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Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence. Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoo Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence. Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home. When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?


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Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence. Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoo Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence. Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home. When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?

30 review for Girl About Town

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    An incredible book by my friend Adam Shankman set in the golden age of Hollywood. Who could resist?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Very much like an old-school screwball comedy. It did have a touch of (almost) insta-love, but I didn't mind. After a serious beginning the book took a turn into fluffville a bit after the halfway point, and mostly stayed there. It was a lot like watching a romantic thriller from the thirties. Enough name dropping to be fun and not obnoxious. Lulu Kelly was a great protagonist and Freddie definitely grew up over the course of the book. I'd recommend it if Old Hollywood is in your wheelhouse. :) Very much like an old-school screwball comedy. It did have a touch of (almost) insta-love, but I didn't mind. After a serious beginning the book took a turn into fluffville a bit after the halfway point, and mostly stayed there. It was a lot like watching a romantic thriller from the thirties. Enough name dropping to be fun and not obnoxious. Lulu Kelly was a great protagonist and Freddie definitely grew up over the course of the book. I'd recommend it if Old Hollywood is in your wheelhouse. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lynx

    I had such high hopes for this one but it continually fell flat for me. Avoid this one and pick up Mary Miley's Roaring Twenties Mystery Series instead! I had such high hopes for this one but it continually fell flat for me. Avoid this one and pick up Mary Miley's Roaring Twenties Mystery Series instead!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dark Faerie Tales

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A little on the slow side, but overall I really enjoyed the realistic setting and the fun characters! Opening Sentence: It was never quiet where Lucille lived. The Review: Lucille O’Malley grew up in New York in a tiny two bedroom apartment with her sick father, five siblings and hard working mother. They barely made ends meet and Lucille would love to change her situation. But the poor just get poorer as the rich get richer and there are very few Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A little on the slow side, but overall I really enjoyed the realistic setting and the fun characters! Opening Sentence: It was never quiet where Lucille lived. The Review: Lucille O’Malley grew up in New York in a tiny two bedroom apartment with her sick father, five siblings and hard working mother. They barely made ends meet and Lucille would love to change her situation. But the poor just get poorer as the rich get richer and there are very few opportunities to change that. One night while making a delivery for her mother, Lucille stumbles across a murder and it changes her life forever. In exchange for her silence the mob king offers to give Lucille her dreams. Now Lucille is known as Lulu Kelly, an up and coming actress. She loves her new life but was it worth selling her soul to get it? Freddie van der Waals has it all, a huge fortune, a beautiful fiancée and the world at his fingertips, but it all comes crashing down the day he witnessed his father committing a horrific crime. Freddie decides that he wants no part in the life his father lives so he leaves and never looks back. Living on the streets and trying to make ends meet is new to Freddie but he learns so much along his journey. Eventually he ends up in Hollywood where he meets the beautiful Lulu Kelly and when she is framed for murder he has to help her, even if it means giving up his new found freedom. Lulu is a fun, spunky, sweet girl that got herself stuck in a terrible situation. I loved how driven she was and even though she did make some poor decisions she was not afraid to work for her own success. I also loved that even when she got herself in a better situation, she never forgot where she came from. She still lived a fairly humble life and any extra money she made she sent to her family or she gave to others who needed it more. She was someone you can easily admire and I enjoyed reading her story! I had so much respect for Freddie and I was surprised by how diligent he stayed to some of his decisions. He grew up very privileged and when he figured out all of his family’s wealth was dirty money he left and never looked back. I’m going to be honest, I don’t know if I could give everything up and go through the things he did. He was inspirational and the growth his character showed was amazing. His