Saturday, February 2, 2013
ARC Review: Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald
Hallie and Grace Weston have never exactly seen life eye to eye. So when their father dies and leaves everything to his new wife, forcing the girls to pack up and leave San Francisco for a relative’s house in shiny Beverly Hills, the two sisters take to their changing lot in typically different styles. Shy, responsible Grace manages to make friends with an upbeat, enterprising girl named Palmer but still yearns for her old life — and the maybe-almost-crush she left behind. Meanwhile, drama queen Hallie is throwing herself headlong into life — and love — in L.A., spending every second with gorgeous musician Dakota and warding off the attention of brooding vet Brandon. But is Hallie blinded by the stars in her eyes? And is Grace doomed to forever hug the sidelines?
I’m not sure what to say about Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. The plot was interesting but it didn’t hold my interest enough to read it in one sitting. In fact, it took me about four days to read through the book. It was just your typical Chick Lit novel. Grace falls in love with Theo, but doesn’t get a chance to express her love before she has to move. Her sister, Hallie, falls in love with Dakota, who is in a band called Take Fountain. Dakota has to move to New York to sign a recording contract. He forgets all about Hallie. Drama ensues for both of the sisters. The characters were entertaining, especially Hallie. You would think her drama queen hissy fits would get annoying, but they were actually funny. Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood is supposed to be a modern day take on Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, which I have never read. Based on this book, I might pick it up on a rainy day when I get bored.
I give Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood: 3/5.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.