by Barbara Morgenroth
Published September 29, 2012
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
When Kip “I lied about being 18 for so long, it seemed like the truth” Chanin, arrives in Los Angeles with her mother who wants to work in Hollywood, it doesn’t take her long to understand that this is a factory town and the product is an illusion. To help support her two-person family, Kip grits her teeth, puts aside being a news photographer and becomes a paparazzi.
Kip’s first photo is of Alex Milne, the handsome and volatile young actor. That one photo changes both their lives. An evening being detained in the Beverly Hills Police Station expands Kip’s world and opportunities both wanted and unwanted confront her. To lasting shock and pain, Kip learns the identity of her father and she sets out to solve a murder that’s been gossiped about in Hollywood for the last 80 years, tainting the Milne family to the present day.
One thing Kip learns to her core is that life is real even in a city dedicated to creating illusions.
PG-13 Some mature themes
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This is a very well-written book, with a story that pulls you in and doesn't let go. I read it in a single day, and loved every minute of it. And it's been simmering in my mind ever since.
There's so much to love about this book: Great, real-to-life characters, some you root for, others you want to finally get their due. A little mystery, which is set up to continue in the next book. Romance, even if you sometimes want to slap the guy upside the head (this is great, it means I was very involved!).
I'd love to go on and on about this book, but I'm afraid I'd give away some important things. So instead, I'll just say this: Read it. You won't regret it.