Sunday, 10 January 2016

Book Review | Becoming Famous by Natalie Scott

25884839Bebe Barkley has never released a sex tape. She’s not America’s Next Top Model. She didn’t get pregnant at 16, and has never auditioned for American Idol. In fact, she’s holed up in a hotel room at the Waldorf in New York City, totally depressed. But even though she doesn’t know it yet, she’s about to become famous. A former equestrian rider, Bebe had a bright future until a tragic accident changed everything. Now she’s unable to return to her old life, yet incapable of moving forward.

Follow her as she ventures from New York to LA, the City of Broken Dreams, where she will find everything she’s ever wanted, only to risk losing the things she truly loves. Join Bebe in her heart-stopping journey in Becoming Famous.

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*

This is a hard review to write, because I always try and be fair but also honest. In order for me to do this, I need to say, that I really didn't like this book. 
I want to talk a little about my main issues with this book. Really it falls into three main categories. Pacing. Descriptive writing, and finally the storyline.
I'm going to start of talking about the pacing of this novel. I felt like it was entirely off base. The writing felt really rushed. It's a short book, and too much was happening. One moment she's setting herself up in an apartment in New York, and so much happens in New York with finding new roommates, making new connections and things happening with one of her roommates, and then a move to L.A, and it was all in around about sixty pages. It was too fast.
That brings me onto my second point. Descriptive writing. This plays hand in hand with the issues I had in pacing. I feel as if, the reason so much was able to happen in so few pages, is because there was very little description. Of people, places, events. The narrative skipped from one thing to the next, way too fast, so there was no time allowed to go into what people were doing, thinking, and feeling. Because of this, I was unable to immerse myself in the story, or get any real focus on the characters.
Lastly we have the storyline itself. On the whole, I liked the concept of a girl trying to get over events in her past, and make a name for herself. However, having the story so rushed, didn't allow me a chance to really care what was happening to any of the characters. In parts, I felt things were incredibly unbelievable. For instance, how quickly things fell into place for her, concerning agents who happened to sign her right away, and then know of a perfect apartment available for her, and so on. Though, this was not the most coincidental thing in the book, and that kind of writing bothered me.
This book is a sequel to a book which I have not read, and so there were characters which had been introduced there, that showed up here, but I felt that there wasn't really a place for them, and the way they did show up, just kept me thinking that it was way too big of a coincidence to feel real.
Overall, I'm sorry to say, that I just didn't enjoy this book at all. I think if it had been filled out a little more with some more descriptive writing, and had there been a few less unbelievable coincidences, it could have been a good book. As it stands, it just isn't the kind of book which appeals to me.


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