Saturday, June 04, 2011

Review: The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 184 pages

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; 1st edition (October 27th 2009)
Language: English
Source: Purchased from Power Books
Book Summary:  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?
With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.
This is just a very quick read to me given that it is just a little short of reaching 200 pages.  This book is what you definitely expect from a chick-lit novel - light, fun, and romance.  The idea behind this book is just plain genius.  Who would ever think of classifying people based on their preferred and favorite coffee mix and matching them with the other coffee addicts based on their drinks?  But of course, all of the greatness just plainly stopped there.  This novel, although a fun read, is also pretty much predictable. The characters are purely average and I couldn't even pinpoint anyone who stood out.  The book didn't intrigue me much as compared to the summary of the book.    What I do love about this novel though is how each coffee drink is greatly described and assigned to a certain type of person.  I feel that the author has really researched on this through observing people in a coffeehouse.  

I'll recommend this book to the younger people or to those readers who is looking for a quick, painless, easy read and who loves coffee.


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