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The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club

The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club

“More than anything, we are thirsty for one another’s stories. When we tell our stories, there is no turning back. We may never see one another again – many people come only once, stopping in the city for a few days on their way to Patagonia or Brazil or wherever – but once you’ve sat at this table, you are one of us forever.”

I judged this book by its cover – well, by its title actually. As soon as I saw it in the bookstore and saw “Buenos Aires” in the title, I had to have it. I lived there for a year, so perhaps I’m a bit biased.

Anyway, The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison is a charming, funny novel – the kind that keeps me awake much too late for a few nights because I need to know what happens, yet simultaneously makes me wish that it wouldn’t ever have to end.

The main character, Cassie Moore, is, well, a control freak. She’s got every detail of her life and future planned out and color-coded in an Excel spreadsheet, so she’s shell-shocked when she catches her perfect fiance in bed with another woman. They break up and she moves out. Oh and she also gets very drunk in the process one night, and she somehow books herself a six-month stay in Buenos Aires, where she’s never been.

When she first arrives in Buenos Aires, she’s terrified and depressed; she barely ventures out to the

Jessica Morrison

Author Jessica Morrison

supermarket. Eventually she meets people through her Spanish classes and all the while she blogs about her daily adventures and her encounters with Mateo, the infuriatingly sexy and smug handyman at the house she’s living in. During her six months, she changes and grows more than she could have ever guessed.

And the descriptions of Buenos Aires are so spot-on. At times it was difficult for me to keep reading because the book was making me ache for Buenos Aires; it’s such an incredible city and the perfect place to set a story like this! Seriously, if you’ve never been, you absolutely must go. And read this book as well!


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Sweet Valley Confidential

Sweet Valley ConfidentialI got really excited last week over something that I read on The Daily Beast. I was at work and I almost jumped out of my chair. Take a look for yourself. Francine Pascal has actually written an entire Sweet Valley High book herself (most of them were written by ghost writers, but the plot lines were written by her) and this one, Sweet Valley Confidential, is set in NYC and Sweet Valley and Jessica and Elizabeth are grown women, aged 27. Pretty much my age, yikes.

I cannot stress how much of a nerd I am, I know, but those books were a huge guilty pleasure of mine during juniorWakefield twins high and high school. I was too young to witness Sweet Valley High‘s real hayday in the 80s, unfortunately. I caught on to the books (and then was hooked on all that silly, glossy perfection) in the late 90s. I haven’t thought about Sweet Valley in years!

So then of course I went onto Amazon and pre-ordered the book for my Kindle. It just arrived today. While I’m very into it, I think Middlesex, which I’m currently reading, may get pushed to the side until I gobble up this new development in the lives of the infamous Wakefield twins.

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