The Espressologist by Kristina Springer


The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Release Date: October 27th 2009
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 192
From: ALA
Interest: debut author

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

Three words; frothy, fun, flavorful!

Move over Cupid, the Espressologist is in!

The Esprossologist is a very fun and cute story. The characters weren’t quite developed enough for me. Even Jane the MC, felt a little two dimensional. I didn’t feel any connection to her at all. Which was disappointing, because I really enjoyed what little we did learn about her.

Her relationship with Cam was another aspect that I think fell flat. I could see it happening, but it didn’t have any real development. I needed a little bit more interaction between the two characters.

I loved the premise of the novel, match making with your favorite coffee drinks! That was incredibly fun!

Overall, an entertaining debut novel!