Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Review: Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton

Emma hearts LA by Keris Stainton
Published by Orchard


Emma's not sure that LA's for her, but when she accompanies her sister Jane to an audition, a chance meeting with a teen TV star starts to change her new sunshine lifestyle for the better... But what about Oscar, so far her only friend in LA, who's turning out NOT to be the idiot she thought he was?

Soon Emma begins to find herself torn between two boys and reconsidering her entire future.

Maybe LA's not that bad after all.


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This is less a review and more a fan girl waffle on about why I loved this book.

I loved Emma. I knew I liked Emma when I read Jessie but I really really loved Emma in this book. She is the sort of girl I would have loved to have as a best friend when I was a teenager. She's cool and funny without being bitchy and nasty or to the completely other extreme without being completely useless. I love that she is a cracking role model to girls of that age.

I loved Oscar and his quirky geeky ways. Again he is totally the boy I wanted to fall for at age 15 and therefore had I read this book when I was a young adult I know for a fact I would have fallen completely in love with him after a page or two.I loved the relationship that was built up between him and Emma.

I loved the view this book had on celebrities. I liked seeing what fame did to the life of an ordinary person and how it changed their whole world and how that change was completely out of their control to the point where they couldn't simply pop out for coffee without being followed. Again I loved the message this book had when Emma had to make a decision between the two boys.

What I also love about this book is that Emma and her sister, to all intents and purposes, are just normal kids. You often see books where teenagers from divorced families are awful spoiled and attention seeking brats whereas in reality I think this is often far from the truth. I liked seeing how Emma just got on with her life (albeit with a bit of a chip on her shoulder about her father) but that it didn't give her an excuse to be horrible to people.

The feel of this book is perfect for a summery read lying on the beach especially when you get the LA vibe as Emma first visits the place.

All in all a book I really enjoyed. I can't put my finger on one thing that make it fantastic but trust me it is. It'll leave you with a warm and gorgeous feeling inside (a lovely YA contemp glow if you will) and keep you hooked from the first to the last page.

2 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Yay for the serious awesomeness of Emma Hearts LA!

Jesse @ Books 4 Teens said...

I really need to read this soon - I loved Keris' other books and I've read so many good reviews of this one.