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There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man y There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble. Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …


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There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man y There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble. Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …

30 review for Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is such a fun read! Bonnie is obsessed with meeting (and dating) teen idol/singing sensation Holden Finn, and her plans to do so had me giggling constantly from the off. Her relationship with her teenage daughter also leads to numerous laugh-out-loud one liners, especially concerning other family members. The writing is also excellent and so easy to read - the book flows beautifully and will not let you go once it has its claws in to you. I think it should also be Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is such a fun read! Bonnie is obsessed with meeting (and dating) teen idol/singing sensation Holden Finn, and her plans to do so had me giggling constantly from the off. Her relationship with her teenage daughter also leads to numerous laugh-out-loud one liners, especially concerning other family members. The writing is also excellent and so easy to read - the book flows beautifully and will not let you go once it has its claws in to you. I think it should also be noted that the story asks quite an interesting thematic question: do our celebrity crushes distract from how we experience or imagine real life relationships? Of course, the real spotlight will always be on the romance and comedy, and, in that sense as well, this book absolutely delivers!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda Dobinson

    Tilly Tennant is a new author to me and I like this book enough to want to read more of her work. Tennant has an easy writing style and she is an excellent storyteller. Family dynamics are always interesting, and the more generations there are the more interesting it is. In this book there are three - Bonnie, her daughter, and her mother. I liked Bonnie, she's an ordinary woman struggling to be a good single parent to her somewhat bratty teenage daughter, and a good daughter to her slightly ecce Tilly Tennant is a new author to me and I like this book enough to want to read more of her work. Tennant has an easy writing style and she is an excellent storyteller. Family dynamics are always interesting, and the more generations there are the more interesting it is. In this book there are three - Bonnie, her daughter, and her mother. I liked Bonnie, she's an ordinary woman struggling to be a good single parent to her somewhat bratty teenage daughter, and a good daughter to her slightly eccentric widowed mother. I felt the depiction of these relationships rang true as I am sure many single parents give in to bratty teens because sometimes they simply don't have the energy for a fight; and when parents get old, their children worry about them - role reversal. I liked the characters as they all brought something to the story. I particularly like Linda, and the fact that their friendship extends beyond the workplace. She is a surrogate mum to Bonnie, and gives her much-needed advice. Bonnie's celeb crush is really funny, and it is what makes this story different. It is something many readers can relate to - I have my own celeb crush ( hello Tom Hiddleston, I am here when you want me). I know some reviews have found it unreal but I don't see why a pop-star can't have a crush - they are human after all. I recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty & Erin Muir

    Firstly thank you to lovely author Tilly Tennant for sending me a copy of this great story to review. Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is the story of 35 year old Bonnie and her almost obsessive crush on boyband sensation Holden Finn, of “Every Which Way”. The story follows Bonnie as she resists delivery man Max’s advances, deals with the idea of her celebrity crush inverting and the endless waiting for the reappearance of a suave Frenchman a.k.a. the father of Bonnie’s daughter Paige. Bonnie is Firstly thank you to lovely author Tilly Tennant for sending me a copy of this great story to review. Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is the story of 35 year old Bonnie and her almost obsessive crush on boyband sensation Holden Finn, of “Every Which Way”. The story follows Bonnie as she resists delivery man Max’s advances, deals with the idea of her celebrity crush inverting and the endless waiting for the reappearance of a suave Frenchman a.k.a. the father of Bonnie’s daughter Paige. Bonnie is the main character and the whole story is from her POV. This really suited the book because if there has ever been a character who needs the readers on her side, it’s Bonnie. She’s had a bit of a crap couple of years after being walked out on by Henri. I really liked Bonnie; she is sweet and endearing, and really caring. She’s always trying to do her best by Paige with what little money she has after bills are paid. I loved her crush on Holden. It made Bonnie very real to me and so you will find it easy to relate to her. Whether we admit it or not, we all have a celebrity crush! I loved that she wrote and re-wrote letters she never sent to Holden because it was like you were let in on a little secret part of her that no-one else knew about. I admired Bonnie for how she brought up her daughter and was effectively putting her own life on hold to make sure Paige was happy. The other characters complimented Bonnie’s down to earth personality. My favourite was probably Max, he was persistent in his pursuit for Bonnie and he really showed how much he cared for her. He also seemed to reaffirm her self-worth for her after Paige’s father walked out on her. I thought the story was beautifully written; it was charming and always held my interest meaning I was turning pages late into the night. I am eager to see what Tilly will have for us next.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maryline M's Bookshelf

