Monday, August 28, 2017


You know what's fun? Winning books! I won a copy of this in a Facebook group I'm in a few weeks ago, but even cooler is it came signed. Who doesn't love that? Non-book nerds, that's who.

Awkward, 21-year-old Greta Donovan, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor, doesn’t relate to people nearly as well as she relates to facts and figures. While Greta gets quarks and string theory, she hasn’t a clue where men are concerned. 

Which is exactly why she doesn’t see it coming when someone tries to kill her. 

Newly transplanted in L.A. after being kicked out of her father's house, Greta moves in with her best friend Daphne Saito, a troubled girl with an abusive past. The charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, apply lip gloss, and navigate 1990s Hollywood nightlife. Daphne is determined to succeed, and she drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her. 

When Greta walks out on her, Daphne tries to win her back. But Daphne’s desperate tactics just push Greta further away. Reeling, Daphne betrays her friend. Can Greta survive? Can she forgive? 

For the first in... forever perhaps, this is one time where I am not going to rush to buy the sequel. In fact, I will likely not remember this book in a month or so. (Which, admittedly isn't much courtesy of short term memory loss) I saw this advertised in this Facebook group I'm in and I loved the cover. Loved it. I didn't actually read the description, I went for it solely for the cover. The problem here is that the cover is really deceiving and this is maybe the first time my "judge a book by the cover" tactic failed me.

I'll just tell you my number one complaint were the characters- both Greta and Daphne. We have Greta, who is described as socially awkward but I honestly think she has some kind of disability, perhaps a form of Asperger's? I'm not sure but I had a hard time liking her character because she was too aloof, too socially awkward, to the point of being absolutely clueless. Then we have Daphne who is an absolutely terrible friend and is so possessive of Greta's friendship and companionship she's willing to do terrible things in order to be the center of Greta's world. It's so terrible and awful and if you had a friend like that in real life you'd dump their ass immediately and change your damn phone number.

Even more frustrating was Greta's treatment of her mother, who is dying of cancer. She doesn't get along with her father who has done everything short of moving the mistress in, so she decides one day that this is it, she's never coming back. She lets her mother die without her by her side, doesn't even go to the funeral, and she went her whole life believing something about her father and mother and it turns out, it's not even true. So instead of being a mature adult and apologize for being a terrible daughter, that part of the story kind of ends and we focus more on Greta and Daphne.

Which, hot mess city. Truly. I have to say, that though these two were train wrecks for characters, I really liked some of the secondary characters, namely Sandy and Timmy. Sandy is an experienced actor who befriends Greta and ends up saving the day. Kind of. Then we have Timmy, Greta's boyfriend, and he's written almost as if we're supposed to be on the fence about him, but he's the most normal and level headed one of the group. You can tell he really cares about Greta even if she's fully stupid and clueless.

Honestly, I can only give this one 2/5 stars, and one of those stars is simply because I finished it and I wanted to know why the books starts off with Greta in the hospital. It took almost the entire book to get there but we did and... it was kind of anti-climatic. I expected more with that kind of build up, which is why I'm only giving this one 2 stars.

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