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Author: Kristina Springer Publisher: FSG Teen ISBN: 978-0-374-32228-1 Pages: 184 Series: N/A Type: Young Adult Contemporary Romance Source: Purchased Goodreads
How much can anyone tell about you by your favourite coffehouse drink? Well if
you're 17 year old barista Jane Turner then quite a lot. Jane has been making
notes on the types of person who order different drinks and calls it
Espressology. There are the loyal and trustworthy medium iced vanilla lattes,
the smart and simple medium dry cappuccinos and the patriotic straightforward
americanos. Now Jane is ready to try matchmaking customers and soon Espressology
is the newest holiday marketing technique at Wired Joes, and Jane finds herself
getting more attention than she ever expected.
I picked up this book
because the premise sounded really fun and unique but not really knowing what to
expect. This was my first contemporary YA and being new to the genre meant I was
a bit lost at first. The storyline is evenly paced but develops slowly and while
I enjoyed the premise and the espressolgy explanations (although the closest to
my favourite was not flattering at all!) I did find there was a lack of depth
overall. I didn't even realise the book was set in Chicago until about 2/3
Jane never really develops as a character. We learn she works at
Wired Joes, goes to college occasionally and has a friend called Em. There is
never much to distinguish her at all so she comes across as a plain Jane (if
you'll excuse the pun). The lack of development is pretty widespread with boss
Derek being the stereotypical overworked grump and frat boy love interest Will
who I disliked from his first appearance and couldn't believe how cluless Jane
was about him.
The characters I did like are Jane's friends Em and Cam
who she decides to match after Em breaks up with her long-term boyfriend. Again
Jane was clueless around Cam but he was probably the best developed character in
the book. As someone in a similar care situation I was surprised at how
realistic his actions were and they fit well with someone in that sort of
Wired Joes comes off as a Starbucks clone, which is unsurprising
given that the entire book was written in a Starbucks. Even some of the drinks
are clearly Starbucks branded ones. This was pretty disappointing as I'm a big
fan of Cleo Coyle's coffeehouse mysteries (which start with On What Grounds) and they manage to create a unique but recognisable
All in all this was a fun frothy read ideal if you're
looking for something light.
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