    This review was first published at M's Bookshelf - http://mssbookshelf.blogspot.be Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was probably one of the most anticipated novels of January '14... and rightly so. I absolutely loved it. Bonnie is a fresh, down to earth main character. A single mum holding on to a teenage crush trying to keep the peace with her - actual - teenage daughter and resisting a second chance at love. Bonnie is not in a happy place. She has an annoying boss and a not so glamorous job, a This review was first published at M's Bookshelf - http://mssbookshelf.blogspot.be Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was probably one of the most anticipated novels of January '14... and rightly so. I absolutely loved it. Bonnie is a fresh, down to earth main character. A single mum holding on to a teenage crush trying to keep the peace with her - actual - teenage daughter and resisting a second chance at love. Bonnie is not in a happy place. She has an annoying boss and a not so glamorous job, a demanding teenage daughter who's father left them two years ago and bills to pay. She's been lonely and struggles to accept that she deserves a second chance at love, and to trust men again. Accept of course, Holden Finn. Hot, sexy, young, ... and most of all unreachable and perfect. Or is he? I loved how the scenario of meeting Holden Finn and the band was actually really plausible and I especially loved that real life didn't stop from happening because she met some "megastar". Bonnie is a very lovable character and you can't help hoping for a happy ending for her... and Paige; although there were times I wanted to shout at someone. New found respect for parents with teenage daughters - sorry mum and dad! The story has some unexpected twists, is funny, romantic,... you won't be able to put it down. Absolutely brilliant read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    The characters in this weren't awful, but there was a few times where they really annoyed me. This was an okay read, but it dragged a bit for me. It just felt really long, and at times, I thought it would never end. Overall, An okay read, but it was rather slow. The characters in this weren't awful, but there was a few times where they really annoyed me. This was an okay read, but it dragged a bit for me. It just felt really long, and at times, I thought it would never end. Overall, An okay read, but it was rather slow.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review* Such a quick and enjoyable read, I absolutely adored it!!! When I read it I didn't know yet, how the cover would look like and when I saw it I fell in love with it. So beautiful. The storyline for once is totally different from the ones I’m used from the chick-lit books. The fact that 35 year old Bonnie is a huge fan Holden Finn (23 years old, musician) and really fancies him, took me into the story completely. Bonnie has a 15 year old daugh *Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review* Such a quick and enjoyable read, I absolutely adored it!!! When I read it I didn't know yet, how the cover would look like and when I saw it I fell in love with it. So beautiful. The storyline for once is totally different from the ones I’m used from the chick-lit books. The fact that 35 year old Bonnie is a huge fan Holden Finn (23 years old, musician) and really fancies him, took me into the story completely. Bonnie has a 15 year old daughter, her name is Paige and she can be difficult sometimes, but I loved the relationship mother and daughter had in this book. Paige and her friend Annabell are huge fans of Holden’s band and when they win a competition to meet them, Bonnie can’t believe her luck. She gets to meet Holden Finn!!! The whole meeting and what follows doesn’t turn out as expected and Bonnie has a total different opinion of Holden now. Then there is Max, the gorgeous deliveryman who seems to be into her. And what about Paige’s dad? When Henri returns the real drama begins, what lots of ups and downs you can enjoy. There was never a dull moment in this book and some great surprises as well. I got a bit angry with Bonnie’s behaviour towards the end, with the decisions she was making, so that’s why I can only give 4 cups of coffee. All in all, the story was vivid and fascinating. It did seem a bit too unreal from time to time. Nevertheless, it’s a must read and I’m so glad a got the opportunity to read it. A funny, gripping and exciting novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I have been really excited about reading this book for a long time and after hearing so many positive reviews about it, I was so eager to start! Now, I am always honest when I review books and I have to say I was left feeling a little disappointed after reading this book. Bonnie is a thirty-something single mother with a fifteen year old daughter and has a rather unprecedented ‘mum’ crush on Holden Finn - singing sensation and twelve years her junior. When Bonnie finally gets the chance to meet I have been really excited about reading this book for a long time and after hearing so many positive reviews about it, I was so eager to start! Now, I am always honest when I review books and I have to say I was left feeling a little disappointed after reading this book. Bonnie is a thirty-something single mother with a fifteen year old daughter and has a rather unprecedented ‘mum’ crush on Holden Finn - singing sensation and twelve years her junior. When Bonnie finally gets the chance to meet Holden Finn, she can’t quite believe her luck but she quickly lands back in reality and has to face up to the demands of her fussy boss, her mum who is intent on moving abroad and her teenage daughter. I thought the premise sounded really brilliant and quite original too: I haven’t read a book about a normal person/celebrity romance for a while and especially not one where there is such a striking age gap. However I felt that this aspect of the novel was more a sub-plot than the main plot. I would have thought an eponymous character would have a greater presence in the book but it seemed the plot focused more on Bonnie’s dysfunctional family life and her budding romance with delivery driver Max. The whole plot felt a little unrealistic: I can’t imagine a mega superstar having such a strong attraction to a single mother who is much older than him. The characters were a confusing bunch. I found it hard to relate to Bonnie and she flittered between being headstrong and being walked all over constantly and it was hard to work out what she really was like as a character. Her daughter, Paige, was an awfully rude and disrespectful character: the things she got away with saying and doing to her mother and grandmother were atrocious in some cases! I would never ever talk to my family in that way. Linda, Bonnie’s friend and colleague, was again a little of an enigma, at times I liked her but other times I felt a little uneasy about her. Max was the saving grace of this book: he restored in my faith in nice characters! He was very considerate and put up with a lot from Bonnie and I really enjoyed reading about him. Tilly’s writing is consistent throughout and she writes well for the genre. There were a few tiny places where I had to stop and re-read parts as they didn’t make sense. A sentence about Bonnie having an eighty year age gap with her mother was very strange and I had to read it about twenty times to make sure I was reading it right! There was also a strange flow to the book –there were a lot of asterisks breaking up the text and I have to say that there were many points that they weren’t needed: it was clear enough from what was being said that we were in a new environment or time had skipped ahead. It interrupted the flow a little. However, I cannot say that this book is not worth reading. If this book had a slightly different blurb then it would perhaps have made me love it more. I think I was mainly disappointed because the promise of a great, laugh out loud, celebrity crush story wasn’t fulfilled. It was instead an in depth look at one woman’s love life where she was in a, well, a ‘love square’ and happened to bump into a famous celebrity who developed a strange and unrealistic crush on her. Furthermore, I am just one reader and, from looking at other reviews about this book it appears the majority have LOVED it so I think there was a lot of reader fault in not enjoying this book. Give it a go! You never know, you might fall in love with it. An interesting and comprehensive look at one woman’s love life and the tough decisions she has to make and the things she has to sacrifice to live the life she wants.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Briana Gaitan

