(To read my review of the first book from the I Heart Series, I Heart New York click here.)
Huzzar! I’ve finished the second book in the I Heart series. It may have taken me a while due to the fact that my university fiction reading pace is the equivalent to a snail trying to slither up hill, but it’s the journey not the destination right? Or something like that…
I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first, but it still has the same elements of charm, wit and fun to make it a good read, and I will definitely be continuing with the series. 🙂
Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the first book I Heart New York this review may contain spoilers about previous plots and characters in the series. However, for those of you who have read the previous book, this review will not contain any major spoilers about the book I Heart Hollywood.
Angela Clark can’t believe her luck…she’s living in New York with a dream job and a sexy boyfriend.
Sent to Hollywood to interview hot actor James Jacobs, she’s in at the deep end amid the thin and beautiful of Rodeo Drive. The only person who seems genuine is James, despite his ladykiller reputation. But then the paparazzi catch them together at Chateau Marmont, and Angela finds herself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons…
Can she convince her boss, her friend and – most importantly – her boyfriend not to believe all they read in the papers? And will Hollywood ever win Angela’s heart?
The writing in I Heart Hollywood is very similar to its former incarnation, I didn’t really notice any improvements or growth in comparison to the last book, so my thoughts are pretty similar. Kelk’s prose are so easy to read, I could enjoy this book whether I was reading it for two minutes or two hours. It was so easy to sink back into it’s pages and get lost in Angela’s whimsical adventures, and I love that about this series. Her portrayal of Hollywood is not quite as positive as New York and so I don’t really think I’ll be making a trip there anytime soon! Whether the portrayal is correct or not I can’t say, but her comments and observations of it remain entertaining throughout the book. Kelk’s sense of humor really carries her novels, especially the way she pokes fun of all the crazy girl logic we employ sometimes! All the funny little jokes and comments build to make this a really fun book! For instance:
‘OK.’ She cleared her throat dramatically. ‘Jenny and I met about seven years ago. She was out here waitressing, trying out at all these open auditions and shit, basically not getting anywhere. I was working in this vintage store on Melrose and, well, kind of stripping. But classy stripping, you know, not like “drunken bachelor parties” stripping.’
’Oh of course,’ I nodded trying to think of an example of classy stripping. And failing.
Actually…it seemed a lot funnier in context, but hey, you get the picture. 😛
The main reason that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous one was the plot. Angela spends a lot of it worrying about leaving her new boyfriend Alex, and she is only going to be gone for a week! She mulls over their relationship, whether Alex is acting ‘odd’ if he is ‘missing her’ and whether he will suddenly become uninterested in her and find someone shiny and new while she’s away. Come on girl, get a backbone! Think logically for two seconds. I know girls tend to overthink a lot but it did seem a bit ridiculous to me. Consequently, because SHE is worried it ends up becoming a self fulfilling prophecy as Alex picks up on the weird. Wires are crossed, conversations misinterpreted, you get the picture.
Meanwhile Angela can’t help swooning over her movie star interviewee James Jacobs, and he appears to be swooning right back. Temptation, temptation! But again I found this part of the storyline hard to swallow. It’s a bit unbelievable that every good looking guy on the planet seems to be instantly attracted to Angela, is it not? *just agree with me :P* I found myself fighting against the convenience in the storyline once again like I did at the start of the first book. However, towards the end several unexpected things are revealed that help explain some of these convenient issues. But by that point my enjoyment had already been somewhat hindered so I wish these revelations could have been explained a little earlier!
As for the characters? I have to admit I wasn’t so keen on them in this book. We still have our two core loveable leading ladies, but the problem is the situations and plots they’re woven into for this book make them a little irritating. My issues with Angela have already been explained above, but I also had problems with her best bud Jenny in this book. She is quite moody due to her soul crushing breakup and is unnecessarily harsh to Angela at points, as well as giving her crappy advice that could potentially screw up her relationship with Alex. This put me off her character slightly I have to admit, even though I felt sympathy towards her.
We are also introduced to a cast of new LA characters which although highly clichéd were enjoyable to read about. You can’t help but fall a little for James Jacobs flirting and stereotypical movie star moves. His horrendously strict and high strung assistant is pretty fun to read about too. Joe also makes an interesting new character as you are unsure about his motivations for most of the book.
I was pretty torn about whether to give this book a three star or a four…I zoomed through the first half but it took me quite a long time to finish the second half because of uni, and I think that affected my enjoyment of it slightly. So I figured it probably deserves a four star!
I would recommend this book to people that enjoyed the first one, although technically you probably don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy I Heart Hollywood. Fans of chick lit who dream of flying off to exotic places will love this book and this series as it is a great way to travel the world from the safety of your bedroom. Anyone 16+ will enjoy it. 🙂
Writing Style: 4/5
Character Development: 3/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes.
(To read my review of the next book in the I Heart New York series, I Heart Paris, click here.)
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