A Girl Like You isn't Maria Geraci's first novel. She is well known in the women's fiction/romance genre. This is my first time reading one of her novels, and I have to say I was disappointed. I could not find myself relating to Emma for most of the book. I did admire the fact that Emma had a set list of good and bad qualities and that that she didn't change who she was at the drop of a hat. The main issue was her reasons for her bad qualities made absolutely no sense. To me Emma was a character who was manipulative and wasn't afraid to step on anyone who got in her way. It is safe to say she wasn’t my type of character.
Emma is a journalist that has a crush on her handsome boss. In order to impress him she claims she can get an interview with a famous NASCAR driver who she went to high school with. She must journey back to her hometown and face the past she had thought she left behind. While some of the side characters are interesting the relationships between most of the cast didn't make sense. There were many things in this book that just weren't handled realistically enough. Still the book has its charms.
Every ugly duckling is a swan in waiting...
Emma Frazier is smart, hardworking, and loves her job as a journalist for a Florida lifestyle magazine. Emma knows she’s no great beauty, but she’s pretty certain she has a shot with her handsome new boss, Ben Gallagher—until Emma overhears a mutual acquaintance refer to her as the “ugly friend.” In an effort to reclaim her battered self-esteem, Emma decides to impress Ben at work by promising an exclusive interview with NASCAR legend, Trip Monroe.
Emma and Trip went to high school together and although it’s been fourteen years since they’ve spoken, Emma is certain she can score an interview with the elusive super star. But connecting with Trip turns out to be harder than Emma imagined. Her quest for the interview leads her back to her tiny hometown of Catfish Cove, where old secrets and a new romantic interest shake up Emma’s views on life and teach her that maybe the key to finding true love is as simple as accepting yourself for the person you were always meant to be.