Blog Tour Review: Just a Girl by Becky Monson

Publication Date: 18th August 2020

​Synopsis: What happens when the right girl and the right guy meet at the wrong time?

One thing that can be said about Quinn Pearson is that she has a knack for doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. Like, the worst time ever. Take her job for instance. One little slip of the tongue using the mother of all swear words while reporting the news, and suddenly she finds herself with over 18 million views on YouTube and her employment in jeopardy. If that wasn’t bad enough, when she meets the man of her dreams, she nearly chokes to death on a powdered sugar donut.

​Thankfully for Quinn, the dashing Brit, Henry, finds her near death experience quite charming. But just when Quinn thinks her luck is going to change, she finds out her timing is all wrong again. Henry is off limits. Or is he? Maybe it’s time for Quinn to quit settling for what life hands her. Perhaps it’s time for her to become more than just a girl.

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About Becky Monson:

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By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.

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My Review:

Just a Girl is a smart, funny, and entertaining romantic comedy that focuses on Quinn, a news reporter scandalized from swearing on camera, and Henry, a sexy and charming executive.

I love Quinn! She’s funny and smart, and she tells it like it is. However, she is also self-conscious and insecure, especially since her mother is constantly pushing diet books on her and a particularly scathing “fan” takes every opportunity to insult her. Quinn often feels as if she is not good enough. However, she shows tremendous growth throughout the story and learns not to settle for less than she deserves. I love how Quinn learns to “seize the cupcake” and take charge of her life. Her self-doubt slowly changes as she becomes more confident and sure of herself.

Henry is positively swoon-worthy with his good looks and British accent, not to mention his charm. However, he is painted as realistically as Quinn, and he makes plenty of mistakes. Like Quinn, he shows great personal growth and learns to put his misgivings aside and trust his feelings.

The romance between Quinn and Henry is one I rooted for from the start. I loved them together! They are both such likable characters, and they are well-suited to each other. They connect on a deep level, and it’s pretty clear from the start that they have something special. Of course, several obstacles stand in their way, which jeopardizes their happily ever after.

Another part of the story that I adored is the humor. It is on point! I love the witty banter, the sarcasm, and the situational comedy. For example, Henry and Quinn meet as Quinn chokes on a powdered donut, which is a hilarious scene! I can so relate to feeling awkward and weird when meeting someone new, and Quinn’s cringe-worthy donut-infused encounter is fantastic. In another scene, Quinn accidentally sends Henry an embarrassing text, much to her chagrin. To make matters worse, she does it while surrounded by her teasing friends. Humorous anecdotes like these make for a charming and entertaining read.

In addition to the lovely romance and the comedy, I adored Quinn’s close-knit group of friends. They support and encourage, but they’re also goofy and ridiculous, as only good friends can be. I thought they were hilarious, and they brought some cheer and lightheartedness into Quinn’s life at times when she really needed it. They reminded me of the friends in Four Weddings and a Funeral – dynamic and entertaining with a perfect blend of levity and seriousness.

Real-world issues like body shaming, fighting to rise up in one’s job, dealing with insecurities, and cyberbullying are addressed, as are family issues. Quinn and Henry must deal with parental disappointment and fight to stay true to themselves amid familial pressure, work pressure, and personal expectations. I like that the author doesn’t shy away from issues that many readers can relate to. Furthermore, Monson makes some strong points about the detrimental effects these issues have on one’s sense of self.

Just a Girl is a fun, witty, and entertaining contemporary romance with fantastic characters, strong messages, and excellent dialogue! Many thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • The romance, of course!
  • The fabulous side characters, especially Quinn’s friends. So fun!
  • The strong messages.
  • The humor.

Favorite Line:

Seize the cupcake; don’t settle for the bran muffin.

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