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Book 1 of 2 in the Shy Town Girls Series

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About the Author

Jennifer Yih wrote the first book in the Shy Town Girls series. She began her writing career at just 8 years old in a small speckled composition notebook. Her professional career began as a Journalism student at Loyola University of Chicago after returning from spending her senior year of High School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She previously worked as social media coordinator and manager at Networlding Publishing Chicago. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a B.A. in Political Science, she now resides in Honolulu, Hawaii and returns to Chicago several times a year. Supposedly, Shy Town Girls Book 1 Bobbie, is based on a true story about a breakup with her model ex-boyfriend and falling in love with her long-time childhood friend. 
 
Co-author, M.G. Wilson has authored fifteen books, four that have been on bestseller lists including one that held a #10 spot on Amazon for a year. This is her first fiction series, co-authored with three young, very talented female writers who all love Chicago, are shy and know a lot about love in "The Windy City!" Co-author and author of Shy Town Girls Book 2 Ivy, Katie Leimkuehler is an author, screenwriter and social media strategist and speaker who helps launch and grow professional brands. Katie is also a contributing writer for Social Media Today and Technori. She previously was a journalist for The Chicago Tribune. Katie has her MFA in writing from Roosevelt University and her BA in journalism and creative writing from Miami University of Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Series: Shy-Town Girls
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Networlding Publishing (November 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098834713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988347137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,663,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shy-Town Girls is an unusual collaborative effort by four writers. The story centers on Bobbie (Roberta) Bertucci, a modeling agent and a young, bright woman who decideds to take charge of her life by ending a relationship that is not going anywhere. She does it by moving away from Charlie - her ex-boyfriend.

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.

Recommended.
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I really enjoyed this story. Reminded me of when I had a rough break up in my early 20's. What I wouldn't have given to have a group of girlfriends to keep me in check.

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!
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Finding love when we are so unsure of ourselves is a common challenge and one faced by the lead character. Bobbie is an easy girl to like and relate to as she learns the importance of taking care of herself. From Barbara she learns what real love is and it serves her well when she has to make an important decision. The book makes the characters and wonderful setting come alive with vivid descriptions. Each charcter has her own quirks and I look forward to seeing how they are developed in future books.
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I purchased Shy Town Girls for Christmas for my sister and decided to buy myself a copy as well. I read the whole first book in the same day! It kept my attention and I kept wanting to know what would happen next. Almost any girl can relate to the drama, heartbreak, and relationships discussed in this book. I would certainly recommend it and can't wait to read the next ones!
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I like women's fiction. Whether it's an oldie (To the Lighthouse) or contemporary (STAIRS OF SAND), I find the pages filled with laughs and heartaches as well as a sense of what make women tick. I am a woman; I tick. I also get ticked off at some of the mindless women's fiction out there.

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.
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Four Shy Girls, Four Big Dreams, One Awesome City:
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

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