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Shy Town Girls - Book 2: Ivy (Volume 2) Paperback – September 21, 2013
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Author Katie Leimkuehler has created a realistic character that any young professional will relate to - her struggles becomes your struggles and you feel yourself fighting for her in the end. The theme of friendships, both new and old, is brilliantly explored in this 2nd book of the Shy Town Girl series. Definitely worth the read.
Shy Town Girls is a series where three different authors are writing each book and working as editors for each other. Ivy's story is a good stand alone novel, although reading the series would be a better reading experience.
I want to thank all the authors and Goodreads First Reads giveaway program for providing me with the opportunity to win this book.
There are a few drawbacks to the book - a little repetitive at times, some weaker descriptions - although also some killer metaphors at times - and some of the situations are a little cliche (girl looking for love, girl pushes love away because dad left when little, and of course that the girl has to be drop-dead gorgeous) - but none that take away from the fabulousness of this book.
English teachers, like me, often talk about voice in characters and how it separates good reading from outstanding reading. Leimkuehler has created outstanding reading. There are very few books (and trust me, I've read a lot) that have such a unique and standout voice for a character. Ivy is clever and witty, but she is also ridiculously real. So many times I read romances (and this book isn't only a romance...) where the girls are all the same - looking for love and never really knowing why or being so googly-eyed that it's sickening and cliche. Well not Ivy! And Ivy knows why those girls don't get the guys - it's about confidence as she often tells her own friends in the story. But Ivy isn't just confident, she's sassy and doesn't hide the truth (except when she's not sure what the truth is or that it might save those she cares about from hurting). We all have things we've done that if we shared them people would look at us like, OMG how can you be such a horrible person, when it's something most of us would want to do - we just like to hide certain things because we don't want to look bad. Ivy is not afraid of that - she speaks her mind, does what she thinks is right (even though she might feel guilty about it later) and isn't really sorry for being blunt. And I absolutely LOVE that about the character - it's not fake and fairy-tale, it's what happens in life all the time. So thank you Leimkuehler for not being afraid to show us a real character!
While Ivy isn't the perfect character, you can't help but fall in love and root for her - that she gets the trifecta: the perfect friends and the perfect job and the perfect boy - because without the third the other two never seems as satisfying as Carrie Bradshaw said...
So, if you want a refreshingly real, honest, and funny story about a girl who could be your best friend, read Ivy's story.
Again, as with Book 1 the descriptions of the Chicago landmarks are impeccable. Being a midwesterner myself I’ve come to know the Chicago area very well. The characterization of the Chicago seasons made me feel as if I was really there. The history behind the names of buildings and the Chicago Fire held an interesting sentiment in the midst of Ivy’s dramas.
Shy Town Girls Book 2: Ivy, is definitely a page turner. I read the book in one day, never wanting to put it down. It is a book that many millennial women will relate to immediately. I would recommend this book highly to any fun loving girl looking for love and friendship in the midst of finding herself along the way.
The fact that it was set in Chicago, which is just 2 hours from where I am, made it that more enjoyable. I know what a HUGE party Chicago turns into on St. Patrick’s Day. I love shopping Michigan St. and looking at the window displays. I could relate to the beautiful scenery when looking out a high rise window. And I could definitely relate to the cold weather that was described.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun, loving book about friends and falling in love.