Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Review of Lily Does LA by Nicola Doherty

The bit on the back…

Lily is an actress. At least, that's what she tells people, even though she's currently working in a call centre and her last big part was an ad for Sofa Warehouse. So when she's invited to her cousin Alice's wedding in LA, it's a dream come true. Alice's fiancé Sam is actually a Hollywood agent; how can Lily fail to get talent-spotted? There's only one problem; not only is Lily banned from mentioning acting, parts or producers to Sam, she's expected to spend the entire week doing wedding-related prep (read: chores) with Sam's boring groomsman Jesse. But Lily firmly believes that rules were made to be broken ...

Firstly thank you to Headline for approving me for a copy of this to review via NetGalley. This is the second instalment in Nicola Doherty’s fabulous Girls on Tour series. The series started off with Poppy Does Paris and you can find my review here.

This is the story of Lily, a struggling British actress, and her adventures in LA helping her cousin out with her imminent wedding.

I really enjoyed Poppy Does Paris and was already anticipating the second part in the series. Lily is instantly likeable as a character. She’s trying so hard to make her mark as an actor (as she prefers to be called) and is working her way through temp job after temp job. The first scene with Lily sets the tone for the rest of what is a fun read.

I loved the contrast between Lily’s home life and her adventure in LA. She’s had tragedy in her life and really her home life sort of just felt grey. Dull, uninspiring and hard work. Her holiday in LA couldn’t be more different with its exciting atmosphere and the feeling of vitality. The description of LA completely transports you there and even though I’ve not been (yet!) I definitely could imagine myself there.

Lily manages to get herself up to all sorts in the short period of time that she’s in LA which will have you laughing out loud, falling in love and feeling all emotional. I loved the wedding planning and I loved seeing all of Lily’s plans finally coming together. I loved the development of her character throughout and the definite difference and growth you could see in her towards the end of the book.

There are another 3 parts to this series and I’m really looking forward to continuing. Fans of Lindsey Kelk will really love the characters and the settings in the series so far and I think that fans of Paige Toon will also enjoy it

Release Date: 25th September 2014

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