Published: 4th May 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
Jess has decided it’s time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of glitz, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs. Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they’re staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony’s expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It’s just this once. No harm done… Right?
Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy. As part of the blog tour which I’m a part of, I’m reviewing Lisa’s book in four parts. See part 2 on the 13th, part 3 on the 20th and part 4 on the 27th.
Jess, our main character and her journalist friend Bryony are in their train compartment en route to France for the Cannes Film Festival. The ladies are convinced that Leonardo DiCaprio and Zac Efron will whisk them off their feet and into paradise. Wishful thinking ladies! Bryony has been sent as part of the festival and Jess has tagged along as she’s in desperate need of some urgent fun in the sun.
“Jess didn’t hate a lot of things, but people who moped and moaned without doing anything about it was one of them, and she realised she was being exactly that sort of person.”
Very quickly, Jess and Bryony start to hang around with the wealthy folk; the kind who truly earn their money rather than asking off Daddy. Their personalities seemed to change instantly when they were surrounded by their new friends. I really didn’t like this – changing yourself so people would like you? Yes, it’s realistic but I didn’t enjoy that aspect. Stay true to you!
“Don’t get knocked up just because of a few knock-knock jokes.”
The introduction of Leo The Nutella Man was brilliant. I loved him right from the start and when he was in the plot, Jess’s personality shone. I thought he was a really interesting character, a perfect match for Jess and he loved food – WIN WIN! The ending of Part 1 wasn’t to my liking as the description seemed to be a little bit everywhere – it ought to be tight, a really cliff hanger begging the readers to stay tuned for the next instalment. I did read on, of course I did!
Next Review Instalments:
Part 2 on the 13th
Part 3 on the 20th
Part 4 on the 27th