Thursday, May 12, 2016

Girl about Town by Adam Shankman and Laura Sullivan -OPTIONAL

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.
HS - OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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