What caught my eye about this book wasn’t the cover or the blurb on the back, it was the fact that it said, “By the author of Geek Charming.” That sparked a memory and then I remembered that I had seen the Disney Channel movie of that book. The movie was very cute and fun so I figured this book would be too. I read the back of the book, checked the price and decided to buy it. It was a quick read, and proved to be entertaining.
Gilmore Girls meets Postcards from the Edge crossed with L.A. Candy!
Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Jacobs never asked to be famous, but as the daughter of Janie Jacobs, one of the biggest TV stars in the world, she is. Growing up is hard enough. Having to do it in public because your mother is a famous actress? Even harder. When your mom crashes and burns after her DUI mug shot is splashed across the internet? Definitely not fun. Then your mom falls for a guy so much younger than she that it would be more appropriate for you to be dating him? That’s just a train wreck waiting to happen.
From Robin Palmer, author of Geek Charming and Wicked Jealous, this is a novel about the most complicated relationship a girl ever has: that with her mother.
Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Jackson’s mother is Janie Jackson — the famous sitcom actress who left her show to pursue a movie career. Unfortunately, it was a bad move and her career has tanked. The worst things get for Janie’s career, the worst they get for Annabelle. She’s left to deal with her mother’s increasing problems with alcohol and prescription meds. This leaves Annabelle as the one who has to be the “adult” in the family. She has to take care of her mother, protect her, and cover up for her.
All of this comes crashing in, when Janie is arrested for DUI and it’s splattered all over the news. This is the “rock bottom” experience for Janie that causes her to go to rehab and come out of it really wanting to change her life. However, they then find out that their financial advisor has embezzled their money and they are left bankrupt. As a result, they now have to move out of their mansion into and into an apartment. So now Annabelle not only has to deal with this big change in her life, but she also to come to terms with her mother actually behaving like a “real” mother. She has conflicted feelings about all of this and it causes some tension between them. It’s hard for Annabelle to trust that her mother is serious about changing this time.
While there are other characters we meet along the way, they never really flesh out as well as they could have. Happily, there is romance (for both mother and daughter), which helps the plot turn from recovery to romance. There is also a little glimpse into the world of “Hollywood.” Despite the fact that we know that there will be a predictable “happily ever after” ending, it was still fun to read.