Life in the city gives 23 year old Amalia Hastings a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village!
She thought she had everything she wanted – a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn’t enough.
Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty.
Amalia is essentially torn between two men, and Michael is torn between two women. Her best friend Cassandra is being strung along by her “boyfriend”, Bryce, and even her friend Olivia is having a secret relationship!
After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself asking – what happens to men when they move to Manhattan?!
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Amalia has it all. Apartment in Manhattan, a degree from NYU, gorgious Nicholas as a boyfriend, stunning Italian friend Cassandra and cute friend Michael. And her dream to visit Brazil finally becomes true. From the very first moment you’ll think that this girl has reached the stars. But on the other hand, Nicholas doesn’t love her anymore, and Michael becomes a friend with benefit. Amalia wants something more, even if she knows that there is Marge, Michael’s girlfriend back home. So, the love triangle is all set up, and Amalia has to find her own way out.
What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan is a classic chick-lit story aboutr a girl trying to live her dream. It is an easy read, with young and beautiful characters. But I must say that it didn’t blow me away, nor had that WOW effect. I couldn’t connect with Amalia as a main character mainly because she acted so childish from time to time. I was expecting more from the love triangle too. I didn’t like their characters very much, they were both very selfish. But Amalia grows up as the story continues and finally makes some right decisions. I really respected her for that. And you can not dislike Olivia and Cassandra, Amalia’s BFF. They are both so hilarious and so outragious. It’s always good to have friends like that.
Overall, it is an enjoyable story that reminds me a bit of Sex And The City. In Manhattan Amalia learns what it’s like to be a grown-up and realizes love doesn’t come easy. Looking for an answer of the question what happens to men when they move to Manhattan, she sees her true value and starts appreciating herself.
I must say that I love the cover, love the colors and love the design. It was the first thing that attracted me to this book.
My rating: 7/10