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I Heart Hollywood is the second in a 5 book series from Lindsey Kelk, the first being I Heart New York.
I Heart Hollywood catches up with our heroine Angela, who is now thoroughly enjoying her new life in New York City. She is sharing a room with her BFF Jenny, rocking a new look and cosying down with new boyfriend Alex.
Angela is now working as a freelance writer and blogger, and when the ultimate assignment lands on her desk - to go to LA and interview the heart throb actor James Jacobs, she simply can't refuse.
Armed with her trusty Marc Jacobs handbag, her 'new' designer wardrobe, and her best friend Jenny this is going to be a breeze............or is it?
Well no! We have learned enough about Angela in the previous book (I Heart New York) to realise that nothing ever goes smoothly.
Landing herself into trouble with James Jacobs, work and Alex, whilst falling out with Jenny and finding herself unwittingly thrust into the public eye, it's possible that Angela's antics have gone a little too far this time and she is in danger of losing everything she has worked so hard for.
As I've already stated, this is the second book to be released in the ''I Heart'' series from Lindsey Kelk and it does not disappoint at all.
I find that sequels can often lose their way and become uninteresting. This is not the case with these books.
Angela, Jenny and the rest of the gang have already won a place in your heart by the end of the first novel. The second concentrates more on the relationships between everyone, but does not lose a single hint of the comedy genius that Miss Kelk has taught us.
It literally took me a day to read this one. I find myself praying for bad weather whenever one of Lindsey's books is released, so that I feel less guilty for spending the day on the couch doing nothing but reading!
I read books at an alarming rate, but there are very few that I don't sell on afterwards. The ''I Heart'' series is one of the few that remains on my bookshelves, and I feel I can go back to it again and again - especially when I need cheering up.
I've recommended these books to all of my friends, and those that have tried them have not been disappointed.
Get reading folks!
This is a review of the 2010 book 'I Heart Hollywood' by Lindsey Kelk. It is actually book two in a series of I heart... books but I launched straight into this second book without realising that I Heart New York is book one. Annoyingly I had the NY one but gave it to a friend in November as she was visiting NY and I thought it'd be nice for her to read it before she went. I note that other dooyooers have rated this book highly in their reviews. I'm sorry to say that I didn't think it was all that good and this book is compared to Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series which I really enjoyed reading. I didn't find this as 'real to life' and whilst I thought it was OK it didn't blow me away.
A bit about...
I heart Hollywood follows twenty something Angela Clark, an English girl who moved to New York in book one and then in this book she is sent on an assignment for work to Hollywood. Angela works as a blogger for a magazine and has been commissioned for a very special interview with the famous Brit actor James Jacob. He has specially requested Angela to do the review much to the disgust of her peers. Angela's roomie Jenny (Lopez) tags along with her for the week as a chance to take a holiday and catch up with some old friends.
It all goes wrong for Angela
In addition to being rather clumsy, Angela worries too much that she doesn't fit in with the LA look. As a size 12 pasty English girl she is paranoid about hanging out with the amazingly handsome actor James Jacob and worries about what people think. Getting papped is all part and parcel of her week in LA and the online world soon get the wrong idea about Angela and James. She has a fit boyfriend back in New York that gets wind of their supposed relationship and she spends half the time in the book trying to get hold of Alex to apologise for the rumours.
I enjoyed the modern twist of this book. The online gossip and photos come as a surprise to Angie but as a blogger you'd think she'd be wise to all this. I probably spoiled things by reading book number two first and don't think I can go back now as it does catch you up with the events of book one during book two.
Shopping features largely in this book so if you enjoy fashion and shopping you will appreciate these parts of the book. I loved the bit where Angela and Jenny go shoe shopping and are given Champagne by the shop who think they are going to be big spenders. There is a nod to 'Pretty Woman' in the film to which was also a nice touch.
I liked Angela to a fair extent but a few parts of her personality were a bit annoying. Her paranoia about size (although she admits nothing hangs out or over when wearing a bikini) were probably apt for LA context but annoying to me as a reader. Her persistence in clinginess with regards to boyfriend Alex and whether he hated her or not were irritating but I don't do a lot of texting or phoning if I know where someone is unless I need to tell them something. Her relationship with Jenny is a bit flammable too, they seem to be good friends and then small things blow up between them.