    This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. After reading this summary, It looked so interesting. After reading the likes of celebrity type books such as Love Unrehearsed, I wanted to find out what this book was all about. HDTHF is a sweet novel about Bonnie, a thirty something year old single mother who has a crush on rock star Holden Finn. Feeling undeserving of love, Bonnie finds herself in a predicament. Holden Finn wants Bonnie. What’s even worse is she finds herself caught This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. After reading this summary, It looked so interesting. After reading the likes of celebrity type books such as Love Unrehearsed, I wanted to find out what this book was all about. HDTHF is a sweet novel about Bonnie, a thirty something year old single mother who has a crush on rock star Holden Finn. Feeling undeserving of love, Bonnie finds herself in a predicament. Holden Finn wants Bonnie. What’s even worse is she finds herself caught up between three different men! (No spoilers!) Writing Style: Tennant has a great writing style. The book is wonderfully edited, and consistent. The wit of the characters were hilarious. Character Development: Bonnie’s development in the book shows a lot. The rest of the characters, I didn’t feel I knew in the end. What was Holden’s driving force with Bonnie? I wish that Paige and Bonnie could have bonded more, maybe over her father or even Holden. Max was more of a side character than Bonnie’s good friend. I would have liked to see some more one on one time with them both to see sparks. Ease of Reading: This is more of a problem with me and will be different for each reader. I am not British; therefore I did not understand a lot of the slang in the book. There was a lot of slang in this book, and I have read many books set in the U.K. I did find myself distracted by this slang, not sure what it meant and confused. Storyline/ Subject matter: I was a little disappointed. The book was titled “Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn” though there really wasn’t much Holden in the book, and I wouldn’t really say he is in the book very much at all. It consists of them meeting, him hitting on her, asking her out, then he calls her a few times. There isn’t much of a romance between them. The book is more about her learning to move on and date. Even though I say this, I want to compare it to something else. Ever picked up a glass expecting juice, only to realize you picked up your child’s cup and got a mouth full of milk? Well, If you haven’t. it sucks, to be expecting something, and get something else. I guess that’s how I felt with this book. From the summary, I expected a different type of book. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I hadn’t been expecting a romance between Holden and Bonnie. Still, this is a good read which I would recommend. I just want to clarify in case someone else picks up the book. I would recommend this book to all readers who want a light-hearted romantic read with slight humor. I give these book three stars. I liked it, minus a few disappointments.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    Title: Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn Author: Tilly Tennant Publisher: Createspace Publication Date: 30th January 2014 Blurb There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you Title: Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn Author: Tilly Tennant Publisher: Createspace Publication Date: 30th January 2014 Blurb There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble. Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for … Verdict Firstly I love the cover of this so much, It's beautiful and so very eye catching! I have huge thanks to Tilly herself for sending me a copy of this beautiful book & also to Sharon Goodwin for letting me part of Fiction Addiction Book Tours for this lovely book. This book is just damn right perfect and a great easy read. You are going to laugh so much and will get hooked ever so quickly. This is the first book I have read by Tilly and I hope to read many more by her too! I Loved Bonnie so much, reading about her having a crush on Holden Finn, a 23 year old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way was just so cute but also bit cringey too especially when Bonnie's daughter Paige loves that band so much, I was in giggles though with certain bits of the book! Paige is just your typical teenager either trying to get her own way or cringes at her mum's behaviour but you will love reading about Bonnie and her daughter Paige. Yes they don't have very much money but do many single parent families? Bonnie does the best she can and has some lovely friends/work colleagues! I just loved the crazy talks between Bonnie and her friend/work colleague Linda, It kind of reminded me of me and my best friend and how crazy we are together and are always plotting things, and that's how Linda comes across in this book especially when she is trying to set Bonnie and Max up hehe! I feel if you love chick-lit and easy reads then you are going to love this so much! Tilly Tennant has done a fabulous job of writing this book, you are going to fall in love with the book, maybe even with a few of the characters but you may also want to punch one of them in the face hehe! Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn deserves 5 star rating because you will want to curl up and read this great book in one sitting!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Holly Martin

    I loved this book. Tilly Tennant has an amazing gift of story telling and I’m sure we are going to see great things from her in the future. The story revolves around Bonnie Cartwright a single Mum with a huge crush on Holden Finn, the gorgeous, sexy lead singer of the latest boy band sensation, Every Which Way. We’ve all been there, setting our sights on beautiful movie or pop stars. We’ve imagined meeting them and them of course ditching their model girlfriends and immediately falling in love wi I loved this book. Tilly Tennant has an amazing gift of story telling and I’m sure we are going to see great things from her in the future. The story revolves around Bonnie Cartwright a single Mum with a huge crush on Holden Finn, the gorgeous, sexy lead singer of the latest boy band sensation, Every Which Way. We’ve all been there, setting our sights on beautiful movie or pop stars. We’ve imagined meeting them and them of course ditching their model girlfriends and immediately falling in love with us. Falling in love with some out of reach famous person is safe, they’re never going to hurt us, we’re never going to even meet them so we can raise them on the highest pedestal and they will never let us down. But what happens when that dream comes true, what happens when Bonnie not only meets Holden Finn but he falls in love with her? Bonnie is about to find out and it’s absolutely riveting stuff. But there are other complications along the way, Bonnie’s teenage daughter Paige who is depicted beautifully as the sulky teen with all the angst of growing up, having an embarrassing Mum and Gran, and trying to fit in. Bonnie’s mother, Jeanie, who seems to be hell bent on reliving her youth and two other sexy men fighting for Bonnie’s attentions, gorgeous Max and Bonnie’s beautiful ex-husband, Henri. Tilly’s characterization is completely flawless. These are real, solid, tangible people. They are based on people we all know very well and probably have in our own families. Tilly paints them so vividly they walk off the page. I loved Bonnie who would do anything for her daughter, I adored Max and loved Holden. I thought Jeanie’s no nonsense attitude was brilliant and Paige’s love for her Mum, even with the sulky teen angst shines through. I loved the sub characters of Linda, Stavros and even the delivery boy. These were real people, with real characteristics and real problems. The pace of the story is great, picking up the tension and anxiety of meeting her crush, to throwing in the spanner in the works at just the right moment too. The humour in this was great too. I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more from this very talented author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I would like to thank Tilly for sending me a copy of this book to review, I was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to read this book. Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is the story of Bonnie, a single mum to a teenage daughter Paige, who has a crush on Holden Finn – the lead singer of a band. Bonnie believes Holden to be the perfect man and all she could ever want in a man, her partner Henri walked out on her and Paige 2 years previously. Then Bonnie enters a competition for Paige to meet her I would like to thank Tilly for sending me a copy of this book to review, I was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to read this book. Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is the story of Bonnie, a single mum to a teenage daughter Paige, who has a crush on Holden Finn – the lead singer of a band. Bonnie believes Holden to be the perfect man and all she could ever want in a man, her partner Henri walked out on her and Paige 2 years previously. Then Bonnie enters a competition for Paige to meet her favourite band, finally allowing her the chance to meet Holden. While all this is going on Bonnie is fighting of the affections of Max, the delivery driver who would love them to be more than friends. And if things couldn’t be more complicated a surprise visitor turns up throwing a spanner in the works. Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn is a light hearted romance that has you hooked from page one with its light hearted comedy. The characters are easy to relate to and I found myself easily falling in love with them, especially Bonnie and Max. Each of the characters are so well written and formed that I felt as though I knew each of them in real life and I can easily picture them in my mind. I could not help but hope that they would realise they were good for each other through out and I was desperate for them to have the happy ending they both deserved. Throw into the mix Henri and Holden and you know your in for a brilliant read. Tilly really managed to weave magic with this book. I found that it flowed nicely and had a good pace with a brilliant structured plot that had some unexpected twists thrown in for good measure. It was a beautifully written, easy and enjoyable read that I just could not put down and I was desperately sad when I reached the end. This really is an enjoyable book and is a must read for anyone wanting a lighthearted romantic comedy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Readinginthesunshine

