Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review: Single in the City

'Single in the City'

Format: Paperback
Published: Penguin Books; 2010
Pages: 352
Genre: Brit Chick-lit
Grade: C
Source: Author

Synopsis: It's official. Hannah has left her friends and family in the US behind and is following her dream. To live in London.
Hannah's looking for: 1. Her dream guy. A prince or Hugh Grant would be nice. Or does she have to settle for her half-naked Australian house-mate or an 'English gentleman' with terrible hygiene habits?
2. Her dream job. Something fantastic in fashion. So how has she up being the mini-me for an evil party planner who doesn't even trust her to arrange the paper clips?
3. Hr dream friends. But everyone in London seems to have known each other for years and Hannah doesn't know the rules of engagement. Who's she going to have fun with?
Dream life? Should Hannah just dream on? She wanted a big change but maybe it would have been simpler and cheaper just to get a new haircut. Was she mad to move 3,000 miles away from everyone she knows? Will she ever find love and her perfect life in England?

My Take: I am always intrigued by the idea of packing everything up and moving to London. I think I have mentioned it here before but I fell in love with the city when I studied abroad there for a semester in college and had an amazing time! The city couldn't have been more welcoming and after college I wanted to just move back. Damn you international visa laws! So whenever there are books that allow me to live vicariously through someone else, I enjoy doing so.

Hannah is an American who, when Michele Gorman's Single in the City opens, is frustrated with her life in Connecticut. On a drunken dare she decides to pack it all up and move to London, work visa be damned. With some money in her pocket and a dream in her heart she lands at Heathrow not really knowing what to do next. 

I enjoyed seeing Hannah pluckily make her way through the trials and tribulations of living the expat life. While Americans and Brits do speak the same language, our cultures are often very different. Hannah had many things going for her but the ability to quickly pick up on things was not one of them and after awhile it got a little grating. However, I was rooting for Hannah the entire time and hoping that she would get the life she wanted. It's a big leap to move from one country to another so I did root for her, as 'goofy' as she was. 

I've read a lot of chick lit in my day. It's my stand by when I need something easy and comfortable. Kind of like that pair of pajamas and tub of ice cream you reach for when looking for some comfort. Bottom line, while this book had a lot going for it, it didn't bring me the full dimension these books can often have but I do look forward to seeing what this author may bring next.

Cover Lust: This cover makes me smile. I think the caricature is a perfect representation of Hannah!


  1. I like chick lit too - it sounds like this author has a lot of potential.

  2. I was born in London and grew up there, but packed everything up and moved to Los Angeles - it was warmer and not so much rain. (Not sure how I ended up in Texas)

  3. This sounds like such a fun premise! I too, wish that I could pack up everything away and go to London, but alas, reality kicks in and I know it's not possible. Maybe in another life! Great review :)

  4. I haven't been reading a lot of chick-lit lately but I do enjoy them. I might be interested in this one. I'll keep it in mind.

  5. I haven't read any chick lit for quite some time but since you only gave this one a C it probably isn't one that I will rush to add to my list.


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