I have to say I guessed the storyline almost straight away. I won't say here what it is in case I ruin the reading for others but to me it was pretty obvious. I also noted some really bad grammar in the early pages (two cases within three pages of reading) which makes me want to put the book down as I start thinking about what it should be and how it should be written which interrupts the story line and the flow of the book. I'm not saying my writing is always perfect but I do think published works, especially by Harper should pick up on these things.
At the end of the book you get a few extra pages from the author about where to go and what to do if you find yourself in LA. The guide to LA includes shopping, drinks, eating out and hotels. There is also a taster for I heart New York if you didn't already read it then a plug for the next book in the series: I heart Paris.
I will be passing my copy on to the friend that I gave the New York book to as she will probably want to read this one.
I don't know if I am bothered enough about this book to read the next one in the series. Whilst it passed a pleasant few hours I have a few good books (I just know they are going to be a good read!) waiting to be read and so I raced through this one really. I had attempted to read the first few pages on a few occasions so just wanted to get it read as I seem to do a lot of that; picking up and putting down before I really get into books these days. This is probably due to the limited time I now have for reading as before children I had all the time in the world!!
I heart Hollywood
Lindsey Kelk. She is a British writer who now lives in New York. She has written a number of books including: the I Heart series, The Single Girls to do list as well as the short story Jenny Lopez has a bad week. She also has a column in Marie Claire and blogs about fashion, make-up and her life.
Angela Clarke is the main character in this film. She lives in London with her partner and is in her mid to late twenties. She has a violent streak about her in the book and doesn't face things head on, she tends to run away. Jenny Lopez was Angela's savoir when she moved to New York and has become her best friend. Alex, the boyfriend, is still about and as hot and talented as ever. The rest of the girls Erin and Vanessa pop up in the book too. Then we meet James Jacobs, a British actor who has a bad reputation and a very dark secret.
Angela is still in New York with best friend Jenny Lopez. Alex Reid her rock star boyfriend is as loving as ever too. Things seem to be looking up for Angela when she lands a job interviewing actor James Jacobs, in Hollywood. With Jenny in tow they head of. But things do not go how Angela planned and she risks losing everything she holds most dear. Will it work out for Angela in the end?
Being a fan of the I heart New York book I had high hopes for this book. But I was slightly disappointed with the turn out. The characters were all great as usually and I enjoyed the story up until Angela went to Hollywood and things started to go wrong. I think it could have been the introduction of James Jacobs that annoyed me, as he seemed to ruin everything that Angela tried to achieve. I liked the fact that Alex was still about in this book, but I would have enjoyed a bit more of him in it, as he is one of my favourite characters. This book was good in one way though as it taught us more about Jenny Lopez. I would read this book as it is part of a set, but it was not my favourite of Lindsey Kelk's books.
**Where to get it**
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I mentioned in a previous review, that I had recently visited my local library to get some books to pass the time as I await the birth of my baby. All the novels I picked were of the chick lit kind, with some better than others. One of the books that I chose was this one 'I heart Hollywood' by Lindsey Kelk, which is actually one of a series of novels based on the 'I heart...' (place) theme. I did recognise the author's name from reviews on dooyoo, but had previously never read anything by Kelk.
The small blurb on the front of the book says' Scandal, celebrity and secrets on the sunset strip'. This story is based around one main female charactes Angela Clark, who came to New York to get away from a cheating partner in England and to start a new life. Having established her own blog for a magazine, she is enjoying her life, with a musician boyfriend Alex who she adores and a nutty but protective flat mate Jenny. The story however is not based around New York (that is a whole other book) but instead around time spent by Angela and her flatmate Jenny in Hollywood, when Angela is sent there by the magazine she works for to do an interview with the very eligible (or so everyone thinks) actor James Jacobs, who since he is from England himself, requests Angela to do an interview with him to show that he is not just a ladies man with a bad reputation.
Angela isn't too keen to go to LA at the start, especially when it comes to leaving her boyfriend, who doesn't appear to be overly worried or concerned about her going on this trip to interview a rather famous actor. Jenny, her flatmate has had her own previous experiences in LA and is keen to go with her, show her the sights and meet up with an old flame, in a bid to get over her own heartache. When Angela eventually gets to meet the lovely James Jacobs, and his entourage including Blake, she finds herself trying to resist the actors charms, which becomes increasinly difficult with his continual flirting and a boyfriend who doesn't seem to return her calls. The problems all start however when the paparazzi get a hold of photographs of Angela and James, that make it look as if there is more going on than there should be. Hardly surprising then that Jenny, Alex and even her magazine boss are none too pleased. Although it seems like a waste of time trying to prove otherwise to them all, when Angela discovers a truth about James Jacobs, she realises she can prove that she has done nothing improper, but she needs James to play ball, and help her.