    I had heard A LOT of good things about Tilly Tennant’s book so I was excited to start it and among many things, discover who Holden Finn was! Bonnie is utterly and hopelessly in love with Holden Finn, which is totally fine – except for the teeny detail that Holden Finn isn’t just anyone, but instead he’s a twenty three year old pop megastar in a boyband called Every Which Way, and with LOTS of devoted fans all wanting to be the next Mrs Finn! So when daughter Paige wins a radio competition to mee I had heard A LOT of good things about Tilly Tennant’s book so I was excited to start it and among many things, discover who Holden Finn was! Bonnie is utterly and hopelessly in love with Holden Finn, which is totally fine – except for the teeny detail that Holden Finn isn’t just anyone, but instead he’s a twenty three year old pop megastar in a boyband called Every Which Way, and with LOTS of devoted fans all wanting to be the next Mrs Finn! So when daughter Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, Bonnie’s world starts to unravel… This is such a light hearted read and once that I’m sure readers will race through in no time. I loved the idea of a book with a crush on someone famous! It’s no secret that I have a HUGE crush on Benedict Cumberbatch and so in that way I could relate to Bonnie’s utter LOVE for Holden Finn. If I were Bonnie and had met my celebrity crush I’d have been fangirling too, in fact I’d have probably thrown myself at him in all my excitement! The characters were all very varied with different personalities, and some really stood out. My absolute favourite was Max, I really warmed to him and his kindness, and I really looked forward to his interactions with Bonnie. I quite liked that Bonnie wasn’t a perfect character, she had her ups and downs like all of us do, and many different aspects to her life, such as her job and looking after daughter Paige, so I was pleased to see that she had many layers to her. Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn is a fun story with a great mix of romance and comedy. I’m already looking forward to reading more from Tilly!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Review also posted on my blog http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014... Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was a wonderfully entertaining book which brought me so much more than what I was expecting. I loved the sound of this book – a celebrity crush is for me relatable and amusing, and I thought Tilly Tennant was sure to bring lots of humour into the story. Yet the book took a route which I wasn’t expecting and one which made this book provide so much more than just a quick laugh. I liked how Bonnie Review also posted on my blog http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014... Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was a wonderfully entertaining book which brought me so much more than what I was expecting. I loved the sound of this book – a celebrity crush is for me relatable and amusing, and I thought Tilly Tennant was sure to bring lots of humour into the story. Yet the book took a route which I wasn’t expecting and one which made this book provide so much more than just a quick laugh. I liked how Bonnie and Paige meeting Holden Finn and the rest of the band didn’t feel ridiculous and unrealistic, and the relationship between Bonnie and her daughter made for great reading. At times Paige was frustratingly stroppy but it was just a typical mother-daughter relationship and was endearing to read. The flow to this book was perfectly executed too, as well as the great characters. From Bonnie, Paige and Jeanie to Max, Linda and Holden, all generations and backgrounds were covered and each character was written with charm and strong personality. I was expecting to see more of Holden Finn in this book but still his character development, along with the others, did not disappoint. I would recommend Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn for anyone looking for a light-hearted, entertaining read. With lots of depth and little twists, this book captures your attention and draws you in to Bonnie’s world of crushes, humour, teenage angst and romance. It was a brilliant book. 5/5. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    When I read the first few pages of Devoted to Holden Finn, I thought that this book would “only” be about the obsessive admiration protagonist Bonnie has for Every Which Way boy band member Holden Finn. The first few chapters indeed nearly exclusively dealt with this topic, which I thought could get rather straining and boring for a whole book. But was I in for a treat! After Bonnie actually gets to meet Holden, the plot thickens and involves so many brilliant and unexpected elements. All of a su When I read the first few pages of Devoted to Holden Finn, I thought that this book would “only” be about the obsessive admiration protagonist Bonnie has for Every Which Way boy band member Holden Finn. The first few chapters indeed nearly exclusively dealt with this topic, which I thought could get rather straining and boring for a whole book. But was I in for a treat! After Bonnie actually gets to meet Holden, the plot thickens and involves so many brilliant and unexpected elements. All of a sudden, Bonnie attracts a few male admirers and needs to carefully weigh up her options of who could be the new father figure for her daughter. Could it be Holden, Max (who delivers fruit and vegetables to the store Bonnie works at) or someone completely unexpected? I knew who I was rooting for the whole time, but was I right…? :-) I loved the letters that Bonnie writes (but never sends) to Holden. These letters are hilarious and show something about her character that the reader otherwise would have not got to know about her. Tilly’s description of the mother-daughter relationship not only between Bonnie and her daughter Paige (who is also a huge fan of boy band Every Which Way) but also between Bonnie and her own mother was brilliantly and realistically described. Both relationships are/were not always easy but the warmth and caring nature of all three generations always shines through. Devoted to Holden Finn is captivating, sweet and immensely addictive. An excellent debut from Tilly Tennant and I cannot wait to read more of her writing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Victorialovesbooks

