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Early Review: Girl About Town by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan

Girl About TownTitle: Girl About Town

Author: Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan

Genre: YA Mystery

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 1481447874 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1481447874 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan pen a sparkling, witty, romantic mystery inspired by Nick and Nora Charles and Hollywood glamour.

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?

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.

Excerpt: No

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.


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