I have to say, that despite a somewhat slow start, I did very much enjoy this novel. I thought the characters both those based in New York and those in LA where very realistic, particulary those in Hollywood. I did think however that sometimes flatmate Jenny could be a little immature when Angela was trying to work and always huffing and puffing, and to be honest, I would wonder why Angela would bother with her childish ways at times. I found myself liking James at first as well, however he almost seemed too goo to be true, but when the plot developed, and another side of him appeared, everything fell into place. I can't really fault this book, as I enjoyed the read. It is not a challenging read, and certainly something to pass the time, or take on holiday with you as light summer reading. I cannot say that I found it funny, but I did find it enjoyable, and would read another of Kelk's novels again.
Angela Clarke is happy living in New York and has settled in well after moving from England. She has a good job working for a magazine and writing a blog, she also has a very hot boyfriend, Alex who is the singer in a band. Angela is having a good time with her life but she is not happy with the weather as it is so cold in New York. She gets a break though when her Boss asks her to go to Hollywood and interview a top actor, James Jacob who is also a Brit.
Angela has a hard decision to make about the interview as she has never interviewed anyone before, let alone someone as famous as James. She also does not want to leave her boyfriend as they have only recently got back together again and she hates to be apart form him. Angela does make the decision to go and her best friend Jenny goes with her.
After arriving in Hollywood where the weather is amazing and so is the scenery she sets about making her interview one of the best pieces she has ever written. Things start to go wrong though when Angela meets James and discovers that he is not the ladies man she was lead to believe but a very nice pleasant and extremely good looking man. James start to flirt with Angela which does not help the feelings she is having for him. Can Angela get past her feelings and make the interview her best yet and will her relationship with Alex survive the separation?
I have only given a very brief outline of the plot for this book but do not think it this basic as there is so much more happening in the book but I just don not want to spoil it for those who have not read this one. I have read one of the I heart books before and thoroughly enjoyed it so had no problems with starting to read this one. The problem I had was I read the I heart Paris book first which is the book written after this one so I had an idea of where the story was going and what was going to happen but I managed not to let this put me off and I really managed to enjoy the book. The story is great and despite being about film stars and Hollywood it is quite down to Earth and very believable.
The character of Angela is a good one and she is so easy to get to know and understand. She has normal problems which we all face and I thought these made her so much more down to earth and normal. She came across as a little bit dopey at times with some of the daft things she did and the scrapes she got herself into but for me it just made the story much more entertaining to read. I found the friendship she had with jenny to be great and totally believable and I loved how close they were and spoke the truth to each other. Jenny was another good character and I found her to be so much stronger and independent to Angela and the contrast worked well.
We had some other very good characters in the story and the main ones were Alex and James. They were completely different from each other, Alex was quite and just got on with his life and James was a world famous actor and I think the difference between them is what made them both very appealing. The inclusion of Angela's Mom and Dad was also nice as it meant we got a little background detail about her and got to know a little about her past and why she thought and acted as she did.
The book is set in Hollywood and we get a lot of detail about the City and the places visited by Angela and I found that the details we got meant I was able to easily get a good mental picture of the characters and settings. I always enjoy this in a book as it means I find it easier to follow and get into.
There is a good mix of humour and sorrow in the book, Angela has a hard time and this is explained well and given just the right amount of heart ache but there is always some funny snippet which comes out which brings the book back to the light hearted read it is meant to be. I did at times feel so sorry for Angela but then there were others when I just wanted to shake her and tell her to get on with things and I like the way I got so attached to the story and characters.
The writing style is good and means that it is very easy to read and enjoy. It is not a deep or heavy story so this for me makes an excellent bedtime read. I found the details were just enough to help me follow and keep a good mental picture but not overly detailed so got bored at any point. The story moves at a good pace from start to finish and there were no times when I felt it was dragging on.
The version of the book which I have is the paper back edition and this was published by Harper Collins and has a retail price of £6.99. It is well worth this price tag but do shop around as I managed to et this for just £2 in a small book shop when on holiday. There are other books in the I Heart series and they too are well worth reading. They don't really need reading in order as this is a good stand alone book.
I am happy to give this book the full 5 stars as it thoroughly entertained me from start to finish. The characters are good and easy to get to know and the story is not taxing and easy to read. The mix of emotions included just adds to the read experience. I highly recommend this book.