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    For the past two years, there’s just been 35 year old Bonnie and her teenage daughter, Paige living in their little flat since Paige’s Father, Henri decided he didn’t fancy sticking around. Despite the effort’s of her fellow shop worker and best friend, Linda to set her up with delivery man, Max, Bonnie has remained single, secretly lusting over Holden Finn. Holden Finn is the front man of international boy band, Every Which Way and the closest Bonnie has got to him is admiring the poster on Paig For the past two years, there’s just been 35 year old Bonnie and her teenage daughter, Paige living in their little flat since Paige’s Father, Henri decided he didn’t fancy sticking around. Despite the effort’s of her fellow shop worker and best friend, Linda to set her up with delivery man, Max, Bonnie has remained single, secretly lusting over Holden Finn. Holden Finn is the front man of international boy band, Every Which Way and the closest Bonnie has got to him is admiring the poster on Paige’s wall. She dreams about a relationship with him, preferring that he is unattainable and therefore unable to break her heart as Henri did. She writes him letters, but tosses them in the bin each day instead of sending them. Suddenly her dreams have the potential to become reality as Paige wins a competition for her and her friend to meet the band at a national radio station and Bonnie has to chaperone. When Holden Finn presents them with VIP Backstage passes for an upcoming concert, Bonnie can’t believe her luck and she’s even more taken aback when on the night of the gig, Holden makes a pass at her. Soon Bonnie has Holden’s undivided attention; secret dates, text messages and declarations of love. It’s everything she’s dreamed about but instead of finding herself falling head over heels, she can’t help but feel jealous about delivery man, Max’s budding relationship with the lovely Sarah. Linda hasn’t given up on matchmaking the pair and locks them in a fridge until they agree to go on date. Despite Paige’s dislike of Max and the more insistent text messages from Holden, Bonnie is enjoying spending time with Max and feels happier than she has for years. As we all know, the course of true love never runs smoothly and it’s only a matter of time before old ghosts reappear and threaten Bonnie’s new found happiness. Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn goes one step further than a love triangle and forms a Love Square between Bonnie, Henri, Holden and Max. There are surprises throughout, not only for Bonnie but for the reader and this makes for a thoroughly entertaining read. Each of Tennant’s characters are realistic – even Pop Star, Holden Finn. Bonnie is a great leading female; independent, caring and strong but also prone to bad decisions like any of us. Unlike some books that have teenagers as grunting, wordless creatures, Paige is smart and eloquent, whilst still holding the moody characteristics of any teenager you might meet. It is perfectly clear why Bonnie is attracted to each of the Men in her Love Square and you’ll be drawn into her dilemma as she has to choose between familiar, friend or famous. Bonnie’s Mum, Jeanie and best friend, Linda bring dollops of humour to this book and each brings their own love story into the fold. My Rating 5/5 ~ Realistic characters, lots of romance and heaps of laughs make this a great debut from Tilly Tennant. Despite the classic shape of love being the triangle, this book presents a Love Square and it works perfectly. If any one of Bonnie’s potential love interests was to be removed, it would have made for a far less entertaining read as they all bring essential elements to the story. I wouldn’t be surprised if square becomes the new triangle, and I can’t wait to see how Tennant mixes things up in her future releases.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jo Hughes

    I would like to thank author Tilly Tennant @tillytenwriterfor sending me a copy of this book and also Gosling Girls book tours @gggirlsbooktours for allowing me to be part of the their tour. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book and if I would enjoy it. I have got to say every review I have read has been totally correct. It really is a thoroughly enjoyable read. We meet Bonnie, 2 years after her partner just upped and left, understandably hurt at this, Bonnie is trying to make a go of her life I would like to thank author Tilly Tennant @tillytenwriterfor sending me a copy of this book and also Gosling Girls book tours @gggirlsbooktours for allowing me to be part of the their tour. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book and if I would enjoy it. I have got to say every review I have read has been totally correct. It really is a thoroughly enjoyable read. We meet Bonnie, 2 years after her partner just upped and left, understandably hurt at this, Bonnie is trying to make a go of her life for herself and her daughter Paige. Paige not making things easy as she is the typical 15 year old, devastated by her dad’s disappearance, she is also the same as any other teenager obsessed with the latest boy band Every Which Way and the gorgeous Holden Finn (haven’t well all been there, I’m still in love with John Taylor from Duran Duran after 25 years) she doesn’t know her mum Bonnie is also obsessed (I can see where that comes from don’t we all obsess over a pop star/movie star). When Paige talks Bonnie into entering a radio competition, Bonnie is as excited as she is to find out that they may meet Holden and the band. Tilly’s characters are great fun to read, Bonnie is like every female that has been hurt, so desperately trying to not get hurt again and frightened to move on. Paige is they typical teenager who thinks she is to blame for her dad Henri doing a disappearing act. I loved Bonnie’s mum Jeanie, a bit eccentric but she is prepared to make a move to Spain in search of happiness, sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and give something a go, even when your not sure it will all work out in the end. The main men in this book are great Max is totally lovely and in love with Bonnie, but she doesn’t see it until he gets a girlfriend and the green eyed monster appears. Even Holden Finn turns out to be a surprise, I totally wasn’t sure about him, but it turns out he really is a lovely bloke, just not used to anyone saying no to him. Henri is the typical selfish male but I won’t say too much about him. The true character of the book is Bonnie’s best friend Linda, she is a true friend and comes out with some cracking one liners that had me giggling away. I really would have given Bonnie the same advice as Linda did, but in the end it’s got to be that person’s decision to move on and some people move on faster than others. I sat there thinking Linda is right Bonnie, stop being a numpty and see that she is, this was great writing by Tilly. A totally enjoyable feel good, giggle fest book. Thanks for allowing me to read this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    So I jumped on board the Tilly Tennant Blog Tour Bus and got to read a pretty darn good book. And as its my job today to tell you WHY its pretty darn good, thats exactly what I'm gong to do.... Review: There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Pai So I jumped on board the Tilly Tennant Blog Tour Bus and got to read a pretty darn good book. And as its my job today to tell you WHY its pretty darn good, thats exactly what I'm gong to do.... Review: There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble. Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for … So my usual way of going about things when it comes to Romantic Comedies or "chick lit" is my fairly loose rule that I'm not that fond of reading them and if they don't involve Hugh Grant or Richard Curtis I'm not that fond of watching them either...but every so often fate (or one of those lovely Gosling Girls) tells me to get over myself and says - You are missing out. You will love this. LOVE this - and did I? Well yes I kind of did. Celebrity crushes - we all have them (my current one VERY much involving a rather lovely young Sherlock actor) and the idea that sometimes fantasy can overtake reality and make us act rather obsessively is one that Ms Tennant has taken here and run with - with hilarious and heartwarming results. Thats not all this is about though - within the pages is a terrific look at relationships, especially that between mother and teenage daughter (and trust me I KNOW how that goes) along with some wry and ironic life outlook using some tremendously well drawn characters to push the story along. I laughed a lot. Because of course imagining something and planning something hardly ever bears resemblance to what actually occurs when you think a dream might be coming true. I loved Bonnie and the best part of this story for me was her love for, and relationship with, Paige - a rather typical teenager when it comes to the word "selfish" - both extremely loveable characters who you will fall for. Hopelessly. Throw into the mix one Superstar, the man you KNOW should actually be "the one" and a supporting cast of varied and extraordinarily likely characters and you have a fabulous, fun and tremendously addictive read that you will devour as if it were cake. Chocolate cake at that. Recommended for fans of living life. Truly. Happy Reading Folks!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trish at Between My Lines

