Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Book Review: The Espressologist by Kristina Springer


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?

     I was really excited to jump into this book, it sounded really cute, and it was a short read (less than 200 pages). But, this book really left me disappointed. 

     The idea behind this book was very unique, but it also seemed very unrealistic. I don't understand how someone could possibly match you with someone else, based on the type of drink you order. Personally, I order a variety of different drinks, which means that I could have been paired or matched with multiple different people. I understand that this is fiction writing, but I wasn't very keen on the idea of 'Espressology'. I do however, think the idea was very unique and different. I applaud Kristina Springer for her creativity. 

     I also found this book very predictable, as most contemporary books are. I knew all along, how the book was going to end. There were a few unpredictable events that occurred, but for the most part, I knew what was going to happen next.

     As for the characters, I enjoyed the main character Jane. She was an awkward kind of girl, but throughout the story her humorous side showed. I found myself laughing at some on the things she said, and overall thought she had an amazing personality. The only thing is, I didn't get a clear visual of what Jane looks like! Throughout the book, I tried imagining what she could look like, and the image kept changing. 

     I also found that the book seemed to be written for a younger audience. Although there is some cuss words thrown into the writing, I couldn't help but feel that this could be something a middle school child could be reading. 

     Overall, I didn't really enjoy this one, but that doesn't mean others won't! I still recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick contemporary read. 

Rating: 2/5

About the Author: 

Kristina Springer is the author of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS, and THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT. She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and she resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children.


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