Review: Being Brooke by Emma Hart

Being Brooke
(Barley Cross #1)
by Emma Hart

My name is Brooke Barker…

And I’m a freaking disaster.

No, seriously. I’m a college drop-out working a dead-end job, my best friend Carly’s dog gets more action than I do, and I have more bad dates in my diary than there are movie remakes.

Not to mention I’m completely and utterly in love with Cain Elliott.

The problem? He’s in a relationship. With a girl who’s so plastic she makes Barbie cry herself to sleep with jealousy.

The second problem? He’s my best friend.

My shut-up-and-put-on-Harry-Potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampons, kinda best friend.

And that’s all he can be, right?



Brooke Barker is hopelessly in love with her best friend. Even when they were teenagers, she’s always harbored feelings for Cain Elliott. Only problem is, said BFF already has a girlfriend, blonde, beautiful and Barbie-esque. She doesn’t really need to compete to get Cain’s attention, her unending need to fix her broken household items sure does the trick. But can she get his heart in the process, too?

Being Brooke is a very easy-to-read rom-com. The banters and BFF emergencies kept me on my toes.

I wasn’t fully sold on Brooke, though. She was quite whiny and clingy, in my opinion. There she was, constantly complaining about Cain’s girlfriend, slut-shaming her. I hate it whenever a woman says bad things about her bestfriend’s girlfriend just so she could feel better about herself. I wouldn’t say anything if Brooke were really better than Barbie, but seriously, the whole time she complains, she’s actually doing the same what Barbie’s doing. She says Barbie is clingy, I say Brooke is even more clingy. Ugh, I could go on about Brooke’s jealous lamentations, but I’d rather not stress myself.

Cain, on the other hand, is adorably cute. I don’t know how he deals with Brooke and her grievances. When things got awkward between them, Cain has been patient and understanding, which is saying a lot, in my book.

However, two things that I loved in the story: the Harry Potter movie marathon, and the other bestfriend, Carly. She’s a hoot! Definitely someone worth keeping by your side.  I’m glad she’s having her own story and I think I’d love it more. I still like Emma Hart’s writing, she knows how to capture a reader’s attention.

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