Shankman, Adam and Sullivan, Laura Girl about Town 336 pgs. Atheneum (Simon & Schuster), 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG
Set in the 1920’s (I think or 1930’s) Lucille
O’Malley was a poor New York City resident just scraping to help her family to
get by. But due to a regrettable event, she moves to Hollywood and
becomes an actress. In another part of New York City, a young billionaire Freddie
van der Waals finds out the family fortune was based on lies and worse. So he
takes off on his own, eventually making his way to Hollywood. The two lives
collide and end up on the hunt for a murderer. But both of them are in danger
in their own separate ways, and its looking grim on every front.
This was a fun fast paced novel with a taste of Hollywood glamour,
a few mysteries and some romance. Its got that cheesy over the top feeling that
old Hollywood movies have, which I found trying at times. There is quite a bit
of sexual innuendo and one part I totally objected to (where a gigolo described
the hips of his extremely elderly patron…). I also didn’t care for the ending,
it has this power of woman vs man thing which kind of ruined the whole romance.
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Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.