[description from Amazon]
Geena can’t wait to spend summer vacation at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop with her best friend, Amber, and her cousin, Hero. But Amber and Hero hate each other on sight, and Geena’s dreams of a girl-bonding summer fly out the window—then vanish entirely when a few cute (okay, drop-dead gorgeous) guys enter the picture. All is not what it seems, though, and in a story of mistaken identities, summer high jinks, and just enough romance, Geena and her friends learn that when Bettys unite, they can take on the most powerful force in their world: a hot guy.
This is another book that was reviewed and loved like crazy last year, but one I never picked up until a few days ago. And all I have to say is: WHY DID I NEVER PICK THIS BOOK UP?! People, do not be like me and wait to read the books everyone is talking about. Read it right away. And if there is anyone left who hasn't read this one, read it!
Not only are the characters awesome because some of them are baristas*, but also because they're just plain awesome. I'm sick of stereotypical characters and was relieved to see that though these characters seem cliche, they aren't. I love that Geena is not only a genius and barista, but a skater as well. I can count on one hand the number of girl skaters I've ever read about. I used to skateboard (No, seriously. I did.) so I liked seeing a skater show up. Amber and Hero also are deeper than expected; Amber has plenty of real, emotional issues even though she seems lighterhearted, and Hero seems innocent, but she can be kind of diabolical.
There's just enough stuff happening in the book to make it exciting, but not so much that it takes lots of brain power to keep up. While the romances are predictable and pretty cheesy, the rest of the book has plenty of twists. The plot twist near the end is especially grand, though a bit unrealistic. But who cares? It was hilarious, just like the rest of the book.
And just because I don't want to write a full review of the sequel, here is a review of it in six words: Just as awesome as the first.
*Have Liv and I ever told you about our barista cult?
Links: Jody's website