Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad

Posted October 1, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

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Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley ConradHolly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad
Published by Swoon Romance on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 185
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer. 

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording contract, Holly cannot believe her good fortune. On closer inspection, however, the the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing. 

Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage and write in her journal while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame. Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey. 

When Grayson Frost, the biggest country star in America, and coincidentally, a former school bully begins dating Lacey, Holly hopes that he won’t recognize or torment her.

Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago. Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him. When Grayson admits he fell for Lacey's voice, what is a girl to do when she can’t legally tell the truth at the moment when the truth matters the most?

Main Points
Writing Style:
The writing was really fun although probably a bit younger-sounding than a girl of Holly’s age would be. It was quite funny at times though.
Plot:
It was a bit of a light read, but a very enjoyable one. It also touched on some deeper things, and I can definitely see this being a series. Holly had a few odd quirks, but she had a good head on her shoulders and things pretty much went as expected. Or at least they went how they probably would have if I was Holly. She was a bit less secure than I would have liked but that was to be expected. She was still strong when it counted. Her sister was the devil though.
Lacey was a great character. Although I felt like it got to the point where everyone famous secretly wasn’t happy or wanted to do something else. However with Lacey it was good to see how someone can be mean without realizing it but have surprisingly normal, genuine or generous moments.
I’m still not sure about Grayson. I can’t really complain about him as a love interest, because there was some nice buildup to that, but I do question his emotional maturity and I’m not sure I like how he seemed to have changed so quickly. AND how he fell for Holly so quickly. And how she fell for him. There was a bit of buildup, but I would have thought it would take more to convince her.
Ending
Cliffhanger! Gosh I love those. I didn’t know this was going to be a series until I realized how unsatisfying the end was and looked it up. I can’t wait to read the rest!
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • characters
  • setting
  • plot
  • romance (kinda)
  • writing
  • ending
Less than perfect:
  • Grayson
  • romance (kinda)
Bottom Line
This was a really cute, light read with some deeper undertones. The characters were fantastic (mostly) and the plot was really fun to read about. There were some doubtful elements but they certainly didn’t make the story any less entertaining. Would I read more by this author? Definitely. Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely.

About Kenley Conrad

I’m the author of YA novel, Holly Hearts Hollywood, which is currently available on Amazon! I’m a twenty-something cat lady who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. When I’m not working my office day job or writing books, you can find me either singing and dancing or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Romance
three-stars
Cover
four-stars
Ending
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars
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