relationship with Lulu was sweet and they had great chemistry. I also thought it was interesting how they basically switched rolls throughout the book. It made their connection a lot more realistic because they truly understood each other. Girl About Town is a dark, lush mystery that I really enjoyed. The characters were dynamic, the romance was sweet, and the plot was intriguing. I thought that the setting felt very authentic and the authors did a great job representing how brutal certain life styles could be. My only complaints are that it was a little predictable and it was paced a little slower then I would have preferred. Overall, I thought this was an entertaining read and if you like a good mystery you should pick this one up. Notable Scene: And so, feeling guiltily relieved, Lucille left, stepping over a familiar drunk in the hallway, skirting half-naked children on the stoop, and ignoring the wolf whistle. But I have to get ahead, somehow, she thought desperately. Ahead, and out, away from this filth. On that evening Lucille would have done anything to escape her situation—if only she’d known how… Then she saw what she saw, that terrible thing—and did what she did, that terrible thing—and her entire life changed. FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Girl About Town. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. Lulu Kelly, once Lucille O'Malley of New York, is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make something of herself. She's given a one-way ticket to fame and fortune in the glittering lights of Hollywood, as long as she keeps her mouth shut about what she saw. Freddie van der Waals, once a young, handsome heir to a fortune and fiance to a beautiful, vapid girl, has chosen the streets as his home. Jaded by his discoveries of how his family fortune w ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. Lulu Kelly, once Lucille O'Malley of New York, is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make something of herself. She's given a one-way ticket to fame and fortune in the glittering lights of Hollywood, as long as she keeps her mouth shut about what she saw. Freddie van der Waals, once a young, handsome heir to a fortune and fiance to a beautiful, vapid girl, has chosen the streets as his home. Jaded by his discoveries of how his family fortune was made Freddie sets off for the west, encountering every bit of bad he never hoped to meet. When their lives intersect by chance in Hollywood they are drawn together, Lulu seeing a bit of herself in him and Freddie seeing an opportunity to do the right thing when his family never has. I genuinely enjoyed Adam Shankman's Girl About Town, the character driven novel is exciting and historically accurate. With young characters, but a rather serious story line it is geared toward a wide age group of readers. It's mysterious and detailed, offering more than a glimpse at the life of both the rich and the poor, the famous and the forgotten. Unfortunately, Girl About Town lacks a certain jenesequa that would make it just that much more exciting. It's an enjoyable read, but it doesn't stand out among the crowd of other historical fictions. Young Adult fans will likely enjoy this, but a more adult genre reader may find the lose strings a nuisance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    While I thought the premise was interesting enough, I never really warmed to the main character. How can she be happy as the up and coming starlet knowing that the only reason she got there was because of the mafia? Freddie I liked better as a character because he was kind of the opposite of Lulu - he realized where his money came from and turned his back on it. There were also a lot of loose ends that were never really explained which always bugs me in a book. The author is primarily a screenwr While I thought the premise was interesting enough, I never really warmed to the main character. How can she be happy as the up and coming starlet knowing that the only reason she got there was because of the mafia? Freddie I liked better as a character because he was kind of the opposite of Lulu - he realized where his money came from and turned his back on it. There were also a lot of loose ends that were never really explained which always bugs me in a book. The author is primarily a screenwriter and director. I think I would have liked this a lot more if it had been a movie.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Chapters read: 4 Decently interesting but I'm unimpressed with the characterization and the writing. For the most part, the writing is simple, but then there's the occasional big word thrown in that feels entirely out of place, not to mention a bit of slang that I googled and could find no record of being used in that context. Chapters read: 4 Decently interesting but I'm unimpressed with the characterization and the writing. For the most part, the writing is simple, but then there's the occasional big word thrown in that feels entirely out of place, not to mention a bit of slang that I googled and could find no record of being used in that context.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Gunderman

    Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! Girl About Town is unlike a lot of other YA novels – it’s a historical YA mystery that takes you into Hollywood and into the life of two opposites: a young lady who started with nothing and rose to fame due to an unforeseen circumstance, and a young man who started as the son of a billionaire and has found himself homeless and traveling to get away from a life he once enjoyed, but found out was built upon lies Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! Girl About Town is unlike a lot of other YA novels – it’s a historical YA mystery that takes you into Hollywood and into the life of two opposites: a young lady who started with nothing and rose to fame due to an unforeseen circumstance, and a young man who started as the son of a billionaire and has found himself homeless and traveling to get away from a life he once enjoyed, but found out was built upon lies and crime. Lucille is a young woman who lives with her mother, siblings, and father who has medical problems and cannot work or help out…the family relies on her mother’s laundry business to take care of things financially. Lucille helps out when she can, making deliveries and such, but it is difficult trying to afford food to eat and her father’s medication on such a small income. One night, while making a delivery, Lucille witnesses a horrible crime, and a gang member tries to pay her off in order to get her to stay quiet. Lucille decides that rather than fancy clothes or cash, she wants to go to Hollywood to become a starlet – and earn it all for herself. So Lucille is whisked away to a new life of fame, has her name changed to Lulu, and becomes a star. Freddie is a young man who has wanted for nothing his entire life. His father has a large business and is essentially a billionaire – leaving Freddie to have the best of everything. He also has a fiance, Violet, who loves Freddie more for his money and the security and shopping trips it will bring, rather than Freddie himself. But Freddie is sure that he cares about her. However, one night, Freddie learns something about his father and the way that money was earned, and it causes him to not want to be associated with his family, the business, or the money. So he leaves home, and in the process endures a difficult year of being homeless, poor, and hungry. Traveling from state to state, Freddie eventually finds himself in California. When a problem on set creates an open role for a homeless man in one of the movies that Lulu has a part in, she sets off to find someone to fill the part. When she finds Freddie, she is hesitant at first, but ends up bringing him along anyway. The two are like oil and water at first, but eventually begin to warm up to each other after a horrible incident on set that leaves another starlet hospitalized, and Lulu on the run when she is accused of attempted murder. Since Freddie is also on the run (his father has issued a reward for anyone who can find him), the two of them do their best to stay out of the spotlight and clear Lulu’s name. This was definitely an interesting book…I love historical fiction so I had a feeling I would really like this one, and I did. It was fresh, original, and entertaining…with a mystery that was fun to solve. There is a bit of insta-love in this book, and while that doesn’t usually ruin a book for me or anything, I just want to mention that the blossoming love between Lulu and Freddie seemed a bit forced. While there didn’t seem to be much chemistry between the two of them, it didn’t really take away from the story or anything, so I didn’t mind it. I did enjoy the fact that the romance aspect of the book never really took center stage – the whole mystery aspect of who shot the starlet during filming was the main plot, and it stayed that way. The pacing of this book was a little slow, giving us plenty of time to get into the background of the characters and who they had become a year later. The second half of the book focused on the mystery. I think the pacing for this book was just right, honestly. It reminded me more of a historical film than a book because of how the chapters alternated between Lulu and Freddie’s ordeals before they met, and that was different and made it a lot easier to connect to the characters since we knew their stories. If you like historical fiction, mysteries, and YA, this is something that you might enjoy. I thought it was a nice break from the usual contemporaries/fantasies that I’ve been reading, so I really enjoyed it. Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    A young girl witnesses a crime and is promised her wildest dreams if she lies to the police. A rich young man discovers that his father is not who he thought he was and he runs. Their stories run parallel to each other and then converge in Hollywood in the 1930's. A wanna be starlet, a gangster, a jealous co-star, and a bum who isn't all cross paths in an accidental shooting on set. I enjoyed the witty dialogue and the behind the scenes look at how a star was created. It was quick, easy read set A young girl witnesses a crime and is promised her wildest dreams if she lies to the police. A rich young man discovers that his father is not who he thought he was and he runs. Their stories run parallel to each other and then converge in Hollywood in the 1930's. A wanna be starlet, a gangster, a jealous co-star, and a bum who isn't all cross paths in an accidental shooting on set. I enjoyed the witty dialogue and the behind the scenes look at how a star was created. It was quick, easy read set in an interesting time period.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Racheal

