About the Book:
When Magnolia is cast in Spotlight, a reality TV singing competition, all she wants to do is reinvent herself. With a failed romance and a neurotic mother on her hands, she just wants to escape her everyday life. Then there’s Ford, who also wants to reinvent himself, but for totally different reasons. With half of his crazy family in jail and a questionable past, he’s looking for a way out towards a better life. When Magnolia and Ford meet, the attraction is immediate, and as they live together in a Hollywood Hills mansion, they fall in love. But things get complicated with every moment of their lives broadcast for America to see, and their pasts soon come to haunt them. Can the two teens make love last?
Miss Riki’s Review:
This light, romantic comedy was a fun escape and a great look into the wild world of reality television. I loved that we got to see how the pressures of living in the spotlight affected these two teens, who are simply trying to overcome their checkered pasts. I enjoyed the relationship between Magnolia and her mother as well. She is a minor, after all, and I loved that her relationship with her overbearing mother was front and center and not brushed under the rug. Magnolia wants to reinvent herself, but she also wants to make her mother proud, and there’s a great dynamic there.
The romance between Ford and Magnolia unfolded at a nice pace and never felt rushed or forced. The two teens are sweet together, and I loved the conflict that pushes them apart.
The only real criticism I have for this book is that I would have liked to have seen more about the reality competition itself. We do get some scenes featuring the various cast members rehearsing and preparing for the show, plus some awesome moments during the show itself, but I found these so interesting that I was left wanting more. I felt like these sections of the book could have been expanded upon, giving the reader an even more intimate look into the behind the scenes of being on a reality show.
Overall, this book is lighthearted and easy reading, with compelling main characters that readers will love to root for. It is a fascinating behind the scenes look at what goes on in the world of reality television, from the forced backstories of the various cast members, to the complications of actual romance on the show.