I had previously read I heart new York and really liked it, then read I heart Paris which was actually the 3rd one in the series so I thought that I'd better get the second one to see what I'd missed.
Angela Clarke is back and her life is going great, she lives in New York with her best friend, has a dream job blogging about New York and has an amazing boy friend. Then it seems like her life is getting even better when Mary offers her a really important job, an interview with Hollywood's most eligible bachelor James Jacobs but her whole life hinges on it, if she messed it up she'll have no job, and therefore no visa and won't be able to live in New York anymore.
I really enjoyed this instalment of Angela Clarke's adventures and thought that it was just as good as I heart New York and I heart Paris, I don't know where she can go next maybe soon we'll be seeing I heart London or I heart Rome! Angela is a really likeable character and she seems to manage to somehow wreck situations in totally original ways. It is classic chick lit with a few twists that you might not see coming, I liked the twist with James Jacobs at the end. It has 350 pages and is available from amazon for £2.98 which is where I bought my copy from and I found it to be a very reasonable price for such a page turner! Also just like in New York and Paris I felt like I really did learn a lot about the city and the feel and vibe of it, after this I think I'd still pick to go to New York over Hollywood as Angela would! Highly recommended.
As you would have seen from my previous reviews I didnt realise these books were part of a series and I had read the last one before the first!! I heart Hollywood is the second of three books in Lindsey Kelks I Heart series and having enjoyed the other two in the series I decided to read the middle remaining one.
The main character of the I heart books is Angela Clark. Angela has moved to New York after she found her husband having an affair in the back of their car at their best friend's wedding. She had to get away from everyone so she fled to New York which is where we left her in the first book building her new life, dating and writing her blog for the Look.
In I heart Hollywood Angela Clark is given a big opportunity to go to Hollywood and interview the gorgeous actor James Jacobs.
Things take a rollercoaster turn for Angela when Photographs of her and James are released making it look like they are an item this causes huge problems with her relationship with new boyfriend Alex, and with her work she is close to losing her job which also means losing her Visa and having to go back to her old life in England.
Angela has to try and prove that there is nothing going on between her and James but this is not going to be easy. No one believes her and she has to admit looking at the pictures it does paint a pretty convincing story. But Angela finds out some information which could save her but will she be able to prove it?
I really enjoyed this book although I have to say it was my least favourite out of the three books in the series. I didn't warm to Angela as much in this book as the other two but I do not feel this ruined the book. All the way through the book you are constantly hoping that things will turn around for Angela as she has so much to lose after she has built her life back up.
I would recommend this book but I would say make sure you do read the first book before as although you will still follow the storyline easily enough you may not like the character of Angela as her characteristics are built up to you in the first book. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of the I Heart books.
This is the next chapter in Angela Clark's life (following on from I Heart New York). It involves Angela jetting off to Hollywood, with her New York BFF, with the assignment of spending a week with a hot stud of an actor for The Look magazine she writes her blog for. The aim is to interview James Jacobs, however things don't exactly go the way they should... Paparazzi get involved, leaving Angela's life a mess of a scandal. So much is riding on her succeeding, and that's not just her job! The story is gripping, and at no point boring. Every word coerces you into reading the next.
I like the style in which the author writes. Throughout dialogue, you also read about the distracted thoughts of Angela. Although at times frustrating, it adds to the realistic feeling of the book. Like the previous book, I felt like a fly on the wall to her life. It felt like nothing was missed out; every thought, feeling and action was displayed for the reader. It felt like I too was along for the rollercoaster ride. This book had me up until 3am as there is no good part to put it down! It also had me laughing out loud in many occasions.
I would truly recommend this book to anyone who has a) read I Heart New York (and liked it!) and b) loves romcom books!
I love a good read me , and lately having had a few weeks off work , I have done a lot of reading! Despite my huge love of reading , I tend to stick withing my 'comfort zone' and only read autobiographies or chick-lit , and I never tend to step out of this zone. One of the books which I recently read is one by Lindsey Kelk called 'I Heart Hollywood' ; also the author of 'I Heart Paris' and 'I Heart New York' (which I had read a while ago). I Heart Hollywood , is fairly recent , released in early 2010. The book is available to buy for a price of £3.50 from Amazon , which I think is good value.
