Book Review: What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan by Jill Knapp

Reviewer: Samantha

jill knappI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings desperately wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan? Life in the new city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through love then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the complex world of men.

“I just want you to be happy” is one of Amalia’s least favorite phrases in the English language. She thought she had everything she needed to be so-called “happy” – a gorgeous apartment in Manhattan, a top-notch education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she believes is her soul-mate, but it isn’t enough. The cold, lonely city causes Amalia and her girlfriends to seek refuge in the opposite sex. Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael, an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty.

After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia embarks on a journey to find her strength, which leads her to detox from all things men. She quickly realizes that solely chasing love closes her off to all of the other good things life has to offer. Now she must decide – what is worth the chase?


I’m a little on the fence with this book. While I enjoyed the story and could connect with Amalia, I closed the book thinking, “that’s it?” I didn’t really feel anything as the story ended – happiness, anger, frustration, peace. I almost felt confused by where the storyline led in the end. I think when I read the title and synopsis, I had different ideas for where the book would take me. I mostly just felt that Amalia let herself get jerked around by men, and she did all of the chasing. I was hoping to get a stronger heroine, one that said, “Yes, men, chase me because I deserve it.” I almost think that if I didn’t have those thoughts, I would have enjoyed the book more. It was still good – interesting, a good setting, though a bit quick – but I got the feeling that so much more could have been done.

3 stars

Previously published under Chase

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