    As you might expect from the title and the cutesy cover, this book was a light, fun read. Just perfect for a wet Saturday afternoon. Or a sunny Saturday afternoon. Or just whenever you need a feel-good book in your life. First Line of Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn : " 'A letter's more personal, right?' Bonnie stood in front of the mirror and scraped her hair back into a ponytail." My Thoughts on Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn : There is nothing I like more than the occasional chick-lit to rem As you might expect from the title and the cutesy cover, this book was a light, fun read. Just perfect for a wet Saturday afternoon. Or a sunny Saturday afternoon. Or just whenever you need a feel-good book in your life. First Line of Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn : " 'A letter's more personal, right?' Bonnie stood in front of the mirror and scraped her hair back into a ponytail." My Thoughts on Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn : There is nothing I like more than the occasional chick-lit to remind myself that there is more to life than YA books! And shock horror, there are actually books about people my age! And what's more because I can identify with the characters so readily, it makes them funnier and more emotional all at the same time. Such as this book. I can feel Bonnie's frustrations and need for more from life because this is something most women experience at some stage. I loved that Bonnie has a 'normal' job working in a shop. All too often in fiction, the women are career women and not just normal everyday people. Bonnie could be your sister, your neighbour or even you. She was well fleshed out and made you feel her longing for some excitement in her life. Well be careful what you dream of Bonnie! Because more excitement (and men!) than you can shake a stick at are just around the corner. Soon there will be lot more to her life than a sulky daughter, a grumpy boss and a flighty mother. In a series of hilarious events, Bonnie is about to make up for lost time in the romance department. One issue I did have was how many men were suddenly flinging themselves at Bonnie. It felt a bit unrealistic but I just went with the flow and enjoyed the journey. Bonnie is someone you want to see happy so I just embraced all this book set out for her. And I closed the book with a happy sigh and a feel good vibe zinging though my veins. Overall, this chick-lit does exactly what a good chick-lit should do. It lifts you, makes you laugh and makes you wonder why men like Max only exist in books! Who should read Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn? I'd recommend this to all who enjoy contemporary chick-lit books that feature a lovable main character and some funny rom-com scenarios. Thanks to Tilly for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    This review was first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo... Thirty-something Bonnie is a single mum to her 15-year-old daughter Paige who is obsessed with mega popular boy band Every Which Way. However, Bonnie has a little secret of her own, namely that she herself also has a big crush on one of the singers in the band named Holden Finn. She secretly fantasises about meeting him, knowing it is just a silly crush. But then Paige unexpectedly wins a radio competition to meet E This review was first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo... Thirty-something Bonnie is a single mum to her 15-year-old daughter Paige who is obsessed with mega popular boy band Every Which Way. However, Bonnie has a little secret of her own, namely that she herself also has a big crush on one of the singers in the band named Holden Finn. She secretly fantasises about meeting him, knowing it is just a silly crush. But then Paige unexpectedly wins a radio competition to meet Every Which Way together with her best friend, and Bonnie will be there to supervise them. Suddenly, Bonnie’s fantasies of meeting Holden Finn aren’t just silly fantasies anymore... I immediately warmed to Bonnie, the main character of this novel, from the first few chapters and really wanted her to get the happy ending she so deserves. Bonnie is a caring and warm person, and a single mum trying to deal with her teenage daughter Paige on her own. I think most readers will be able to relate to Bonnie in a way, because don’t we all have a secret celebrity crush? I know I do, and I loved reading about Bonnie’s secret obsession with Holden Finn and what happens when she actually manages to meet him. Next to Bonnie, the book is filled with wonderful secondary characters such as Max, the handsome deliveryman who seems to be kind of into Bonnie; Linda, Bonnie’s loud but loveable colleague; and Jeanie, Bonnie’s slightly eccentric but caring mother. A great bunch of characters who I instantly warmed to and wanted to learn more about. Tilly Tennant’s writing is so easy to get into; it literally felt like I was flying through the pages of the novel, but definitely in a good way. I also want to mention the gorgeous and colourful cover, which I think will instantly attract any chick lit fan! If I have to mention one point of criticism, it’d have to be the choice of title for the book. I expected the story to be all about Bonnie’s infatuation with Holden Finn based on the title and the blurb, but the story was much more than just that and Holden was just one of the various aspects that is focused on. Overall, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn’ is a light-hearted, warm and fun debut novel, and I look forward to reading more of Tilly Tennant’s work in the future!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Review from Fairy Tale Ending Book Reviews Read: 23 March 2014 Why: Copy received as part of the Gosling Girls Book Tour Brief synopsis: There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but Review from Fairy Tale Ending Book Reviews Read: 23 March 2014 Why: Copy received as part of the Gosling Girls Book Tour Brief synopsis: There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that... right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble. Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for... What I thought: This book was a well written, really light-hearted fun read, full of lots of interesting characters. Personally, I found it very difficult to relate to Bonnie, but I think that's because my celeb crush was always just a crush. Despite her thirty-five years of age, Bonnie is beyond obsessed with Holden Finn - constantly tweeting him and even Facebook stalking his mother too. Luckily, it didn't really deter from the storyline as despite it's title, the book isn't all about Bonnie's infatuation with Holden Finn - at the heart of this book is a love story and whatever you think of Bonnie, you can't help but want her to find true love. I think the star of the book wasn't Holden Finn but Bonnie's mother Jeanie. She was my favourite character by far - I absolutely loved the leather trouser wearing rocker who describes Annie Lennox as 'amazeballs' and can be found moshing with her granddaughter to Queen when she's not at the Blood Festival! I adored the characters Max and Linda too. Linda is so kind-hearted but mischievous, especially when she's trying to steer Bonnie's love life in the right direction whilst Max is charming and so very sweet. A great choice for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Favourite quote: "A thirty-five-year-old mother of one teenage nemesis getting together with one of the country's most sought after young bachelors? It was about as likely as finding a real pea in a Pot Noodle."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Amazing read Loved and couldn't put this book down. With so many reality based aspects which grasp you and open your eyes to what could only happen, I couldn't put it down. I just wish there was more....... Amazing read Loved and couldn't put this book down. With so many reality based aspects which grasp you and open your eyes to what could only happen, I couldn't put it down. I just wish there was more.......