Angela Clark , a young English woman , is living in New York with her gorgeous boyfriend as well as doing the job she has always dreamed of. Angela is over the moon when her latest assignment means she gets to interview a hot British actor , but what will happen when the paparazzi take a photograph of them in an awkward position , which means she is all of a sudden famous ? Read I Heart Hollywood to find out!
This book is right up my street ; I love the whole glamour , and whole celebrity 'thing' , and at three hundred and thirty six pages , there is a lot of reading to do! I liked how the book moved so fast , and didn't contain too much descriptive writing (as normally if there's tos much writing about one little thing , I switch off) but this book was perfect ,in terms that it moved quite quickly , yet not so fast that you would lose track of what was happening.
'I Heart..." is one of my favourite ever book series ; I loved the previous one , 'New York' and so when I heard that there was going to be a sequel , I could not wait to get a copy of the book! They're such 'fun' books to read , and really keep you entertained! I love the writer too , and she has now been added to my list of favourite authors along with Sophie Kinsella and Paige Toon!
I loved the storyline ; it's 'so Hollywood' , and I thought it had a really interesting twist , how one single photograph changed her life. It also shows you , how difficult life must be for celebrities who have their lives followed , and are photographed at every opportunity. One thing which I liked about the book which was different , was the fact that in this book , Angela actually works at her relationship unlike a lot of other characters in other chick-lit books , where the book always begins with them splitting up with their boyfriend and their going off and doing their own thing and finding love again. I liked the fact that the book was slightly different , and wasn't so predictable.
I really liked the character Angela ; she was just so sweet and innocent , and just very likeable ; it makes you wish that she was real person so that you could be friends. I liked the character so much and felt that I had got to know her so well , that I was sad when the book finished as it meant saying goodbye to the character. Hopefully there will be a sequel to this book!
If you love a bit of chick-lit , then I would most definately recommend this book to you!
Thanks for reading!
July 23rd 2010
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I honestly seem to be reading more than usual lately! I have so many books on my shelf and still buy more every month. One of the ones I went out and bought as soon as it hit the shelves even though I already had plenty to be getting on with, was this one because I had read the first one in the series a while back and had loved it very much.
Lindsey Kelk is another author I hadn't come across until my friend offered to lend me her copy of 'I heart New York'. I read that and enjoyed it that much that when I saw this I knew I had to get it. From what I can gather she is a British author who moved to New York herself. She is also a children's book editor.
Angela moved to New York in the last book to get away from her cheating boyfriend - since living in New York she has found a brilliant job, new friends and is now currently hooked up with a great guy who is in a band! When the hottest star in Hollywood specifically asks for Angela to come and interview her on the basis alone that she is British just like him, she cannot refuse to do the interview and so before she knows it she is off to Hollywood - unable to turn down a great opportunity her friend Jenny decides to hitch along for some fun in Hollywood!
However things start to get a little out of hand when before long Angela is being snapped with the hot actor and her boyfriend back in New York starts to suspect something is going on! How can Angela explain what looks like some very suspicious pictures and will she ever get the interview the magazine wants from her?
The character of Angela is already a well developed one from the first book but, if you haven't read that one you would still be able to follow this as she kind of tells the story of what has happened so far as the plot needs it. She can be a bit scatty and naïve but, is very likable as she comes across as a very down to earth women who has found herself in a bit of a sticky situation!
Her friend Jenny on the other hand comes across as a bit crazy - in some ways I like her character and in other ways I am not sure as she is a good friend to Angela and this is shown very well in the book but, she also comes across as a bit of a nightmare to live with when she is having man problems and then turns on her friends! However the fact that I get all these feelings from the book mans the author has done a good job of creating the characters and brining them across in the book!
Of course I didn't pay full price for this book - what review have you ever read from me where I have?! This was part of the 3 for 2 offer in Waterstones. I am not sure if it would still fall under this offer but, you can still get hold of this book in most book stores.
I really enjoyed this second book from Lindsey Kelk - I think I enjoyed it more than the first actually as because I already knew the characters it was very easy to fall back into the lives of them straight away and plus then it gave me the added bonus of really wanting to know what had happened since I last read about them! There is due to be a third book out shortly named 'I heart Paris' which again is another follow up and I am quite looking forward to this as once again I get to read about characters I already like and know and once again get to see what they have been up to and what is happening now! I would recommend this book to anyone but, would say you might want to read 'I heart New York' first as that way I think you would enjoy this one even more.
