Thursday, March 26, 2015

What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan? (What Happens To Men #1), by Jill Knapp

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Synopsis: The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan? 
Life in the big city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the complex world of men, graduate school, money, family, and friendship.

She thought she had everything she wanted – a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn’t enough.

Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty.

After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself torn between the possibility of a relationship, and an adventure she's been planning all along.

She eventually realizes that solely chasing love closes her off to all of the other good things life has to offer. Now she must decide – what is worth the chase?

My thoughts:  I LOVED this book. It was so fun to read about Amalia's adventures in Manhattan, in school and in her personal life. She gets involved with several different men along the way, has serious break-ups, and then has serious doubts about the break-ups. There were times I wanted to smack some sense into her, and other times when her behavior truly resonated with me. I enjoyed the characters of her friends Cassandra and Olivia, but was disappointed that her roommates were barely even part of the story. Nicholas is selfish and manipulative, and Michael just made me angry. I was actually hoping that Amalia would eventually end up with Alex, but I'm pleased with the way this story ended. I can hardly wait to read the second book in the series, We've Always Got New York.

My rating: Four stars

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