Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Comfort Read: The Teashop Girls

The Teashop Girls (Teashop Girls, #1)
Cover via Goodreads

Book description:

The Official Rules of the Teashop Girls

1. Teashop girls are best friends forever.
2. Tea is held every week, no matter what.
3. All tea and scones must be split equally at all times.

Annie, Genna, and Zoe have been hanging out at the Steeping Leaf since elementary school. The Teashop Girls do everything together -- at least they used to. With the end of eighth grade approaching, Genna's too busy with theater, Zoe's always at tennis, and Annie feels totally left out. What happened to tea every week, no matter what?
When Annie convinces her grandmother to give her a job as a barista at the Leaf, things begin to look up. In between whipping up chai lattes for customers, and attempting to catch the attention of her Barista Boy crush, Annie is finally beginning to feel as grown-up as her best friends. But an eviction notice spells trouble for the Leaf and unless they can turn the business around, the teashop will have to close its doors forever. 

My review:

I enjoyed The Teashop Girls. It's a Tween/Early Teen fiction book (the heroine is thirteen) which can be enjoyed by adults as well. The relationships between Annie and her best friends, her grandmother Louisa, and her family are well-drawn and the characters are likeable. The setting (Madison, WI) made me want to visit there again, and the various recipes and tea-related pages were a fun addition, especially for this tea-lover. There are some subtle touches I appreciated, such as the behavior of the antagonists (or I interpreted them as subtle). There were a few things that threw me out of the story, like the teens sometimes speaking more like adults than some of the adult characters, but, oddly, this lessened as the book went on. Recommended for those who enjoy YA/children's fiction with whimsical charm, spunky heroines, and an emphasis on family and friends...and tea!

Overall ★★★★★ (5/5)

Comfort 🍵🍵🍵🍵(4/5)

Romance ❤  (1/5)

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