Thursday, November 17, 2011
Review: "Beneath a Starlet Sky" By Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
When Lola's company's wedding dresses are chosen to feature in the biggest film of the Cannes Film Festival, she finds herself organizing a couture fashion show on a yacht in the middle of the ocean in the hopes of launching the line into the big time. Will she survive Cannes? And will she be able to escape the craziness of her life long enough to figure out what's real and what's Hollywood make-believe?
Beneath a Scarlet Sky was enjoyable enough. The writing was good and the transitions seamless. However I feel that ultimately this novel is one that I will read and promptly forget. I had a hard time connecting with Lola and all of the craziness invading her life and I think that this could be part of the problem for me. The books that work the best for me are the ones in which I can connect with and root for the main character in some way. Lola was nice enough, but while I was rooting for her to find a happy ending I just found her circumstances far too different from mine for me to forge any kind of a connection with her.
It is entirely possible that others who read this book will form a very different opinion from mine. Overall this book had a fun vibe to it, and reading it is similar to reading an entertaining gossip magazine. I can recommend it to chick lit fans who enjoy good celebrity gossip from time to time (and don't we all?), however in the end this one just didn't work for me on a personal level. I thank the publicist for this review copy.