Review: A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess
Tuesday July 12, 2011 at 12:36 am |

agirllikeyou-gbPublisher: Avon
Copyright: 2011
Published: January 6, 2011
Pages: 425
Form: Paperback
Author: Gemma Burgess
Buy The Book: Book Depository

After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch.

Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster – until Robert, one of London’s most notorious lothario’s, agrees to coach her.

With his advice, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the art of being bulletproof.  The new Abigail is cocky, calm, and composed. . .but what happens when she meets her match?

My Thoughts:

This book was so deliciously charming that I didn’t want to put it down.  I was swept into London, and the quirky dating world of Abigail Wood and I enjoyed every minute of it.  First off I just have to say I’m beginning to love overseas authors more and more.  I’m especially loving novels set in London and surrounding areas, though I’ve never been.  But the atmosphere just seems so divine and fun.  This book was no different.

Abigail was a great leading lady.  After seven years in a blase relationship, Abigail finally realizes she doesn’t just want to accept the status quo and breaks it off with her longtime boyfriend.  After moving in with her flatmate Robert, notorious ladies man, she begins to take his dating advice, which makes for some interesting adventures.  She’s smart, funny, and adorably cute.  I love how she embraces singledom and eventually learns to take charge and basically navigate her own dating life instead of letting things happen.  I found myself cheering for her through her dating triumphs and becoming exasperated when she essentially forgot all of her ‘lessons’ after finding herself in a new relationship.  The ups, the downs, they were all fascinating and satisfying.

I also adored me some Robert.  He appears to be very nonchalant and unaffected, but this guy has layers.  He’s hilarious, kind, and observant.  He and Abigail develop the most amazing friendship and I loved reading about it.  I am a big proponent of love born out of  friendship.  He comes to know what Abby’s every face and sigh means.  And she begins to understand that he’s much more than his reputation, and that people aren’t always who they appear to be.  Eventually everyone can see how this story is going to end up except for Robert and Abigail.  But reading about them getting there was the best part.

Even the minor characters in this book were great.  I loved Abby’s best friend Plum.  She was too funny and always inappropriate.  Her sister Sophie was sweet and kind, and her friend Henry was such a loveable dork.  And the many other friends and acquaintances all add something unique to the story whether I liked them or not.  This book was so well written with the perfect blend of crass and sass.

Really this was just a beautiful story of true friendship and what can happen when you take a risk on something more.  Overall, GREAT GREAT book and I recommend you pick it up.  Can’t wait to read more from Miss Burgess.

Favorite Quotes:

“It’s not about how big or small it is, it’s how angry it is.”

And the best thing?  She smiles and laughs all the time.  That’s what I didn’t understand about her before: she wasn’t boring.  She was just bored.

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6 Responses to “Review: A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess”

  1. Lena says:

    I Like international stories too. I can’t wait to read Anna and the French Kiss. I hadn’t heard of this book you’ve just read, but it sounds delightful.

  2. Is this a series or a stand alone? I’m going to add this to my wishlist because it sounds fun. Crossing my fingers that I am caught up on my review requests this month so I can have a little more freedom in my reading choices.

  3. Jade Jade says:

    @ Lena I also heard Anna and the French Kis was good. Let me know what you think, I may have to check it out!

    @ Alexis, it’s a stand alone book. And it was so good.

  4. Brie says:

    This book sounds great! In fact I think I’m getting it right now, I love friends-to- lovers books and this one sounds like a romantic comedy which I’m in the mood for… Is it narrated in third person with multiple POVs? Because it looks like one of those romance/chick-lit books that have a funky heroine narrating it but where hero is kind of a mystery (because you never get into his head) but that quote seems to come from the hero’s POV right? Anyway, you have convinced me to get it so Miss Burgess should send you a thank you note!

  5. Missie says:


    The same is happening to me. I’m really surprised by how much I love stories by authors across the pond. I love reading books set in London and Australia.

    Love that comes out of friendship is the best! Really. I’d love to have Robert make me laugh.

  6. Jade Jade says:

    @ Brie, this book is from Abby’s point of view, but the author does a great job in introducing the other characters. You get a clear picture of who everyone is. It’s a GREAT book. If I still had a rating system I’d give it five stars!

    @ Missie, yes, these across the pond authors are great. I don’t think I’ve tried Australian yet, but now you have me curious and I’ll have to pick one up.