Josie takes the plunge and moves to California.
Then comes Carter. Sweet, doting - and, oh my god! - former boy band heartthrob, Carter. Josie’s new life falls into place, with new friends and a job working as the personal assistant for Carter as he plans the re-launch of his career. When it seems like there might be something between Josie and her new boss, she can’t help but hold back in fear of crossing a line and, worse yet, getting her heart crushed. Once again.
What spirals into a complicated, heart wrenching, unexpected love triangle forces Josie to face a decision that she is not sure she can make. Carter or Isaac. Or - who knows?
It’s Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones Diary under the Hollywood sign. A masterful debut novel of love, sex and rock & roll in the New Adult genre.
Let's Try this Again, the first novel by Jordyn Woodtke is aimed at a very specific audience - young, single adults living a night life full of clubbing, drinking, dancing and partying. The description Sex in the CIty meets Bridget Jones is bang on. Alcohol required.
Josie moves through life supported by her two unique BFF's Molly and Ellie. She has a former lover - Isaac - that keeps bouncing in and out of her life. The hook he has planted is hard to pull out. Every time she finally begins to move on, he circles back into her life and her bed again - only to waltz out when things start to get serious. Until the next time.
Alcohol fueled nights out, random sexual encounters and her girl squad just can't seem to burn this man out of her system, so Josie makes the brave move to LA where she lands a amazing job as an assistant to a celebrity working on his musical comeback. The distance from her former life helps ease the pain of the lost relationship and introduces her to a hidden talent - opening up whole new career (and relationship) possibilities. But it hasn't changed the pattern of her life. Alcohol and bad choices still rear their ugly head. She has decisions to make on love and life that need her to look at things from a fresh perspective. Will she make the right choices?
I have to admit I didn't find Josie's struggles funny. They hit me as sad. BUT this is because I am well outside the New Young Adult target marget. I think it will find a very positive reception within this younger audience. If this is your scene, then this book is a must read. The author's strong screenwriter skills are also very evident, meaning the book could easily find it's way's adapted to the big screen - another addition to the sex, rock &roll, New Adult Genre.
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A graduate of NYU, she majored in screenwriting with a minor in bottomless brunching, skills she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a writer. Jordyn started writing poetry and plays in high school, garnering prestigious awards and accolades from the Hartford Stage, Drexel University, the Waterbury Young Playwrights Festival and the national Scholastic Art & Writing awards, among others.
Now, on any given afternoon you are likely to find Jordyn petting random dogs on her street, noshing at any of the numerous brunch spots in LA, or bingeing Netflix on her couch. She's grateful and dedicated to the art of storytelling because it lets her say all the things she wished she'd said when she had the chance.
And if Let’s Try This Again is any indicator of future success, Jordyn will get to keep saying them for a long, long time.
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