- Page Count: 185
- Release Date: October 27, 2009
- My Rating: 2 stars
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.
I had heard this was a sort of retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma as a modern barista, which has a ton of potential! But the execution kind of killed everything.
The main plot idea is that Jane is a barista who can tell pretty much anyone’s drink order at a glance. She starts to play matchmaker through drink preferences, but eventually realizes she likes the guy she’s set up her friend with. The friend gladly gives up the guy at the so that Jane can be happy.
I wasn’t really expecting anything complex from the story, but could barely finish this book because Jane was so thoroughly unpleasant… I just don’t like reading from the POV of super judgmental people who complain about life and think they’re better than others. All of the characters were pretty flat and dull, though, so it was hard to care about anything. And the story itself was super short, but still got cluttered up by a ton of weird details that really didn’t matter (like Jane’s fashion ambitions).
Nothing was particularly enjoyable and I really wish I had just called this a DNF. I mostly stuck with it for the whole Jane Austen theme, but it’s a VERY loose retelling. More like it shares the idea of matchmaking and the main character liking the guy she’s paired her friend with aaaaand that’s about it.