Welcome to Beantown
by Elle Vanzandt
A Boston Belles Novel
Publication Date: January 30, 2017
Genres: New Adult, College, Coming of Age
There’s nothing better than building lasting friendships and I love stories about friendships that turn into families. I strongly believe that family isn’t always defined by blood, this has held true in my life and I’m sure it’s held true for many others out there. So when I saw that Welcome to Beantown was about the bonds formed in college, I was pretty jazzed—especially as both authors were unknowns to me. I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I had been a little worried that the story would be too muddied by the multiple points of view, but the book was well-written and the transitions flowed smoothly enough that I was able to flow the story from chapter to chapter with ease. That being said, I still wish that each girl got her own book, the novella felt so brief to me and I can’t help but wonder if we would have gotten more depth from a novella about each character.
Gia is loud, brash and in your face. Raised in love, she’s sarcastic and outgoing with a family that I want to adopt. Please Mamma, can I come for Sunday dinner?? Shelby is quieter, country-bred and really sweet. Self-conscious because of money restrictions, she is primarily there for education. Lexi is reserved, bordering on cold and insecure. She’s been raised to be about image and reputation. It’s an odd bunch but the bond they are forming is definitely a strong one. Add in Frankie, Gia’s brother, and his friends and you have the makings for some shenanigans. There’s some great banter included. The characters are pretty well developed; they each have some flaws and insecurities.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It’s not in my top favorites of New Adult or college-aged reads but I’ll definitely keep reading. It does end on a cliffhanger so if you prefer waiting until a series is finished before reading, you’ll want to wait before reading because it’s a humdinger of one. Also, there is a situation that may trigger some people. It’s not extremely drawn out or in your face, but it still could affect someone.
If you like college settings, this may be worth a look for you. Just don’t expect a whole lot of romance or hanky panky. This is mainly about friendships. -Peace and Love, Buxom J