After devouring Girl v. Boy by Yvonne and Sandy, I was ecstatic to read their next book! Love, Inc. This cute, girly, fun read is full of revenge, love, friendship, and some yummy desserts!
The main character Zahra is going through a little rough patch. Her grandparents from Pakistan show up and all of a sudden her parent's relationship is on the rocks and Zahra finds herself in group therapy. Baking and Rico seem to be the only two things keeping her sane. However, once she meets Kali and Syd, Zahra finds herself some unlikely confidants. The three, oddly matched friends soon find that they have one little thing in common; His name is Eric, or Rico, or Rick; it just depends on what girl he happens to be with at the moment.
When these girls come up with a plan of revenge, they have no idea it would change their lives forever. Soon the idea of Love, Inc. is born and with that comes a big list of changes. The girls ultimately learn to be better friends as well as great entrepreneurs!
Zahra along with her two supporting characters, Kali and Syd, are three girls that will stay with me for a long time. Zahra is sweet, always thinking of and doing for someone else. She is the type of character that is endearingly nerdy but so kick-butt at the same time. I wish I could say I was half as awesome as her. Her two best friends, Kali and Syd are two peas from two VERY DIFFERENT pods. Kali comes across as the pretty, talented, tree-hugging, airhead. However, she is strong, smart, and has a lot of great ideas when it comes to their little business. Syd is a girl who one would call an onion. She has lots of layers. Syd comes off as tough and very "I hate the whole world" however, she is just hurt by her parents and Eric and she really just doesn't know how to deal. Underneath all of her anger, Syd is really a big sweetheart. I love all three of these characters! Yvonne and Sandy did a superb job sticking to the right personalities. I was able to see the characters grow an exceptional amount throughout the book without losing sight of who they really were.
The title of the book, Love, Inc., would lose a lot of importance if it weren't for a little romance, right? Well this book sure has it! After their initial act as a group, revenge on the ex-boyfriend, the three girls actually spend a lot of time trying to fix up couples. There were so many relationship issues touched upon on this book; I found it really interesting and entertaining how they all coped with each individual issue. Aside from fixing up couples, Zahra finds herself in a romance, or two, or three. First there is Riaz, the apple of Zahra's grandmother's eye. He is Pakistan, cute, confident, and just the type of boy you bring home to mommy. After things fizzle with Riaz, there is Andrew. He is your perfect, preppy guy; athletic, good-looking, and nice. Sadly, things didn't work out with Andrew either. Just when Zahra is about to give up for good (a position that MANY teen girls have found themselves in), Kali mentions her older, extremely good-looking brother, Brody. Regardless of his annoying confidence and irritating remarks, Zahra can't seem to get him out of her mind. But after watching their parent's failed relationships as well as seeing theirs go down the drain, will these girls be able to move on and find live again?
I recommend this great little book to most girls, especially if you are fans of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg! Definitely a very cute book dealing with boys, heartbreak, revenge, and finding love again.
(Yes, I found it very reminiscent of that book, and I mean that in the best way possible!)