Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The lovely Angela at Engelman & Co. offered me a review copy of this new title from the duo best known for writing The Nanny Diaries - of course I said yes!
I have conflicted feelings about this novel, because I really wanted to like it.
The plot sounded really promising....and ripped from the pages of US Weekly. Kelsey Wade is an uber-successful pop singer, living with Mum and Dad (who act as managers) in LA, dealing with fame, men, money and all the trappings of fame. Meanwhile, her cousin Logan is in New York trying to build a life for herself when a chance encounter puts her back into Kelsey's orbit, where she rapidly becomes Kelsey's assistant and go-to girl.
From there, it devolves into the familiar Nanny-Diaries-Devil-Wears-Prada territory of fame and assistants, but it's still imminently readable - like a car wreck you can't look away from!
My biggest quibble with this book, though, is the writing. When I'm reading, I'm a pretty active and engaged reader, paying attention and following along. And yet...the last few novels by this duo make me feel like there are entire paragraphs - or pages - that I've missed. Time jumps, conversations jump, phrases jump, and it makes me feel like I, the reader, have missed something. It's very disjointed and jumpy, and as a result, I don't find myself enjoying it, but instead am frustrated by it.
(Sorry. That was a lot of jumping.)
And, it must be said, this storyline feels a bit recycled and the characters didn't really *grab* me - Logan felt very one-dimensional, and I just didn't believe the connection between her and Kelsey.
(Also, the Kelsey - Britney Spears comparison was just too easy....)
Now, having said that, I'm glad I read this latest novel, and based on the press and reviews it's already receiving, I think it's going to be a popular "beach read" this year! So...don't let me sell you one way or another - judge for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments!
Also, here's a book trailer (a great one!) for the novel...
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