Guy’s Girl, a review by Sherry

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Guy’s Girl
Emma Noyes

384 pages
Berkley Publishing
published October 24, 2023

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With a pink cover and a synopsis mentioning romance, I thought this would be a light romance.  I couldn’t have guessed further from the truth.  It’s a slightly different coming of age story. The main characters are just out of college and figuring out how to be an adult.  Both Ginny and Adrian have life impairing issues that they must also learn to live with as they embark on the grown up world.

It has been forever since I was in that place in life, but the words and thoughts in this book had me connect with both Ginny and Adrian.  While both of my parents are alive and I’ve not had an eating disorder, I have had those moments where I felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.  While the subject matter at times is tough, it was a rewarding read as it spoke to my heart.  The characters were complex and their faults made them relatable.

It’s been a while since I read a romance that wasn’t a rom com and this was the perfect one to break out of that mold.  It had substance and yet I still rooted for both Ginny and Adrian to come through on the other side and find a way to each other.  And I’m not sure I’ve ever read about a character from Hungary and loved all the culture and exploring where Adrian came from.

This is a romance and friendship book that you can sink your teeth into.

About the book

The boy who couldn’t love and the girl who wouldn’t.

Ginny Murphy is a total guy’s girl. She’s always found friendships with boys easier to form and keep drama-free – as long as they don’t fall for her, and she doesn’t fall for them. She and her best guy friends have stuck to that. But then she meets Adrian Silvas, the only one who’s ever made her crave more, and Ginny begins to question her own rules.

Piece by piece, Ginny and Adrian begin to fall into something intoxicating, something dangerous. Ginny threatens to destroy the belief Adrian’s held ever since witnessing his own mother’s heartbreak: that love isn’t worth the risk. For Ginny, the stakes could be even higher. Letting Adrian get close could mean exposing a secret she’s long protected: her disordered eating.

Ginny isn’t looking to be saved by someone. But maybe she and Adrian can help each other – if they don’t destroy each other first.

Heartfelt and evocative, Guy’s Girl is a powerful story about true love, self-love, and growing up.

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