REVIEW: “When Girlfriends Take Chances” Savannah Page

When Girlfriends Take Chances Book Cover When Girlfriends Take Chances
Savannah Page
Chick Lit

A novel about exploring love and life's path, and taking chances along the way.

Emily Saunders has never thought twice about grabbing her passport, rucksack, and camera and trekking across the globe. If there's an NGO, a study abroad program, or simply the travel itch, Emily's on the first plane out. Free-spirited, open-minded, and eager to explore, it's no wonder Emily's hardly in one spot (or relationship) for long.

For the past year and a half, though, Emily's found herself planted in her college hometown of Seattle. She's surrounded by her best friends, has steady work as a photographer and at her friend Sophie's café, and is certainly kept busy by the wild antics of her BFF Jackie. Life's enjoyable, but Emily's looking for something more. She's ready for a change, for adventure!But when Emily tells her girlfriends she's ready for something new she does not expect Operation Blind Date!

Sure, Emily's single. Sure, she hopes to some day find true love. But being thrown into an insane challenge like this is not exactly the adventure she had in mind! Couldn't she just travel and focus on her photography? Or volunteer in Africa? Will a string of eligible bachelors lined up by her friends--a shot at finding a real and lasting love--really be that change she's searching for?

This is a spirited story about seeking adventure while being true to yourself, wherever you are in life. It's a story about love, risk, and self-discovery. About what happens when girlfriends take chances.

I received a copy of When Girlfriends Take Chances by Savannah Page in exchange for my honest opinion.

The latest in a series of books about a group of six women living in Seattle, I’ll admit that I had mixed feelings about this book. For starters, I think it’s necessary to read the earlier books in the series before picking up When Girlfriends Take Chances. While Page was clever in filling new readers in on the highlights of each character without overdoing the details and boring longtime fans, I felt that I didn’t really have enough detail about each woman’s story to really connect to any of them, and it took awhile to get them all straight.

Perhaps this is why I struggled to warm to protagonist Emily. On the surface, I thought we had one big thing in common – an insatiable wanderlust! However, as I continued to read I started to feel that she was a little two-dimensional… Unsure of where she is going in life, she’s wavering between taking off overseas again and trying to settle down. In itself, that’s a recognisable feeling. However, her apparent disdain of those who don’t share her love of travel, and the fact that her life is largely funded by her trust fund (although she prefers to spend it on travel than flashy possessions, which is admirable), were a little off putting. That said, she did read as a loyal friend, which was definitely a redeeming feature.

The actual plot of the book was entertaining – although the feminist in me takes issue with how important it is to the women that Emily find a man to ‘settle down’ with. I liked how the different stories intertwined, and took some comfort in the fact that these (albeit fictional) ladies remain friends despite their markedly different personalities. I also liked how Page was able to use a number of different locations for the story that added new layers; the start-up shop of Emily’s friend, her new book club, her shabby flat and the homes of her friends.

Overall, I think my opinion of the book would have been very different if I had read all of the books in the series. The writing style was light and easy – a perfect beach read – and reader’s will likely identify with one of the many characters. Luckily for you, you’ve read this post and now know to start at he beginning of the series. You can pick up the first three books in the series here. When I get a chance, I’m going to start at the beginning and read about their adventures from the start!

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  • Shirley Nyikos

    I do enjoy your reviews Annabel. This is the first book you have wisely directed us to the three preceding reads to maximise our experience or journey with these ladies. Great work by you, not an easy task to pick up book four. Congratulations. Shirley.
    Put this in my read bucket list!(all4) !