Friday, August 4, 2017

Girl About Town by Adam Shankman and Laura L Sullivan


Published: May 2016
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 321
Copy Provided by: Riveted
Summary: Goodreads

Summary: 

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?
 

Review:

I am part of Riveted, a Simon & Schuster website that allows you to read full or partial titles young adult titles from the publisher.  You usually only have about a week to access a few books but it gives you a good idea about what is upcoming or what you may have missed in the past.  The selection varies from fantasy to contemporary and it is a good chance to sample some new authors.  You can find your way to it here. A word of warning though...extended excerpts are dangerous.  Once you start reading, you may get hooked and end up buying heaps of books later on... :)

This title was a departure from what I normally read and a nice refreshing escape.  The reader is thrust back in time to the early 30s when the Depression is well underway. Many people are struggling to make a living.  Unemployment is rampant and much of America is starving.  Two people from opposite incomes experience huge life changes and somehow end up coming together.  

I enjoyed this read and I'm glad that it is only a stand-alone and not a series.  It had a rather dramatic flare and if you enjoy old movies (think Humphrey Bogart) then I think this would be a good book for you.  It was not filled with high action but the story was interesting and entertaining.  A nice change of pace from the titles I am normally drawn to.

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