    **Net Galley Giveaway/ARC** Girl About Town is a YA novel with historical details and old Hollywood charm. I loved the setting and Adam Shankman is excellent at describing scenes so you feel as if you are really there. I liked the characters but felt that the instant love relationship needed to be explored a little more than it was. The ending felt a little rushed but this was still an enjoyable read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    The synopsis got me. Poor girl raised on cabbage gets a break, heads to Hollywood. Rich boy becomes totally disillusioned, gives it all up to hop trains as a hobo across America. They meet and bullets fly. What's not to like? I read the synopsis and ordered 44 copies of "Girl About Town" from First Book, an organization that wants to put books into poor kids' hands. I figured my book club will consume some of them. Then I read it. Damn. Director Adam Shankman and reporter Laura L. Sullivan teame The synopsis got me. Poor girl raised on cabbage gets a break, heads to Hollywood. Rich boy becomes totally disillusioned, gives it all up to hop trains as a hobo across America. They meet and bullets fly. What's not to like? I read the synopsis and ordered 44 copies of "Girl About Town" from First Book, an organization that wants to put books into poor kids' hands. I figured my book club will consume some of them. Then I read it. Damn. Director Adam Shankman and reporter Laura L. Sullivan teamed to create some of the best prose in my growing arsenal of young adult fiction. Whew. Lucille O'Malley lives with her multiple family members in a two-bedroom flat in a dirt poor section of New York City. Her dad's shellshocked and bedridden from World War I while her mom takes in laundry from women of means to put a tiny amount of food in their bellies and morphine for her husband when his cries get to be too much. Frederick van der Waals, meanwhile, has it all. With fawning Violet on his arm, he figures he'll continue cultivating the perfect life. Then he discovers his father, the man he worships, is a craven creature who worships only the dollar. Set in the Depression, Shankman, who I can't believe is the dorky judge on "So You Think You Can Dance," and Sullivan crank out a tale that reminded me of the prose I consumed over the course of several months from Dashiell Hammett. OMG. Freddie's got Mugsy, his man nanny, an ex boxer and veteran. He meets Ben, a man with nothing but spirit, on the road who teaches him how to survive. Lulu meets Vasily, who has a secret. He teaches her to act, to disappear within her character, to become who she plays. The character development is fantastic. Even Rocco, the loser thug, has a back story. And Ruby. You've got to read this to understand her. If that's even possible. I'm buying the next couple for my students. (I'm the high school librarian.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    2.5 Stars. Teenagers Lucille and Frederick flee 1930’s New York and reinvent themselves after each witnesses a violent crime. Lulu, having grown up poor, strikes a questionable deal to pursue stardom in Hollywood, meanwhile, Freddie sheds his family’s ill-gotten wealth for the hardship of train-hopping. I liked the mention of people like Max Factor, Luella Parsons, Mary Pickford, etc, still, I felt like it could have been even more descriptive about the era, the clothes, the settings, I just fel 2.5 Stars. Teenagers Lucille and Frederick flee 1930’s New York and reinvent themselves after each witnesses a violent crime. Lulu, having grown up poor, strikes a questionable deal to pursue stardom in Hollywood, meanwhile, Freddie sheds his family’s ill-gotten wealth for the hardship of train-hopping. I liked the mention of people like Max Factor, Luella Parsons, Mary Pickford, etc, still, I felt like it could have been even more descriptive about the era, the clothes, the settings, I just felt like it all could have been amped up to feel even more atmospheric. The book moved along at a quick enough clip, particularly once Lulu and Frederick meet and the mystery kicks in. The mystery was okay, there were plenty of legit suspects, why the person did it does make sense, though I’m still unsure of how that person could have been so certain of who would end up the victim in a room full of people. I thought there were some good moments of thirties style banter that echoed old movies, it was far too inconsistant though, the book had some challenges tone-wise, like maybe it should have either chosen the stark realism of the train-hopping or the bubblier dialogue that occurred in Hollywood, the two sides of the story didn’t mesh all that seamlessly, for instance, Freddie kind of felt like three different characters to me, the oblivious rich kid, then the hardened hobo, then this jaunty hero, I guess circumstances would explain the changes in his personlity, but I don’t know, it didn’t seem like there was much connective tissue between those three versions of him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne Mc

