Title: The Espressologist
Author: Kristina Springer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (October 27, 2009)
Reading Level: Young Adult
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?
The Espressologist is a great debut from Kristina Springer! The whole idea of this story was something really unique.
Jane and Em are both funny and entertaining characters. The relationship between them is comfortable and natural...just how best friends should be! Cam was a character, but I wasn't really able to know him as well as I should have. Springer should have enhanced his character more so that readers would really be able to see the relationship building between him and Jane.
The best part, though, were the different customers that Jane had. They're quirky, fun, and interesting. Will. He was a character I was suspicious of ever since the beginning. I just wished that there was more conflict relating to him and Melissa. At first, he seemed like such a perfect guy, but then, nobody's perfect right?
The couples that she paired up were cute and charming...I especially loved the three freshmen couples she paired up! Too cute!
I've used cute so many times! If there's any word that'll describe The Espressologist, it's definitely going to be cute! =)
Overall: .6*Thanks to FSG for sending me a review copy!