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Monday, January 18, 2010

Review: The Espressologist

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pub. Date: October 27, 2009
Pages: 192
Age Level: 13+

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie.

Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee.

Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right? With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.

The Espressologist was a short and sweet read with characters and a story line that kept me smiling and entertained.

The characters were not the best developed characters I've ever come across but they were funny and very likable in their strange little quirky way. One huge thing I would have liked to have seen would have been more interaction between Cam and Jane. Their relationship just wasn't built on hardly anything.

I loved the premise for this story. The idea of Espressology is so original and fun and I loved how Kristina incorporated in the different 'who goes with what coffee drink' descriptions. It really makes me wonder what my coffee flavor says about me and it was also cool getting to learn new coffee terms. The writing wasn't exactly what I'd call stellar but it worked ok for this particular book, as did the ending, though I really wish this book had been longer.

All in all, The Espressologist is a fast-paced, enjoyable read that is perfect for when you want a book to lift your spirits or just to help you unwind. It is also a great book to read in between those really thick books or around the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. I know I'll be taking this one off my shelf to read again in the future.

Characters: C+
Writing: C+
Plot: B-
Ending: C+
Enjoyment/Likability: B-
Recommendable: B-
Cover: C (Like the cover in general but feel it doesn't really fit the tone of this book.)

Overall: C+


Nicole Settle said...

This book looks adorable. I'm glad you thought it sweet and fun. I'll have to read it soon.

Lizzy said...

Great review! I have to agree that the characters weren't really developed all that well. In my opinion, if the book had been a bit longer, it might not have been an issue.

Emma said...

Honest review! This is the next book I'm going to read.

YA Book Queen said...

Yikes! Plot sounds fun, but...under development in characters drives me crazy. But, I'm still signed up for a tour for this one, so I can't wait to see what I think of it (once it gets to me...)

Thanks for the honest review! :D

Krissi Dallas said...

I love the concept of the book! But, yeah, I'm a big character-person. I love characters that I feel invested in, so it might not be for me, no matter how adorable the concept is. However, I have some teen readers that might really enjoy it so I will be sure to pass your review along!

Thanks, Briana! :)

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