A cute, feel-good read about chasing after one's dreams, even if it seems all the odds are stacked against you.
by Kate Heceta
Lorraine has one of those voices which makes you stop whatever you're doing so that you can listen properly. She has some disadvantages though. She's a checkout operator for Fresh & Co and frankly it's not the best place to be if you're hoping to be the next big superstar. Her manager is her mother, but that's not quite as much of a disadvantage as you might think as Natalie definitely has Lorraine's best interests at heart and she's street smart. But Lorraine (actually, it's Lolly to her Mum) has one really big advantage too: she sounds just like the superstar she idolises and that lady has been indulging in some illegal substances and needs a body/voice double at pretty short notice. It's the perfect opportunity for Lorraine.
And - of course - Lorraine's determined to make the most of it and if this was your run-of-the-mill chick-lit book she'd be destined for stardom and be unable to make up her mind between two very suitable, rich young men. There's a snag though: real life isn't like that. Lorraine does meet a very handsome young man, by the name of Danny... Well, that's one of the names he uses. And he could be quite rich, if his latest scam comes off. He might just have involved Lorraine in the scam, but not under her real name, of course. Natalie is horrified, as you might expect and there's another bit of news which she's going to be even less pleased about.
One of the delights of the book is the way that we see Lorraine develop. When we first meet her she's about to go on her first holiday abroad - to Ibiza with her girlfriends - but within a matter of weeks she's been to Amsterdam and the USA and it was good to see that she really was determined to pursue her career no matter what obstacles might be put in her way, and the young man who was definitely commitment phobic when we first met him begins to see that he might have to settle for just one name.
Natalie is another delight. She's anxious that Lolly doesn't end up in the same boat as she did - the one that has 'single parent without any money' in big letters on the bow. There's a love interest for her too, but will she acknowledge it when she's so determined to put Lolly's career before everything else?
It's a feel-good book with a strong dash of realism: no one is going to get the idea that becoming the next big superstar is easy and you definitely can't do it on your own. It was a good read and I'd like to thank the publisher for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
by The BookBag