ARC Review: One Broke Girl

Title: One Broke Girl
Author: Rhonda Helms
Series: Edgewood Falls #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 2014
My Rating: 4 Stars

  Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.

 But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who's proving hard to find.

  One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies...

  I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the review opportunity in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, will affect my review of the book.

  Reading the synopsis of One Broke Girl, I did not expect much from it, but I figured that I will at least enjoy the story, so I requested it. I did not expect how much I would love it and would learn from it! I am definitely happy that I gave this book a chance despite others' bad reviews on Goodreads.

  One Broke Girl is about Anna, whose mom left their family and emptied the bank account. As a result, Anna and her dad has to move back Ohio, their hometown. Anna figured that she could get a good job and go back to New York as fast as possible, but she ends up working as a lunch lady instead. With a depressed dad who wouldn't find a job, everything seems to go wrong in Anna's life. But she reconnects with her childhood friend Natalie, who then introduced her to Bianca, and then she meets the charming kindergarten teacher, Gavin.

  This book started out really great and continued to be great! Anna felt down at the start, but with Natalie and Bianca to cheer her up, she quickly got back on her own two feet. I loved Natalie and Bianca, who were the epitome of a true good friend. They never left Anna when she needed them the most, and even when she didn't need them, they were there. I loved Bianca's quirk and honesty, as it was refreshing to see that kind of personality. I loved how Anna changed from someone who looked down upon the janitors and lunch ladies, to working three jobs herself. I loved how Gavin was understanding, and I loved how their relationship progressed.

  One Broke Girl was a short read, but it was a beautiful short read. Reading this book was humbling because I learned things about life as Anna learned them. Sure, we're not super ric h or anything, but I am able to live comfortably and have occasional shopping sprees like Anna used to. Anna's experience taught me so much, and her resilience in this journey taught me never to give up. I love how she learned, and I fully recommend everyone to read this one!

  I was actually gonna give this one 4.5 stars, but I didn't like some parts near the end, so I'm giving it 4 stars!

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