Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
on Nov. 7, 2011 :
Kristan Hoffman describes her book by saying “Think Sex and the City meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” I really love this description because it makes it clear that the book is about a group of close-knit friends. The thing I loved about ‘Twenty-Somewhere’ is that it’s set right after the girls (Sophie, Claudia and MJ) graduate from college. I haven’t read that many books that take place during this time, so that made it interesting for me. Hoffman did a good job describing the girls' feelings as they deal with new homes, new jobs, new loves, and just a whole lot of new situations.
While I really loved the concept (and even the plot) of the book, I had a hard time with the style of writing. For some reason the present tense really threw me off, and I had a hard time differentiating between characters at first. I never really felt like I got to know the characters all that well, perhaps because of the third person narration, but also because of the abundance of dialogue. The lack of lengthy descriptions and the short section breaks make ‘Twenty-Somewhere’ easy to read and kept me turning the pages, but it also kept me from feeling totally involved with the characters.
As this book won the St. Martin's Press "New Adult" contest it’s clear that it has a lot of potential. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to read that also contains humour and heartache, then ‘Twenty-Somewhere’ might be for you. This book covers a topic which could be pretty heavy, but Kristan makes it light and funny, having her characters find strength in their new situations.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on July 2, 2011 :
I purchased the book because I had met the author at a seminar. I wasn't sure what to expect, but as it turns out, this book is funny, lively and engaging. It follows three friends as they discover that who you set out to be can be sometimes be derailed by who you really are. It is a tale of growth, told with humour and insight. I didn't want it to end. I am hopeful that in a few years, I'll be able to read the continuing adventures of Sophie, Claudia and M.J. in "Thirty Somewhere."
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
on April 14, 2011 :
It was a pleasure to read Twenty Somewhere by Kristan Hoffman.I really identified with each of the women in her book because I went through some of the same things as the characters did for instance, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life and still living at home.Each character, both male and female was completely real and if they were actual people I could definitely see myself being friends with each of them.For all of the reasons above, I give Twenty Somewhere by Kristan Hoffman a 5 star review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2010 :
I've long forgotten my 20s and I'm Italian (therefore with a different educational background, even from England), but I really enjoyed this story.
It's witty, funny and dramatic at the same time. The characters are very real to me, even if I'm a foreigner and could be their mum.
I look forward to read more about Sophie, Claudia and MJ!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)