Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Shy-Town Girls Paperback – November 23, 2012
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
About the Author
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
She arrives at a new place of residence, a little house populated by quirky characters. First of all - Bobbie's old (well, older) friend Meryl. Two roommates, Ivy and Ella, fellow 'shy' girls and landlady Barbara complete the set.
As I mentioned in the beginning, the story is mostly about Bobbie and her attempts to make sense of her life and affect positive change. She still has lingering affections for Charlie, her ex-boyfriend, a male model with an overblown ego, who did make her feel wanted at times. There is also Oliver, another co-worker, a gifted photographer and someone she knew from her high-school days.
This is not a simple 'whom will she choose' type of story. Rather it is an unexpectedly deep meditation on what love means in this day and age. Is it simple attraction or attraction mixed with friendship? How do people know when they are in love and when it is gone, never to return? Perhaps this book will not answer those questions for you but it still fun to ponder them.
Overall I did like the book. Prose is polished, the sense of togetherness, the camaraderie, between five women, is well described. The only thing that seemed a bit off to me were the characters. Everybody is young and beautiful or old and sage, an almost but not fully, magazine like characterization. Somehow the characters seem not as fully realistic as they could be but perhaps it is the point, to weave a vision that is deceiving and unrealistic on one hand yet full of real-life heart aches and desires on the other.
This is a great story of girls just being fresh, alive and loving life. They have great jobs, they have different personalities but they don't have too much drama between themselves; most of it is external. And, Barbara, she is awesome.
I love the way the story ended and hope to read more about these girls in another book. I laughed, cried a little and laughed some more!
SHY TOWN GIRLS by M.G. Wilson is my kind of women's fiction. Although we have a frazzled narrator, the voice seemed realistic to me. Young women are pushed in a 1000 directions, and Bobbie (Roberta) is one of them. She breaks off her relationship with her hunk, Charlie, which seems like a good idea since his ego is out of control. But she has to see him at work, which makes life harder.
Luckily, she finds a new family. Her new family is not because she's an orphan but needed because she is grown-up now and it's time to live in the city. The title is a play on Chi-Town, Chicago. Even though I am not familiar with Chicago except through House Hunters, Mason brings the sights and sounds, the neighborhoods alive. She uses contemporary music and styles with natural grace to set the modern mood.
Bobbie's new family includes a dowager, Barbara Shafer,who provides amenities for the house (a roof top garden)from her oodles of money and some long-in-the-tooth advice about love. The girls who rent her rooms are kind to her, not just for the gifts she loves to give, but because they value and need a mentor in the ways of the world.
The other roommates are somewhat underwritten (thus, 4 stars) in SHY-TOWN GIRLS, but that is probably because the next books will be told in their different voices, with the advantage of seeing the world through their eyes, not just Bobbie's. There is Meryl, a college friend of Bobbie's, Ivy, and Ella. The girls are cute, funny, open-hearted, and willing to party.
I loved this book, and I'm anxious to hear what happens next to all of them, and for this moment, especially to Bobbie.
Book 1 in the Shy-Town Girls Quartet Series
This is one of the a few ARC's I got back in December and now that it is out, so is the review. This will be part of a four book series, each book will be written in one of the characters point of view. This book was a very refreshing change. The beginning is centered on Roberta Bertucci, aka Bobbie a modeling agent. She is in a long term relationship with Charlie, a model she met through work. Charlie is somewhat of a character. Charlie thinks that his looks will do all the work and he can just act like an arrogant fool. So Bobbie decides she is moving out and her old college friend Meryl is providing a new home and a change in lifestyle for her.
We get to know four very different woman who are at different stages of their lives, but manage to become woven tight. At 24 Bobbie is on her own and taking a chance. The other room mates Ella, Ivy and the landlady Barbara provide just the therapy she needs. When she is down, she now has wisdom to pick her up from Barbara. Barbara has tales to tell! Ivy and Ella are like sisters and they welcome Bobbie into the fold.
She grows, learns, and loves in a way she never thought possible. The journey for all of these girls is filled with little life lessons and I know there is something for everyone. While I like my share of details, this book doesn't provide that. It is refreshing, clean, and something you can recommend to a friend. I think that Bobbie, Meryl, Barbara, Ivy, and Ella, are worth exploring. I loved the brownstone setting and the city of Chicago as a backdrop.
I can't wait for the next book to come out. I give it 5 stars
Buy the book :
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a dynamic story that had me feeling so many emotions as I read along. I laughed out loud a couple times… and I also had to wipe away tears. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anna
I am so glad I found this copy! It was a diamond in the rough! I love the ShyTown Girls series! I can't wait for the third one! Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Jaimy Baek
If you want to explore Chicago’s historic Gold Coast neighborhood, this book, and the series, is for you! Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Boring book not worth the purchase. Nothing what I expected thought it was supposed to be like sex and the city, notPublished on September 7, 2013 by Christine
I liked it very much. It has something for every young girl I'm very excited to read the next book and get to know them betterPublished on September 5, 2013 by sharon
great writing this is not, sex and the city this is wannabee, but if you like cliche's with wine and cheese with your local references this is the book for you.Published on August 19, 2013 by Mark D Juhl
This book is amazing!!!!!! Sex and the City Chicago version. It is a must read for those who want to learn about life in Chicago and wanting to find love. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by ShyTown Intern
Bobbie, Meryl, Ivy, and Ella all have all have a personality trait in common they are shy in their own way. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Reader's Paradise
This book perfectly captures what it's like to be a young twenty-something girl. A must read for the chick lit reader. Very entertaining and well written.Published on January 20, 2013 by Erin