Monday, 26 August 2013
Review: Wing Girl by Nic Tatano
Format: Kindle eBook
Released: August 29th, 2013
For years guys have cruised bars using the "wing man" as a divide and conquer weapon designed to liberate a gorgeous woman from her not-so-beautiful friend. Meet Belinda Carson, Wing Girl. She's a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners investigative reporter fighting for truth, justice and higher ratings. But while her fame draws in the hotties, it’s unfortunate that you can’t buy a new personality at Bloomingdales! Because up close and personal these unsuspecting suitors get fried by a snarky attitude that's sharp enough to slice a stale bagel… which leaves her grateful friends to swoop in for the delectable leftovers! Only enough is enough – isn’t it time for Belinda to stop taking one for the team and land her own Mr Right?
Wing Girl is a hugely enjoyable eBook from the new imprint HarperImpulse, which is designed to publish women's fiction like rom-coms and chick-lit. I don't read a lot of this genre, though I do have certain authors who I'll read, such as Sophie Kinsella and Carole Matthews. This book appealed to me because it sounded light and fun, which just so happened to be what I was in the mood for. It's a really great read that made me laugh out loud in places - I thoroughly enjoyed author Nic Tatano's sense of humour!
Wing Girl is all about Belinda, a TV journalist with a penchant for investigative reporting. Her friends Roxanne, Ariel and Serena give her a makeover accompanied by some lessons at charm school and, before you know it, Belinda has completely changed and is attracting the attention of a lot of men, some nice and some not-so nice!
Belinda's whole transformation was so funny to read, especially because I could identify with how little interest she had in clothes or how she knew nothing about different forks and spoons. That aspect reminded me very much of one of my favourite teen films, She's All That. Who doesn't love a good transformation story?!
Every character in Wing Girl was so realistic and likeable. Even the not-so nice characters still had charm and a certain something about them, making several plot twists a bit on the shocking (but predictable) side. Every character had a life and a background, with a personality that cemented their realism on the page. No-one was boring, and everyone had their chance to shine.
Wing Girl is straight up chick-lit, perfect for filming and being made into a rom-com cinema hit. It's fast and funny, and I could have easily carried on reading. I'm looking forward to more books by Nic Tatano and HarperImpulse and I hope the imprint does well. If Wing Girl is anything to go by, I think there are going to be a lot of good chick-lit books published in the near future!