I am the proud new owner of an Amazon Kindle and as the proud owner new owner of an Amazon Kindle, I have spent the last three days doing what all proud new owners of Amazon Kindles do – download anything and everything I can get my hands on. Browsing through the list I stumbled across a book from a familiar author: Lindsey Kelk, author of the ‘I Heart . . .’ series of books. So using the instantaneous magic of wi-fi I downloaded her latest offering ‘Jenny Lopez Has A Bad Week’ for the princely sum of £2.99.
The first thing you should know that this book is only available as an e-book for download to the Amazon Kindle. The second thing you should know is that it is a short story. I was a little disappointed to find out that it was a short story and even more annoyed that it isn’t advertised as such on Amazon. Considering that you can get a large number of full length books on Amazon for this price and, quite often, much less, it isn’t actually very good value for money if you ask me. The story is a good one, don’t get me wrong, but value wise it isn’t great. Just to give you a bench mark, I have since downloaded Lindsey Kelk’s most recent, full length, book for the same price.
If you have read any of Lindsey Kelk’s ‘I Heart . . .’ books (New York, Paris, Vegas) you will find the story in this one very familiar. Rather than focussing on the heroine of the other stories though, it focusses on the heroine’s best friend, Jenny Lopez (no relation to the pop star of course!). I actually loved the character of Jenny Lopez in the previous books, so was pleased to know that she was the star of this one. She is feisty, strong and very likeable, a character that you warm to straight away.
The story itself revolves around the fact that Jenny is jobless, flatmateless and single – a state of affairs that is unusual for Ms Lopez and unusual to read about. It is a typical chick-lit style story – one that makes you smile and uplifts you. It isn’t a clever story or one that will teach you anything, but it is one you will enjoy, if you like this type of story. Lindsey Kelk is very good at writing likeable characters and stories that sweep away your imagination to a fun place and she has done that again with his short story.
The only problem I found was that the ending was a little rushed and a little too organised. I have no doubt that this was down to the fact it is a short story, pure and simple. It’s hard to tell how long a book is on the Kindle because there are no page numbers, but I would guess that it is just under half the length of a normal length book. I would have loved for Kelk to have carried this one on to a normal length because it had the makings of a really good chick-lit book. It just seemed to end quite suddenly and there were still things that could have been taken further in my opinion.
After downloading and reading the book I read a couple of reviews of it (perhaps I should have done that before downloading it, I know!) and it would seem that at some point the book has been available for free and for £1.99. It is interesting that the people who got it free gave it four or five stars and the people that paid for it (even those that paid less than me) weren’t quite so generous. I think I can understand why. If I’d have known that it was a short story, I probably wouldn’t have downloaded it. As it is I have and I would have to give it just the three stars because it was a good story in the main, but disappointingly short and not particularly good value for money.