and beautiful that you just forget about the cheesiness the book has going on here. It's just so good and the romance just turns you inside out. It's a beautiful story that could be predictable at times, but is definitely worth the while and 117 pages to read. No wonder it was so fast-paced and quick, 117 pages is almost nothing!
The plot was a complete wild ride. Because of Anna's craziness and not knowing what to do-ness, you never can imagine what she's gonna do, although we all saw the fierce ending coming. (Who wouldn't after reading the summary?)
The characters... GAVIN.
Ahh, the sensations. I just wish that he wasn't so bulky and macho. But haha, he was amazing and sexy and everything else you can imagine about your dream guy. But don't you think the kindergarten teacher thing is hilarious? xD It cracks me up. What an awesome mind Rhonda Helms must have. *dreams*
So yes, Gavin was absolute perfection and gave me spaz attacks because he's just too beautiful. Of course I fall in love with the character that the protagonist falls in love with. *face palm* I'LL NEVER GET THE GUY.
Now, I saved the best part for last because I know that all of you beautiful and amazing people will read my review until this point. THE ROMANCE. HOLY CRACKIN' COW. THIS ROMANCE JUST MADE ME GO MAD. It was probably the best romance I've ever read (from the romance part of things) and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. B E A U T I F U L. It made me go mad. If you're looking for a mind-blowing romance, then pick up this book. That's final.
Overall, this book was amazing, and I seriously thank Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for granting me this opportunity to read it. I NEED THE SEQUEL ABOUT NATALIE ASAP. *checks release date* Ouu, August 2014, THAT'S CLOSE, WOOT WOOT. *parties*
-I absolutely adored this book, it gave me the feels and made me go craziness in fangirl terms.
-The worst part was Anna and her stupidity. But that's okay.
-The plot was so fast paced and so much was happening! I was never bored!
-I LOVED GAVIN AND THE ROMANCE, OMG.
-Overall, this was an amazing romance/New Adult book. Yay for Edgewood Falls!