    YA novel about the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 30s. Lulu, a poor girl from the Lower East Side is in the wrong place at the wrong time but ends up a star in Hollywood. Freddie, a billionaire boy learns something about his family and starts traveling the country as a bum. They end up together solving a mystery that could destroy her. Not great literature but fun. The characters are a bit stock and the whirlwind, love at first sight romance is a bit much. It’s sweet, though, and there is real e YA novel about the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 30s. Lulu, a poor girl from the Lower East Side is in the wrong place at the wrong time but ends up a star in Hollywood. Freddie, a billionaire boy learns something about his family and starts traveling the country as a bum. They end up together solving a mystery that could destroy her. Not great literature but fun. The characters are a bit stock and the whirlwind, love at first sight romance is a bit much. It’s sweet, though, and there is real emotion. I do love that the romance is about partnership and friendship (teasing & joking) and that he is the guy she can lean on when she’s in trouble or upset—my favorite kind of hero.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    As a fan of classic movies, I was eager to read Girl About Town. It is an enjoyable and suspenseful read, but the ending is rushed and character development is a bit flat. The Depression-era setting, the involvement with the mafia, the rich lifestyle contrasted with the struggles of the poor and of course the glamor of Hollywood are all promising elements of the story, but it does not live up to its potential.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.

    As a fan of classic movies, I was eager to read Girl About Town. It is an enjoyable and suspenseful read, but the ending is rushed and character development is a bit flat. The Depression-era setting, the involvement with the mafia, the rich lifestyle contrasted with the struggles of the poor and of course the glamor of Hollywood are all promising elements of the story, but it does not live up to its potential

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I adore this book. While it's not on my favorites list I still think it beautifully written. It may seem predictable but the end is thoughtful and sneaky and bound to surprise you. While it's not the biggest page turner, it's a wonderful period piece full of love and mystery and greed. I adore this book. While it's not on my favorites list I still think it beautifully written. It may seem predictable but the end is thoughtful and sneaky and bound to surprise you. While it's not the biggest page turner, it's a wonderful period piece full of love and mystery and greed.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna Koriath

    This book is entertaining and predictable and a little stupid, kind of like a not very good romantic comedy where all of the characters are stereotypical but the writers gave each one some quirk to try to give them depth. I don't regret reading it but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. This book is entertaining and predictable and a little stupid, kind of like a not very good romantic comedy where all of the characters are stereotypical but the writers gave each one some quirk to try to give them depth. I don't regret reading it but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    There was nothing that I liked about this book. The story was boring; the plot was predictable; the characters were unlikable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Windy

    A fun and light read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan Julian

    Not exactly high art, but a pleasantly amusing murder mystery (sort of) romp through a post-Jazz Singer, pre-Thin Man Hollywood.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Autumn R

    This book was very hard to get into at first but was very good. I would recommend trying it out!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Renia Mckenzie

    To be honest it wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be. Somethings felt forced or boring. To be honest it wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be. Somethings felt forced or boring.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan Coppadge

    I was so excited when I found out that I had won this book from a giveaway on The Irish Banana. As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I wanted to read it and I wasn't disappointed. I'm going to be honest it took me a little while to get into this book. At about 30% into the book is when I really got hooked. I think it was the POV alternating between chapters that stalled me. At first I wasn't a big fan of Lulu's and I usually only got a page or two into her chapter before I kind of I was so excited when I found out that I had won this book from a giveaway on The Irish Banana. As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I wanted to read it and I wasn't disappointed. I'm going to be honest it took me a little while to get into this book. At about 30% into the book is when I really got hooked. I think it was the POV alternating between chapters that stalled me. At first I wasn't a big fan of Lulu's and I usually only got a page or two into her chapter before I kind of lost interest. She was a little wimpy I guess. She didn't really take control of her life and was letting everyone else dictate what she did and that drove me crazy. Happily she got a backbone and while still having a few moments of falling back to her old ways she always bounced back. I LOVED Freddie. I looked forward to his chapters and what was happening with him. He just seemed like a really great guy even with all that was going on in his life. Then the magic happened and their stories collided and that's when I couldn't stop reading I just had to know what happened! As the pages dwindled and the story picked up I was concerned with how it would end. But for me it had the perfect ending. And I was totally surprised by it!!! I wasn't left with questions or thinking there was any loose ends. It's not a 5 star just because of how long it took me to get interested in it. It took me 3 weeks to finish it and that's not normal for me. It was almost a sad DNF but I'm so happy I kept on reading. :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cassi

    I really wanted to like this book. It totally sounds like something up my alley. It's a YA hard-boiled mystery with old Holloywood setting, after all. But unfortunately it did't work for me. My biggest issue with this book was the pacing. It took half of the book to even get to the real mystery of the book, a mystery that was mentioned in the synopsis. It was just so much exposition and then when it finally got to the mystery, it felt rushed. But I did like the mystery aspects of the story. It was I really wanted to like this book. It totally sounds like something up my alley. It's a YA hard-boiled mystery with old Holloywood setting, after all. But unfortunately it did't work for me. My biggest issue with this book was the pacing. It took half of the book to even get to the real mystery of the book, a mystery that was mentioned in the synopsis. It was just so much exposition and then when it finally got to the mystery, it felt rushed. But I did like the mystery aspects of the story. It wasn't predictable and I enjoyed the way that the characters went on a hunt for clues and the truth. It also had a fun, old-school murder mystery kind of vibe as they slowly accused everyone and then narrowed down their list of suspects. That part was fun in a cinematic way. But I think I just never really connected with the story or the characters. They just felt a little one-dimensional for me even during the period where we were focused on the character-development and set up. I think in general this just didn't work for me but if you are looking for an old-school hard-boiled mystery them check this out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui☕️

