Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.
Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi’s completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.
But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?
Description taken from Goodreads.
This book started off promising enough.
Kickboxing and Hollywood. I thought I could do that. When I opened up this story, I was expecting a lot more. My initial expectations was that there would be this girl who stutters and kick boxes and doesn’t feel comfortable outside a gym, and the author would take her and let her make a lot of mistakes. Then at the end she would get the guy and be a better person. That was all I was asking for.
But I didn’t expect for Abi to be the one that really brought this whole story down.
The story comes along well enough. The overall plot is fine, the pacing is persistent, the supporting characters are a little boring, but are fine. Abi–how she handled things, how she reacted, what she learns, all of these things have the power to change everything about a book. That’s what it means to be a main character. Abi did absolutely everything in her power to change what might’ve been a 3 star read into a 1 star book.
The worst thing about her is how much she whines. She’s in a constant state of complaining all the time. The world is not against her, but that’s how she sees things. She thinks it’s perfectly fine to unknowingly let a guy cheat on his girlfriend because she doesn’t like his girlfriend.
I talked about cheaters and cheating in books in my review of Life by Committee.
As if that’s not enough to make me mad at Abi, she never thinks positively about her situation. She’s constantly the victim. And after leading on a guy for the majority of this book, she goes after another guy and gets mad at him for all the girls he’s had when she was out dating someone with a girlfriend that is not her.
I expected a lot from this book. The first half was pretty promising, but this was a huge let down. If you’re looking for a Hollywood story, I would definitely recommend the SECRETS OF MY HOLLYWOOD LIFE series by Jen Calonita. 1.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 320