Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Espressologist Review

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release date: October 27, 2009
Source: Publisher

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?


The Espressologist was adorable. It was such a sweet, fall read. I really needed a light read after some of the darker books I’ve been reading lately. I loved everything about this book- from the cover, to the plot, to the main character. Jane Turner was a great main character. Anyone could relate to her and she just fit the role so well. Kristina Springer’s writing style really draws the reader in, and The Espressologist is short (under 200 pages) that you’ll want to finish it in one sitting. The best thing about this book was the unique plot. Espressology is really cool, and I love the matchmaking idea. There were twists in the plot, but everything worked out in the end. I’m not a big coffee drinker so it was cool to read about the different ones people drink. Working at Wired Joe’s sounded so fun, I want to be a barista at a coffee shop now!

The quote on the cover, “Get a little love with your latte” was perfect for the book. It was romantic and funny and I really enjoyed reading it. The other characters were great too, although the book mainly focused on Jane and I think some of the characters didn’t need to be there. I’ve been reading a lot of debut novels lately, and I just keeping getting more and more impressed. I’m so glad I’ve found so many great books to read lately. One of the best things about The Espressologist is that it took a unique idea and made it into something I want to read about again. I’m definitely looking forward to more books by Kristina Springer.

If you haven’t seen the cover until know I bet you agree with me that it’s so cute. I love the heart in the coffee and all the colors just flow together so well. It will definitely draw in a lot of new readers its so eye catching. If you haven’t already I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Espressologist today (it's release date!)

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. Nice review!! I really want to read that book!

  2. I'm looking forward to this one. Nice to have a shorter book for a change too.

  3. Great review :)

    And I agree, the cover is so cute!

  4. This book sounds so cute! Thanks for the review :)

  5. Nice review! I can't wait for this one (I'm supposed to get sometime soon!)

  6. i like the premise of the book. and hey, i didn't notice the heart before. cute.


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