Author: Samantha March
Title: The Six: Kristy
Genre(s): Women's fiction; Friendship; Romance; Romantic comedy
Fun-loving and relatable
This novel came to me at just the right time. My reading list was saturated with thrillers and emotionally heavy novels that it was a refreshing break to read something light-hearted (for the most part), fun, and steamy! The Six: Kristy follows six girlfriends living in Chicago with various careers, types of love interests, and relationships with one another. It is part of a six-part series where each book takes the perspective of each woman. The first installment has Kristy as the main character and she is a lively and independent young woman who is taking on her first job as a full-time elementary school guidance counselor. Samantha made Kristy’s journey of starting a first job very relatable in how she conveyed the nerves and excitement that are associated with following one’s passion and seeing it realized. It was clear that Samantha did her research on the duties of guidance counselors, which made this aspect of the storyline more believable and realistic. I love having as much information about a character’s life as possible, especially when specific aspects will add more depth to the plot and overall feel of the book. Kristy’s relationships with her girlfriends was obviously a huge aspect of the book and Samantha did a great job at keeping all of the storylines and information straight. I am sure having six characters that are highly interactive takes a lot of brain power to manage. There was never a time when I felt confused about what was going on or when things within the story between the women did not make sense. Each of the women also added something of their own to Kristy’s story and it became clear that all of the women had their own story worthy of an installment. Samantha was able to balance the disclosure of supporting characters’ difficulties without letting readers in on every secret that will likely come out in the future books.
As the story develops, Kristy’s BFF in the group, Breely, makes a bet that Kristy must abstain from sex for six months and if she does, she will be invited on a yoga retreat to Paris with all expenses paid. It was nice to read a book where a woman is open with her sexuality and does not have to fear being judged by her friends. Kristy came to the decision on her own that maybe she should take a break from sexual escapades in order to find a more stable relationship. Books often convey women as not enjoying sex as much as men and that is exactly why I found The Six: Kristy to be so relatable…because women DO enjoy sex and that is okay J Samantha added an amusing twist in that Kristy meets an amazing guy, worthy of her time outside the bedroom, while she is on the six-month contract with her friend. The new dating pair navigates how to enjoy one another’s company without the expectation of going all the way. The scenes exploring their sexual tension are mildly steamy and fit perfectly with the overall tone of the novel.
As far as Kristy’s character in general, I found myself changing my thoughts on her quite often as I was reading. I love her quirky and spunky attitude and she is clearly independent and works hard at her job and friendships. However, there were also moments when I wanted to scream at my iPad mini to tell her to communicate and stop being a stereotypical millennial who doesn’t know how to solve interpersonal problems. I found her fitting into the annoying category when it came to her figuring out the relationship with Grey Grahl. HOWEVER, I also have a lot of respect for authors who write characters that are not perfect and have more realistic qualities because that makes for a more relatable experience and it helps readers to connect with the characters so much more. Speaking of feeling connected with characters…I felt incredibly proud of Kristy for how she handled an amazingly difficult situation she encountered at work. I feel even more proud of my friend, Samantha, for shedding light on a terrible situation that happens to children every single day. It was a powerful moment in the novel that took it up several notches.
Lastly, I think it is important, not only in this situation, but when reading any novel to understand the genre the novel belongs to. This falls into chicklit and the friendship genres, so if you are looking for an incredibly intense plot with characters that will leave you pondering humanity, this novel is not for you. But if you want to read a well-written story about young women who are navigating friendships, relationships, marriages, jobs, and independence, than I highly recommend The Six: Kristy.
Kristy Martin is twenty-something, single and living it up in Chicago. She has a crew of close girlfriends to keep her social calendar active, and is celebrating finally securing employment in her chosen field. While always free-spirited, Kristy is getting tired of the revolving door – or more accurately, bed – of random guys and failed dates, and comes up with a plan to get her act together when it comes to the opposite sex. That idea is quickly shot down by her bestie Breely Laver and replaced with a bet she can’t refuse – a free trip to Paris with her yoga instructor BFF if she can go six months without sex. Enter in charming, sexy, delicious Grey Grahl. Kristy tries to navigate a spicy new relationship without giving away her bet, while also dealing with an incredibly sensitive crisis at her job. Her first year as a full-time elementary school guidance counselor starts off with a devastating situation with a young student, and Kristy finds herself struggling to stay above water in both her professional and personal life. With her girlfriends as a support system, Kristy navigates troubled times at the school and agrees to come clean with Grey. This first book in a six-part girlfriend series introduces you to Kristy, Breely, Nora, Lauren, Tinsley and Scarlett, and takes readers on six individual stories about relationships, career choices, personal conflict and the bond of friendship.
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