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Love and Chaos: A Brooklyn Girls Novel Paperback – February 25, 2014
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“Gemma Burgess delivers a hilarious, true-to-life story about twenty-somethings living their not-so-dream-lives in Brooklyn with razor-sharp wit, unflinching honesty, and a warm heart. Brooklyn Girls is a must-read.” ―Cara Lockwood, USA Today bestselling author of I Do (But I Don't)
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About the Author
GEMMA BURGESS spent her twenties getting lost, drunk, dumped, fired, or in a state of mild hysteria, and still managed to have some of the best times of her life. She lives in New York City with her husband and baby.
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She lives in New York City.
She used to live in London.
She writes stuff.
Top Customer Reviews
Angie came off as a total wild child in the first book and in Love and Chaos, the book focuses on her while also focusing on her room mates, Pia, Julia, Madeline, and Coco whom we met in the first book. If you're worried about not having read Brooklyn Girls before Love and Chaos, don't despair. While the characters are the same, the books can be read independently of each other as there is little to no mention of what happened in the first book.
I must say getting up close with Angie made a world of a difference for me. I was able to learn what molded her behavior and attitude. I appreciated seeing her view her own behavior and release what was wrong and what she needed to do to change it. Angie may have seemed out of control, but I saw her as someone who was misguided and didn't know how to handle what was going on. Her solution to any sort of trouble/problem was to run away. Yes, Angie makes some poor choices. Who hasn't? I loved how she dealt with them afterwards. Not only did I feel as if I could relate to Angie, I wanted to be one of her confidants and just tell her she was on the right path and to be strong. It turns out she figured that out on her own.Read more ›
This second installment of (mis)adventures is narrated by Angie, the wild child, the party girl. I was worried I wouldn’t connect with her, since she and I are basically polar opposites. But I shouldn’t have feared – Burgess managed to make Angie easy for me to identify with by writing about familiar situations, particularly the hunt for a “dream job”.
Sure, Angie is brash and frank. She’s impulsive, and prone to the flee instinct in lieu of staying to fight. Her partying habits, and tendency to drink too much, made me wrinkle my nose a time or two. But all these things are a result of her upbringing, especially the way she understands love and craves it for herself. This isn’t an excuse, however, just an explanation.
It may appear that Angie isn’t the most likeable character, but that’s not true. Angie is also a talented designer, to whom fashion is like breathing and style is as natural a facet of her personality as breathing. She is loyal and extremely protective, with the capacity to fight on behalf of her friends. She can be brave, and funny, and also the kind of person who just lights up the room. My favorite thing about Angie? She harbors a secret stash of romance novels that she enjoys reading.
Apart from the five girls still living together in Rookhaven, the one other thing Brooklyn Girls has in common with Love and Chaos is the search for a job.Read more ›
I personaly liked the main character very much.
She made poor choices, but had always good intention and I liked to be in her head.
I loved the first Brooklyn Girls novel, and I was excited to read about Angie as I knew she'd be an interesting character. In the beginning of the novel, Angie is reckless, hurt, and beginning to spiral out of control. However, she is also one of the nicest and honest people you will meet. As the book progresses, we see Angie make choices after recognizing her own poor actions that changes her behaviour for the better, and she grows into a happier and better version of herself. I found Angie a relatable and likeable character, as are all the characters in the book, and especially the male lead, Sam :)
I absolutely loved Brooklyn Girls: Angie. And it reminded me once again why Gemma Burgess is one of my favourite authors- nobody writes like she does! I cannot wait for the next Brooklyn Girls novel, which is about Coco- hopefully the wait won't be too long!
Love and Chaos really hooked me with the strong and real relationships between all of the characters, but especially Angie and Sam. I love it when you can feel a sweet and fun friendship develop into love...sigh.
Along with an amazing New York setting, what more could you ask for (other than to be 23 and falling in love again)? I'll definitely be rereading this book someday when I need a little romantic pick-me-up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, easy read. 20-somethings can all relate to a group of girls struggling with love and careers.Published 11 months ago by Rock
I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it, so I bought this book. BIG MISTAKE. If I could give this book 0 stars, I would. It was honestly hard to finish.Published 20 months ago by jillian patton
Gemma Burgess is now my favorite author of the genre. Her books are so exuberant, you just can't help falling in love with them.Published 23 months ago by SF Mom