At first I thought About A Girl is a stand-alone novel. I remembered being entertained by it. Hence, after reaching the end and found out there’s going to be a sequel, I did not let this one pass up. I bought What A Girl Wants in Kindle edition from Amazon sometime last year and read it during my Christmas vacation.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
A summer bestseller from the immensely popular Lindsey Kelk Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan. Now she’s the girl with a choice. Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick? For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants.
About A Girl ended with a cliffhanger that after I finished the book, I was eager to read the sequel. It had been a long, agonizing wait for months, but in the end, I thought it was still worth the wait. All feelings I felt while reading the first book came rushing back to me when I began reading What A Girl Wants. What’s in store for Tess now that her true identity has been revealed? Will she pursue her passion for photography or her advertising agency? And most of all, who would she finally choose: Charlie or Nick?
What A Girl Wants began where the first book left off, although the prologue had caught me off guard, as the scene presented already situated Tess in a prison cell. This further made the plot more intriguing. I actually liked how the author transitioned the time period from the prologue back to how everything started. That way, it will help enlighten the readers on the events that led to Tess’ imprisonment. You thought by now Tess would’ve made her decision. But of course, Lindsey Kelk wouldn’t want to simplify everything for Tess. A little twist here and there, the author had sent Tess into another chapter of rollercoaster ride of emotions.
From the moment I began reading the book, I was immediately drawn into it. Lindsey Kelk’s writing style surely had me immersed and focused, seeming to have opened the portal to Tess’ world that allowed me to witness firsthand the things she was going through. The book kept me guessing about Tess’ decisions and more often than not, found myself torn between two men whom I think would be better for Tess. The characterization of all characters were realistic, even the minor and supporting characters, which greatly contributed to make the story more interesting to read. All characters had their own unique personalities and even their flaws were perfectly portrayed by the author. Lindsey Kelk’s book never failed to reach into the hearts of the readers through her characters and their emotions. It had me swooning and giggling at one point, to laughing then being mad and pissed the next. And the cycle goes on.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading What A Girl Wants. Lindsey Kelk succeeded in delivering the story well which got me hooked all the way to the end. Any reader could easily empathize with the characters. While this book put Tess in a struggling and confused state of her life, this encouraged me to reflect about my life as well. This is more than just a love story, as What A Girl Wants also portrayed a realistic illustration of a person’s journey towards self-discovery. Furthermore, the descriptive narration of the setting somehow allowed me to at least “visit” Milan without having to leave my place. And most of all, I shall never forget Al’s words of wisdom in this book. Tess’ story doesn’t end here yet. I’ll be looking forward to the next installment.