Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style.
The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.
Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined.
Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.
But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky… – Goodreads
What happens when your mom forces you to leave that small town that you know and love because your father did something horrible? Now don’t ask what that thing is because as a reader, it takes quite sometime to find out, but that’s what happens to Annie. Annie’s mom decides to leave small town Georgia after her father fucks up and goes out to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles of course changes Annie’s life. While her mom does make up to the stars, this creates a jetset life and the next thing Annie knows she is in New York City with the hottest teen star of the present day. Who accidentaly caught her in his bed. Not at all awkward, right?
While this was a quick, cute, read, things fell into place almost too easy and I got slightly annoyed at how young and naive our main character, Annie was. She really didn’t think about anything, particularrly on a large scale and often made poor life choices. But I could forgive those as someone from a small town and being a teenager. Plus, it worked as a plot device. I got it.
I didn’t expect to like Graham as much as I did, but I still thought him and Annie fell in love too quickly to be realistic and not instalove. While I believe this story had a lot of promise of a good story, it ultimately fell flat.