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emma Star Crossed Reviews

    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I really enjoyed this book I thought it was funny, romantic and perfect for curling up on the sofa with a cup of warm tea. I really liked Bonnie. She is a sweet woman. She loves Paige to pieces and would do absolutely anything to make her happy, which is evident throughout the book. Paige i This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I really enjoyed this book I thought it was funny, romantic and perfect for curling up on the sofa with a cup of warm tea. I really liked Bonnie. She is a sweet woman. She loves Paige to pieces and would do absolutely anything to make her happy, which is evident throughout the book. Paige is your typical teenager, she complains about everything her mum does but deep down she loves her really. Linda is a  really good friend. She knows what's best for Bonnie before she did and she did everything in her power to try to make it happen. I loved Jeanie. She's really cool and she's always been there for Bonnie and Paige when they needed her. I really hated Henri. He's a mean and selfish man. He spent too long getting away with treating Paige and Bonnie like  crap. Max oh wonderful Max. I loved him. He was funny, sweet kind and really caring. I love the easy banter he had with Linda and Bonnie every morning. Of course I couldn't miss the amazing Holden Finn. For some reason he really reminded me 0f Harry Styles. But way crazier. I thought he was a little arrogant but then I reckon have a billion teenage girls screaming at you can make you feel pretty irresistible. Thank you so much to Tilly for sending me a copy of this book. I enjoyed every page and can't wait to read more of her books in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    After having followed Tilly Tennant on Twitter and having a few Twitter conversations with her, I was very excited to learn that she was soon to release her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn and bought a copy as soon as it was released. Firstly, I’d like to admire the beautifully vibrant and eye catching cover which really appeals to me as a reader and what’s inside the covers is just as warm and wonderful. The reader is introduced to Bonnie and her teenage daughter Paige who has a After having followed Tilly Tennant on Twitter and having a few Twitter conversations with her, I was very excited to learn that she was soon to release her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn and bought a copy as soon as it was released. Firstly, I’d like to admire the beautifully vibrant and eye catching cover which really appeals to me as a reader and what’s inside the covers is just as warm and wonderful. The reader is introduced to Bonnie and her teenage daughter Paige who has a crush on Every Which Way, a boyband whose lead singer is Holden Finn. Unbeknownst to Paige, her mum Bonnie also has developed feelings for Holden and so is extremely excited when Paige wins a competition to meet Every Which Way and Bonnie has to accompany her daughter and might actually get to meet Holden herself! The book follows the adventures of Bonnie and Paige after meeting Holden and the rest of the band and it seems that Bonnie’s life is about to get more complicated than she had ever dreamed. Bonnie was so well drawn that I felt as if she were my friend and all I wanted was the best for her. She is a warm, funny and caring person, in fact she loves her daughter so much, she is prepared to sacrifice her own happiness to give Paige what she thinks she wants. The supporting cast are fantastic too with the sharp, straight talking Linda who is the instigator of many of the book’s comic moments, and the strong dependable Max who has feelings for Bonnie. I loved inhabiting the wonderfully warm, sweet and funny world of this novel and was so sorry when it ended. I am going to start waiting impatiently for Tilly’s next book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katey Lovell

