New Review: Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis
Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail waitress at a posh Chicago hotel.
In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there’s something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.
In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?
Nicole’s 4.5 Star Review
When I saw the title of Aven Ellis’ new book, Surviving the Rachel, I swear my first thought was “Dear Lord, someone has FINALLY written a story about trying to grow out all of those damn layers!” I mean, I had The Rachel. Let me tell you, it was not flattering on me. The sad reality of it was that it took me over a year to grow out all of those freakin’ layers! But I digress…
In Surviving the Rachel, Bree Logan has hit one wall after another. In an attempt to grab some control in her life she decides she’s ready for a change. What better way to make a change than book an appointment at an upscale salon and get a fabulous new hair style, right? We’ve all been there! The fabulous new hairstyle is supposed to be a modern take on The Rachel, but what she ends up with is the old take with lots of bangs. (I hang my head in sympathy because I know just how she felt when she looked into the mirror and saw the end result.) Of course, it isn’t until after the Rachel debacle that she meets the 2 hot brothers who live next door. So, here she is with this nightmare of a ‘do, a match-making mother and the rest of her insecuritire. What happens once the introductions are made and the layers start growing out is an incredibly funny, sweet girl meets the German speaking, freckle-face, blue eyed hotness next door romance. The kind of romance that has you all giggly and swoony, and maybe even wishing it could happen to you.
Aside from the story itself, one of the things I loved about this book is how Aven used a haircut as a metaphor for life. Bree has all kinds of experiences and every time, the thought “well, if I can survive this haircut, I can handle anything” is there keeping things and life from getting too big and out of perspective. I loved it.
Aven, can you hear me? I. LOVE. YOUR. BOOKS!!
And here’s why…they are beautifully simple and sweet. I like to read angst, drama and red hot naughtiness as much as the next girl. It’s just that sometimes, I need to read something where the story picks me up and takes me along for the ride and the only emotions I feel are butterflies the first time they kiss or the hilarity of some “it could happen to anyone” embarrassing situation. I love when the simplicity of a story leaves room for the intricacies of the characters to say what they mean and be who they are with no distractions. Simple is best! Aven Ellis nails this every time!!
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.