REVIEW: ‘Expat Diaries: Single in the City’ Michele Gorman

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Expat Diaries
Michele Gorman
Chick Lit

Take one twenty-six-year-old American, add to a two thousand year old city, add a big dose of culture clash and stir.

To think Hannah ever believed that Americans differed from Brits mainly in pronunciation, sophistication and dentistry. That's been the understatement of a lifetime. She lands upon England's gentle shores with no job, no friends and no idea how she's supposed to build the life she's dreaming of. Armed with little more than her enthusiasm, she charges headlong into London, baffling the locals in her pursuit of a new life, new love and sense of herself.

I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book at 11.30pm, with the intention of having a little read. Then, lo and behold, it was 2am, and I’d finished the entire thing.

To me, this is the sign of a great book – when you just can’t put it down. Gorman’s Expat Diaries: Single in the City┬áis the perfect piece of chick lit! Hannah’s adventures settling into London life are both hilarious and recognisable. We’ve all been there; maybe not in London, but somewhere. And falling for the ‘perfect’ guy only to find out that he’s actually Satan’s evil twin? Yup, we’ve all been there too.

Gorman managed to write a character who was interesting and survived her many disasters without being whingey. I was completely invested in Hannah finding her feet, and recognised the emotions she felt as she tried to find her place in a strange new place.

The writing flowed in the easy style that is essential for good chick lit, and the plot has numerous facets that didn’t feel crammed in but instead each added a layer of depth to the story. Gorman also had fun with the lingo differences between America and the UK, which was a laugh, and the stereotypical Aussie backpackers who made an appearance were bang on!

I was pleased to discover that there are two sequels already written for me to devour as soon as I have some downtime!No torturous waiting game to play. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Hannah in a new place, and with a whole new string of disasters to manage!

If you want to discover the magic of expat life for yourself (from the comfort of your own home), you can find it here. If anyone has read it, let me know what you thought! I feel like this is a short review, but sometimes all you need to know is that it’s good!

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  • Lubka Christova

    It’s sounds really good and reminds me of my journey arriving in London a few years ago. Even though coming from another European country, what I’ve learned about Britain from the students books, had nothing to do with what I really saw here :))


  • Stephanie Griffith

    I’ve had a really hard time getting into chick lit, as usually it’s just too… shallow for me. Ok that sounds snobby. I just usually read deep thinking stuff like Omnivore’s Dilemma and Lies My Teacher Told Me. My all time fav author is Dean Koontz, and I find myself comparing everything I read to him because IMO he’s such a great writer that I never think “Oh yeah right.” He can make the unbelievable acceptable.

    I digress. I’ll have to check this book out, because I could use something a bit more upbeat than my usual fare.

    • Annabel Krantz

      Hey Stephanie! I agree, chick lit is definitely an easy read. Personally, I find that I enjoy it most when life is pretty heavy and I want to read, but don’t feel like deep concepts or complexity. With lots of chick lit being similar, it’s like you know what to expect and can relax into something comfortable. I feel a tad embarrassed about reading so much chick lit, it’s definitely less high brow than what most kids in law school admit to reading! I think a good mix of everything is the best way to read. Thanks for visiting!!

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