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The Expat Diaries: Single in the City Paperback – February 4, 2014
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"Single in the City is like Sex and the City told through the eyes of an American Bridget Jones and it was so funny that I laughed out loud throughout this delightful chick lit novel." --Novel Escapes
"This is a hilarious book, full of romance and laugh-out-loud situations that no woman would want to be in." --Chick Lit Club
"If you enjoy a well written book with a fun and uplifting plot that takes place in England, then you will love Single in the City." --Paperback Dolls
"If you like your novels fun and sassy with a twist of the unexpected, you'll devour Single in the City. 4 stars." --The Sun --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michele Gorman is international bestselling author of eight romantic comedies. She has lived in London for 17 years.
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Losing a job can be disheartening, but losing a job as a single, 26 year old can be just the push that's needed to start fresh and new in a different city and in Hannah's case, a new country and continent as well. With a little encouragement from her childhood best friend, Hannah makes an impulsive decision to move from the good o'l US of A across the pond to the British capital. While the move is not as simple as she envisioned, she embraces the change and learns a good deal about herself and her ambitions.
Gorman takes you on Hannah's hilarious journey of exploring a new land. Who knew mentioning "pants" actually meant talking about underwear? Aadapting to vehicles driving on the left isn't as simple as it may seem. And social dating conventions are nothing like they are in the US. Hannah's commentary is sometimes poignant and often times funny as she navigates her way through single life in her new city.
Single in the City is a good, light-hearted summer read for a day at the pool or the beach!
Meet Hannah, an American in her mid-twenties who, on a whim, decides to move to London without a job, place to live, or a single friend within 3,000 miles. We follow her hopes and foibles as she makes her way, single in the city. Many mishaps make her appear a little naive, but towards the end of the story, she gets a little grit and gumption and makes some ballsy moves that make you respect her more. Snagging a job, finding a place to live, navigating this new culture, and meeting men make Hannah's life interesting, to say the least.
There were certain aspects of the story that really bothered me (Mark's infidelity, Felicity, etc.), but overall, I couldn't really complain about the story content. Hannah herself was annoying and cliche at times, but there were moments where she truly shined as a character. Not always easily relatable, but other instances where I found myself thinking, "That's SO me!" I wish the author had developed the secondary characters a little bit more, but what she did wasn't that bad.
Overall, a decent read. Four out of five stars for this one!
On the same hand, the heroine/narrator is so naive and obtuse that she got on my nerves. Her learning curve seemed almost flat at times.
On the other hand, the fish-out-of-water theme worked extremely well. The heroine's determined efforts in the face of incomprehensible cultural differences, from ordering a sandwich to exposure to an uncircumcised suitor, were very well done.
And, the witty remarks were not only chuckle-worthy, but often snort-worthy.
If you read this book, sit outside, enjoy the sunny, un-English weather, sip some unacceptable American tea and prepare to chuckle.
At first Hannah sounded like an insufferable airhead; who doesn't Google local customs especially if you're moving there? But as the book progressed, she matured and I could finally relax and enjoy the humor. Which is really funny. I'm cracking up now just thinking about a certain paper towel incident.
One of the reasons I picked this book was to hopefully get glimpses of ed everyday life in England, of traditions and habits. I loved the bits about how the English order their coffee, the hygiene of the upper crust, and the lunch time liquid lunches. Lots of laughs on top of that. It's a good read.