Author: Aven Ellis
Pages: 262 pages
Release date: 20th December 2014
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Bree Logan is ready to start her post-college life, but when she’s dumped by The One, unable toland a professional job, and has to move back in with her parents, she doesn’t think things can get worse until she ends up with her hair chopped into The Rachel, the infamous haircut made famous by the show Friends. Which is not good since it’s no longer 1994. But sometimes youhave to go through challenges to get what you really need, and for Bree, could that include a different career and a romance with Jack Chelten, the boy-next-door?
I kindly received Surviving the Rachel in exchange of an honest review by the author.
You can recapping Breanna Logan’s summer into three major events. First, she gratuated with honours from Universitiy of Arizona. Secondly, she can’t find a job in advertising and thirdly, her boyfriend Alex – who she thought was The One – dumped her after graduation and bailed on their appartment in Chicago. With no money in her pockets she has to move back home to her parents. Bree is ready to start over, to do a extreme change in her life. What does a women do when she is ready for such a change? He cuts her hair! So does Bree. She had all her hope that her hairdresser turn her into something hip and fresh but it instead he gave her “The Rachel look” (she looked like Jennifer Aniston when she player Rachel Green in the TV show Friends) which was modern in 1994. Bree wouldn’t be Bree she couldn’t overcome this crappy situation to come out stronger on the other side. Sometimes you have to go through challenges to get what you really need. Then Bree meets Jack, the boy who lives next door. They become friends and Jack helps Bree to find a new job. The more time they spent together the more it makes Bree think: Are they really just friends?
This is a gorgeous festive read that hooked me from the very first page and made me smile until the very last. As soon as Aven Ellis introduced me to her main characters, Bree and Jack, I adored them. Aven created Bree and Jack perfectly, so full of character and charm. That’s what I truly love about Aven characters, they feel so real, not fictional at all. The female main character are strong, independent, smart and so likeable and so was Bree. And then there is Jack … I mean, how could I do not love Jack?! He is passionate, caring, understanding, supportiv, loveble and sexy just too good to be true. Both of them were all incredibly developed and believable, and I enjoyed the entire story so, so much.
The writing style in this book is great as ever. The witty is such a natural humour that you can’t help but chuckle away. There are scences you will crack up laughing. I give you one hint: DOGA (Yoga for dogs)! In parts it was also very romantic and heart melting too. Aven did a great job with pacing the book perfectly. Nothing was too slow or too fast. I understand why this story is so important to the author. I was feeling she put in a lot of heart and personality in this book, like the things she is passionate about: cooking, fashion, sport and more.
For Surviving the Rachel Aven created another creative plot. Bree starts working in a high class luxury hotel, the Details Hotel in advertising as a coodinator. You get an great insight by what she is doing as an event originaser specialized in weddings and how stressful it can be. Jack is a german translator for a web company. For me as a german it was very amusing what kind of attitude, sayings and scences she created throughout the book.
Surviving the Rachel is a great new addition to the chick-lit genre, with the drama, funny moments, rumours and romace it has everything you could want in a chick-lit novel. If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be marvellous, witty and wonderful.