    I make no bones about the fact I am a fangirl. I love boybands. I always have, I probably always will. So when I was asked to review this book I felt a little bit like this could be my story. I'm in my mid-thirties like Bonnie. I have a slight obsession with Louis and Liam from One Direction, like Bonnie does with Every Which Way's frontman Holden Finn. Infact, I am convinced Tilly was looking inside my mind as she wrote this book. Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is an easy read and one of tho I make no bones about the fact I am a fangirl. I love boybands. I always have, I probably always will. So when I was asked to review this book I felt a little bit like this could be my story. I'm in my mid-thirties like Bonnie. I have a slight obsession with Louis and Liam from One Direction, like Bonnie does with Every Which Way's frontman Holden Finn. Infact, I am convinced Tilly was looking inside my mind as she wrote this book. Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn is an easy read and one of those books that you are halfway through before you know it. I found it was fast paced and the action kept moving on, although my preference was definitely for the boyband element rather than the other aspects of the book. However, you certainly don't need to be a fangirl to appreciate this book. Although there is the 'celebrity lust' element, there is more to it than that- friendship, community and family. It was touching to read a book which delights in the unique bond between mother and daughter, both in Bonnie and Paige's and Bonnie and her mother Jeanie's relationships. The love between the females absolutely radiated from the page and gave me the warm and fuzzies. I also enjoyed the sense of struggle between being a responsible mother and being a person in their own right that both Bonnie and Jeanie have- something I am sure many Mums out there will appreciate! This would be a great beach read or perfect for those lazy weekend mornings where you don't want to get out of bed. It is a sweet romantic comedy (think Richard Curtis film in novel format), charming and cute. I will definitely look out for more books by Tilly Tennant.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Also posted on This Chick Reads *Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review* Actual rating 3.5/5 'Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn' is an interesting and fast read. It's centered around Bonnie, a 35 year old woman and a single parent to Paige. She's got a huge crush on Holden Flinn, who's not only a mega star, but is much younger than her. Bonnie and her friend win a competition and they are about to meet Holden Finn. Dreams do come true, e? Well after Bonnie gets to meet Holden, the Also posted on This Chick Reads *Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review* Actual rating 3.5/5 'Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn' is an interesting and fast read. It's centered around Bonnie, a 35 year old woman and a single parent to Paige. She's got a huge crush on Holden Flinn, who's not only a mega star, but is much younger than her. Bonnie and her friend win a competition and they are about to meet Holden Finn. Dreams do come true, e? Well after Bonnie gets to meet Holden, the plot starts really to get interesting and drama starts happening. And then there's Max and Bonnie's ex Henri. Well, personally I did find this whole crush thing a bit silly, because I'm almost 35 and I certainly do not daydream about celebrities. Maybe it's because of this that I couldn't really connect to Bonnie, though she's an interesting character. But I loved her relationship with Paige and it was really wonderfully described. The writing is lovely and makes the book a real page turner. It's quite a short read, and perfect for fans of romantic comedies.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Very cute book, an easy read after finishing something heavy. Bonnie Cartwright is 35, has a 15 year old daughter Paige, a husband that went AWOL two years ago, a job in a fruit and veg shop, a best friend named Linda, a rocker mother named Jeanie, and a huge crush on 23-year old pop star, Holden Finn. Bonnie spends her days working at the fruit & veg shop and writing letters to Holden that she never sends. She feels lost and alone after her husband Henri up and left for no reason, and fantasizes Very cute book, an easy read after finishing something heavy. Bonnie Cartwright is 35, has a 15 year old daughter Paige, a husband that went AWOL two years ago, a job in a fruit and veg shop, a best friend named Linda, a rocker mother named Jeanie, and a huge crush on 23-year old pop star, Holden Finn. Bonnie spends her days working at the fruit & veg shop and writing letters to Holden that she never sends. She feels lost and alone after her husband Henri up and left for no reason, and fantasizes about Holden. When her daughter Paige wins tickets to meet him, Bonnie is ecstatic at the prospect of meeting him. She gets swept up in the emotion of it all before realising that we don't always want what we wish for. Meanwhile, delivery man Max is head over heels for Bonnie, but she's having none of it. So when Max starts dating beautiful Sarah, why is Bonnie so sore about it? I really, really enjoyed this book. It was light and easy to read, and all the main characters were likeable. Interesting premise and it was well done! I enjoyed this every bit as much as Jojo Moyes' latest one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gretel

    A light and fluffy read. Holden Finn is a singer in successful boy band Every Which Way and is idolised by both teenager Paige and her mother Bonnie. The inevitable happens and Paige wins a competition to meet the band, Bonnie going along with her. That moment changes everything. The novel is very easy to read, but I found a lot of it to be unrealistic and many motives of the characters didn't feel true or well justified. Bonnie's attraction to Holden Finn and her writing unsent letters to him ju A light and fluffy read. Holden Finn is a singer in successful boy band Every Which Way and is idolised by both teenager Paige and her mother Bonnie. The inevitable happens and Paige wins a competition to meet the band, Bonnie going along with her. That moment changes everything. The novel is very easy to read, but I found a lot of it to be unrealistic and many motives of the characters didn't feel true or well justified. Bonnie's attraction to Holden Finn and her writing unsent letters to him just didn't seem real. It is never explained what is the real attraction to him. (view spoiler)[Holden Finn then falls for Bonnie, which I just didn't get. What would a pop star see in a single mum older than him when he could have anyone for his picking? Bonnie predictably then becomes unattracted to him and he becomes the pursuer. It just didn't seem real at all. (hide spoiler)] From the outset, it is so obvious who Bonnie will end up with by the end of the novel, and I wish Tennant didn't make it so obvious. I thought that the exploration of family ties was a lot more interesting, with a nice little twist towards the end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rhoda Baxter

    This book has been waiting patiently on my Kindle for months and I finally got to it! I loved the title and the cover. BOnnie is totally in love with Holden Finn - the unattainable popstar. It's a nice fantasy to escape her real life where she'd trying to keep things together for her daughter Paige. I liked Bonnie, who was fun and interesting (and so VERY stubborn). The leading men, Max (lovely) and Holden Finn (um... interesting) were entertaining. The secondary characters were very well rounded This book has been waiting patiently on my Kindle for months and I finally got to it! I loved the title and the cover. BOnnie is totally in love with Holden Finn - the unattainable popstar. It's a nice fantasy to escape her real life where she'd trying to keep things together for her daughter Paige. I liked Bonnie, who was fun and interesting (and so VERY stubborn). The leading men, Max (lovely) and Holden Finn (um... interesting) were entertaining. The secondary characters were very well rounded. I especially liked Paige, who was complicated and vulnerable. I really enjoyed this book. It made me smile (and laugh in places). I really felt for the characters. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because of the head hopping (it's a personal bugbear, like people who walk around the house brushing their teeth. ugh). I've added 'The Man Who Would Not Be Moved' to my TBR pile. (Again - brilliant title and cover!)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ella Fearne

    Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn will have you in stitches. A very lovable story that could happen to anyone of us. Easy to follow and VERY easy to get utterly absorbed by! I was that mixed feeling of sad and happy when I reached the end - so pleased that I had read it, but disappointed that I don't have another Tilly Tennant to jump straight into! There are some cracking lines as Tilly hits her characterisation dead on. For example "Fred let himself in at the front of the shop, throwing back th Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn will have you in stitches. A very lovable story that could happen to anyone of us. Easy to follow and VERY easy to get utterly absorbed by! I was that mixed feeling of sad and happy when I reached the end - so pleased that I had read it, but disappointed that I don't have another Tilly Tennant to jump straight into! There are some cracking lines as Tilly hits her characterisation dead on. For example "Fred let himself in at the front of the shop, throwing back the hood of a raincoat that was so old-fashioned the only place it was likely to be seen these days was on a fishfinger advert." Enjoy - wish I was reading it for the first time again too!

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