Where I got it: The Library
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Very nice.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page Count: 184 p.
Jane has this theory about people who buy coffee. She thinks that people buy drinks based on their personality types. By using these observations she hooks up a couple of friends. When word of this gets around to her boss he thinks it's a great idea and might just be the idea to get their stores numbers up. He sets her up as The Espressoloigist for everyone to come in, order their drink and then (hopefully) find their dream date. When more and more people get excited about this event and Jane starts to feel like she needs someone too, things start to go awry. It is one thing after another in this quirky twist to the regular teen tale.
This was a very original and exciting idea for a story that has been told many times. The classic boy likes girl, boys liking goes over girls head, girl wants other boy, girl realizes what just happened; now with the Espressologist fun. I really agree that people can be defined by what they really like to eat and drink, like if a couple buys sandwiches and one always gets hots and one never does... it probably isn't going to work out too well. I enjoyed how real everyone seemed even though they only graced a few pages. This was a fantastic read and I think everyone should pick it up. Kristina had the right blend of romance, heartbreak, sugar and spice. Definitely a delightful read.
"Large Nonfat Four-shot Caffe Latte Cocky
sex-deprived butthead guy drink."
"He was a middle child, second string on his h.s. football team -- the Peter Brady of the coffee world."