Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Saturday where I shine the light on an Australian book I think is worth the read. Today I am shining the spotlight on ‘Unlucky Break’ by Kate Forster. And this is the second book I have read for my Australian women writers challenge.
Andie Powers has a one-way ticket to LA – the glamorous world of Hollywood, movie stars, palm trees and endless summer.
She’s desperate for a break after her mother’s battle with cancer and her boyfriend’s pathetic betrayal. Staying with her celebrity aunt Cece in Hollywood seems like the perfect solution. Besides, Cece won’t take no for an answer. Suddenly Andie has everything she could possibly need to be happy – a dream mansion, a new best friend, unlimited credit cards and a brand-new BMW.
But she can’t shake the feeling that this place is fake. It’s only after a chance encounter with bad-boy movie star James Hawthorn that she discovers something real.
She knows he couldn’t possibly feel the same way about her. But when everything around you is one big act, it’s hard not to get caught up in the story…
I am smitten with this Smitten book and can’t wait to read more from the new YA contemporary romance line from Hardie Grant Egmont Australia.
This book was absolutely compulsive and once I started reading I couldn’t stop and devoured it one sitting.
Andie is 18 and is leaving Australia after her mum has died. She flies to Hollywood to live with her famous Aunt Cece. She is feeling lost and alone and has no idea what her future holds. Jess lives next door to Cece and introduces herself to Andie, desperate to make a friend that is real in a fake world. She was a child star and is just as uncertain about her future as Andie. They are just what the other needs and together they help each other to grow and change. Jess is determined to give Andie a make over while Andie is determined to give Jess a making down (If that’s what you’d call it?)
Andie’s life is thrown even more off course with the fateful meeting of Hollywood hottie James Hawthorn. He is handsome and smart and nothing like Andie thought he would be. I loved the chemistry between them. Andie is the most real person James has met, someone he can actually talk to. But Andie has a secret she is keeping from James, and James has a crazy ex-Hollywood-girlfriend who is determined to win back her man.
This was a light, sweet, romantic contemporary balanced with layers of depth. It has unexpected twist and turns that hook you in don’t let you go until the end. It had the feel good ending you would expect from a romance, leaving you content and with a smile on your face. I would recommend it for older teens and up because there was occasional swearing and sexual references. If you like your contemporary YA light and romantic than this one is for you.
4 out of five stars.
You can add it to your Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16321964-unlucky-break