    This had potential to be great, but ended up falling short. Even with all the flaws, I was still engaged in the plot. The bad included lacking character development and had the worst case of insta-love I've ever seen. The characters were lacking heart and I didn't connect emotionally. The 1930's Hollywood setting is a strong point and it felt authentic and glamorous. Definitely on the fluffy side, but I still liked it. This had potential to be great, but ended up falling short. Even with all the flaws, I was still engaged in the plot. The bad included lacking character development and had the worst case of insta-love I've ever seen. The characters were lacking heart and I didn't connect emotionally. The 1930's Hollywood setting is a strong point and it felt authentic and glamorous. Definitely on the fluffy side, but I still liked it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Probably somewhere between 2.5-3.4 stars... While I enjoy a lot of YA works, this was a bit of a younger YA style. The beginning of the book started out very serious and quite interesting, and then took a sudden turn into fast-paced silliness and fluff. The insta-love I was kinda okay with, looking at this as a short fun book that even alluded to how rediculously fast the love happened. However, a lot of the plot from there on was so silly and rediculous...while I felt that I still didn't really Probably somewhere between 2.5-3.4 stars... While I enjoy a lot of YA works, this was a bit of a younger YA style. The beginning of the book started out very serious and quite interesting, and then took a sudden turn into fast-paced silliness and fluff. The insta-love I was kinda okay with, looking at this as a short fun book that even alluded to how rediculously fast the love happened. However, a lot of the plot from there on was so silly and rediculous...while I felt that I still didn't really know the characters. I think the feel of this book was supposed to reflect an old old romantic comedy mixed with some mystery...which it did but was just not as enjoyable in book form.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Juls

    I grew up with Adam Shankman and he's got more talent than pretty much anyone I've ever known so when I heard that he wrote a book, I knew I needed to read this book. And it didn't disappoint. This book takes place in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Starlet and a regular guy running away from his troubles in the middle of the Depression. They find each other and connect. Lulu and Freddie were real characters and I was rooting for them the whole way. I could "see" the story since shows Adam's abilit I grew up with Adam Shankman and he's got more talent than pretty much anyone I've ever known so when I heard that he wrote a book, I knew I needed to read this book. And it didn't disappoint. This book takes place in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Starlet and a regular guy running away from his troubles in the middle of the Depression. They find each other and connect. Lulu and Freddie were real characters and I was rooting for them the whole way. I could "see" the story since shows Adam's ability to visually tell a terrific story in the written form, as I know he's a terrific feature director. Very fun and entertaining read. I definitely recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liberty Sparks

    Maybe one star is a bit harsh, but God was this book awful. There were very few things I actually enjoyed in this book. The plot was predictable, the characters were largely one dimensional (save vasily, who's character had a fair amount of potential but really wasn't executed properly.) it seemed to be trying to push a feminist message towards the end but it was more the sort of dysfunctional relationship where the girl if crazy and does stupid things and bosses the man around but if the man tr Maybe one star is a bit harsh, but God was this book awful. There were very few things I actually enjoyed in this book. The plot was predictable, the characters were largely one dimensional (save vasily, who's character had a fair amount of potential but really wasn't executed properly.) it seemed to be trying to push a feminist message towards the end but it was more the sort of dysfunctional relationship where the girl if crazy and does stupid things and bosses the man around but if the man tries to do the exact same thing even once she won't take it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Briar Rose

    Girl About Town is a crime drama that fits in with old Hollywood. This book was right up my alley. The problem? It was boring about 50% of the time and I didn't care about any of the characters. While the plot was somewhat interesting, it took way too long to get to anything exciting or interesting. The writing style isn't too bad, but it's clear the author is more adapted to writing screenplays than books. Girl About Town is a crime drama that fits in with old Hollywood. This book was right up my alley. The problem? It was boring about 50% of the time and I didn't care about any of the characters. While the plot was somewhat interesting, it took way too long to get to anything exciting or interesting. The writing style isn't too bad, but it's clear the author is more adapted to writing screenplays than books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    This book was fluffy, vapid fun. Set in 1930's Hollywood, it's appropriately name drop-y and has enough gangsters to keep things "edgy." The main character is more than a bit of a Mary-Sue, but without being *overly* obnoxious. There's a love at first sight, love to end all loves relationship that's totally barf-worthy. There's description of sumptuous Old Hollywood fashion. This book hits all of the guilty pleasure points. If you're looking for a deep, gritty novel, this isn't for you. This book was fluffy, vapid fun. Set in 1930's Hollywood, it's appropriately name drop-y and has enough gangsters to keep things "edgy." The main character is more than a bit of a Mary-Sue, but without being *overly* obnoxious. There's a love at first sight, love to end all loves relationship that's totally barf-worthy. There's description of sumptuous Old Hollywood fashion. This book hits all of the guilty pleasure points. If you're looking for a deep, gritty novel, this isn't for you.

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