Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Girl About Town by Adam Shankman and Laura L. Sullivan | Book Review

Reading Group: 14-years-old+

Synopses: Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence.

Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home.

When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?

Cover: The cover is what drew me to this book, simply because I thought it was pretty.  I like that it's out of focus and has an 'everything is not as it seems' type vibe that the book actually ended up being all about.

My Review: I was expecting more from this book than what I got from it.  It seemed like there were so many different things happing, but at the same time not enough.  Freddie gets arrested at one point and goes to jail, but by the next page he's out and I was so thrown off.  How did he get out?  Why did he get let out?  How long was he in there?  And when his dad finds him you never learn how he found him.  Surely someone recognized him and reported back to his dad, but who?  And when it came to the whole Ruby putting the bullets in the gun it was explained why, but when did she get the opportunity to put the bullets in when so many people were around and Freddie looked in the gun right beforehand.  Also, when it comes to Sal at the end of the story just letting Lulu be happy with Freddie did not seem realistic at all.  Why would he just let her go with hopes that she would come back to him?  She still knows that he murdered someone and he would want to keep tabs on her to make sure she didn't tell anyone.
Also, I know this book takes place in the 1930's, but the language seemed so stereotypical.  Did people actually talk like that?  And will people say the same thing about our books 80 years from now?  To me, it just seemed very obvious that although the book takes place in the 1930's, it was written in 2017 by someone going off of stereotypes.
This book sounded really cool with blackmail and debts and murder and lies, but it didn't deliver for me.  Even when the truth was revealed it didn't feel like a giant "NO WAY" moment for me, but more of a relief that the book was wrapping itself up.  It definitely wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but it left me with more questions than answers.  And maybe I'm just too old to be reading it.  I wonder what 14-year-old Juliann would think of it.

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