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Author: Naomi Laeuchli
Length: 304 pages
Publication Date: Friday, 31 January 2014
Buy This Book: Amazon
In the first book of the Holly(Woods) series, Holly has moved to Los Angeles in hopes of pursuing a film career. When she’s cast in a small role on a popular TV show things start to look up, but she soon learns the world of Hollywood is a difficult one to navigate and not everyone can be trusted.
With the help of Evelyn Martin, a faded starlet, and Peter Glades, a man with a past he’s desperate to keep hidden, Holly tries to learn the ropes and deal with the politics of fame that follows her budding relationship with Hollywood heartthrob Alan Ryder.
But just as Holly starts to find her footing, a dark secret from the past threatens to destroy everything she has worked for.
|“What was he doing here? And why was he sleeping on her couch? She considered for a moment what to do, and then, picking up a pillow from one of the chairs, threw it. It hit the man squarely in the face. He jerked up and looked around blurrily. He caught sight of Nikki and focused. Then he glanced down at the pillow. ‘You throw things a lot, don’t you?’ he asked and then yawned.”|
Though Hollywood fiction isn’t a genre I venture into much, I agreed to review Holly(Woods) with the purpose of broadening my horizons and trying something new. As I began reading the first couple of chapters, I wasn’t sure whether or not I had made the right decision. I wasn’t too fond of Laeuchli’s writing style and couldn’t empathize with the novel’s protagonist, Holly Woods. Thankfully for both the author and myself, as the story progressed, the storyline became more interesting, and my gratification escalated.
This book is separated into two story lines. The main story centers around aspiring actress Holly Woods who is not only conflicted in the reality behind her career but also in her relationships. Though it may at first be difficult to relate to Holly as a person, she becomes much more likable the further the story continues.
The other plot, seemingly more of a side story to the first, focuses on the social concept of a teen star overwhelmed by the weight of publicity and alleviating that pressure through drinking, sex, partying, drugs, etc. What’s intriguing about Nikki’s story is exactly who it is that forces into her life as a confidant in redeeming her reputation. It was very unpredicted and entertaining, and I loved it. In fact, I kind of wish there was a whole book devoted to Nikki and her struggle as I found myself looking more forward to her story than Holly’s.
Despite the fact that Nikki’s story comes to a pleasant close, Holly’s leaves us dealing with a pretty massive cliffhanger. As much as I dislike cliffhangers, I must concede that Laeuchli did a genius job in guaranteeing I read her second book. I just have to know what happens next!
My rating: ★★★ (3/5)
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That cliffhanger! I mean, seriously!
|“‘Excuse me,’ she laid a hand on a passing bystander, ‘won’t you bring me a drink? I think I see gin and tonic over there. Thank you.’ ‘I don’t think that was a waiter,’ said Holly as the person walked off. Evelyn shrugged, ‘I don’t think so, either, but he’ll bring me a drink.'”|
About the Author:
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Naomi Laeuchli has lived overseas in nine different countries on three different continents where her family was posted with the American Foreign Service. In November 2012 she moved from the Democratic Republic of the Congo back to the states and currently lives in Arizona with her family and three horses. She enjoys board games, video games, comics, reading, riding, and film.