Sunday, January 31, 2010

Book 8 of '10 The Espressologist by Kristina Springer


The Espressologist looked like so much fun. I grabbed in from the library and devoured it.

Dust Jacket Description:

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.

Characters: I find it hilarious that I loved Emma from Jane Austen's Emma and in this remake I did not like Jane at all. She's empty headed and frivolous. But that didn't minimize my enjoyment of this novel. Em was cute and fit the best friend role. Cam was such a flat character I was bored. You cannot make an even loosely based version of Emma and then have a love interest who is the complete opposite of Mr. Knightley. It is just not allowed. I'm not even sure why Jane liked him. He's nice, sure, but there's nothing different about him. The characters were forgettable but their lack of realism gave the book a light tone that helped the coffee premise shine through. 2 and a half flowers.

Writing: Light and fluffy. Perfect for this novel. 4 flowers.

Plot: Ah, here is where this book redeems itself! I'm a big Starbucks fan, so the coffee descriptions were really fun and creative. There were some interesting roadblocks and the sweet plot was definitely my favorite part of the book. 4 and a half flowers.

Originality: I love this idea! Quite brilliant. 4 and a half flowers.

Ending: Predictable, but good. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Fitting. 5 flowers.

Cover: I would've liked a cover with a sweeter looking girl to match the book's feel. 4 flowers.

Overall: Great for a sick day when you can't pay attention to anything. Lots of fun and a great pick me up. Three and a half flowers.

Emma Out!


  1. I love your reviews! So cute, simple, and thorough.

  2. Aww thanks Juju! I'm going for thorough. While I love big review posts, I prefer reviews with brief formulas like yours to read and write, so this is working for me.

  3. I enjoyed your review! This book is sounding so good!