Angela Clark has barely been settled in New York for 6 months when her editor at The Look magazine tells her that she's being given a special assignment: she's off to La-La land to interview an actor hotter than Brad Pitt - James Jacobs. Angela duly takes up the challenge and sets off to LA with best friend Jenny, however when she gets there she finds that LA isn't as glamorous as she thought it would be and the only sane person there is James. Matters are made worse when Angela and James are snapped in an uncompromising position and Angela is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Can Angela make her boyfriend believe there's truly nothing going on between herself and James?
I have to admit that after hating I Heart New York I was incredibly dubious about reading I Heart Hollywood. However, I'm always willing to give an author a second chance and since I was sent this by the publishers I decided to read it pretty much as soon as I'd finished I Heart New York. A day later and I've finished it and while I think it was better than I Heart New York, that's hardly a compliment.
I Heart Hollywood picks up two months after I Heart New York and starts, much like the first book, at a wedding. A chapter or two later and Angela is heading off to LA. The start to the book was hardly pacey and I thought I'd end up getting bored 60 pages in like it's predecessor. In a carbon copy of I Heart New York, Angela seems to have everything fall into her lap when she gets to LA, particularly when it comes to James Jacobs. They get along straight away which is believable enough, but the book then goes into "OMG so unbelievable" territory by making it seem as if James loves Angela (after she throws up and passes out on him, no less) and they end up being featured on gossip websites - Perez Hilton gets a mention! - which portray them as a new couple. Quelle surprise, Angela's boyfriend sees the snaps and all of a sudden, Angela's in a bit of a pickle. Again. Angela protests her innocence, but doesn't deny she wasn't thinking about it...
Most of the principle characters from I Heart NY return; Angela, Alex, Jenny, as well as the addition of James Jacobs. It says it all that after two books my favourite character is the newest addition. Angela is the same as ever, having everything fall into her lap so seamlessly, being completely blind to everything happening around her and generally, being a poor woman's Becky Bloomwood. I loved Alex in the first book but really wasn't a fan of him in Hollywood, he was like a totally different character. I loved Jenny in the first book, too, and thankfully, she was the same as ever. The book would have been miles better is she was the principle character as she brings life to the whole book and without her it's a bit of a dud. Adding James Jacobs helped the book enormously as far as I'm concerned and I thought he was fantastic. Such a shame we probably won't see him again. There are a few minor characters who appear/reappear but there roles were so small, you'd barely notice them.
The worst thing about both books is the unbelievability factor. I love Becky Bloomwood's Shopaholic adventures because it manages to stay a bit true to real life but the I Heart books make it so difficult for me to imagine because it's as if they're happening in an alternate universe. There's a recession going on but Angela has no problem spending thousands of dollars on clothes... The book has no realism whatsoever. Also, there's a huge twist involving James Jacobs and his personality change after we learn his secret is rather astounding. I was truly gobsmacked at how quickly he changed, it was so unbelievable I could have laughed. Kelk's writing has improved a little bit, though, so I give her credit for that. Angela is no longer revered as a hero, thank God, which is another plus. Don't get me wrong I Heart Hollywood IS better than I Heart New York and I found myself enjoying it much more but if I don't like the principle character (she still calls men boys, by the way) there isn't too much hope for me to really love the book and get lost in it. Funny thing is, I will undoubtedly end up reading I Heart Paris... don't ask...
'I Heart Hollywood' is the second instalment of Lindsey Kelk's series about Angela Clark. In the previous novel 'I Heart New York', Angela had fled her English life after finding her ex-boyfriend in a very compromising position at her best friend's wedding. Her out-of-character decision found her jobless and friendless in New York.
Fast forward to this story and Angela can't believe her luck - she has the dream job and a gorgeous boyfriend and all is looking rosy. Then, it seems, her luck is getting even better when her boss sends her to interview the hottest Brit actor around, James Jacobs, in Hollywood. Angela is all set for a fabulous fortnight of shopping, sunbathing and working with the rich and famous and takes her American best friend with her to enjoy the fun. What could possibly go wrong?
It seems ladykiller James Jacobs, whilst charming and charismatic, has a bit of a secret that must be upheld or he'll face career devastation. He, along with his PR army, will do anything to keep his secret and they don't care who they take down and Angela finds herself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Can she possibly save her job, her relationship and her friendship with her best friend all at the same time?
I absolutely love 'I Heart New York' and I couldn't wait to read this next chapter in Angela's story. Whilst I did enjoy it, I couldn't help feel let down - perhaps due to my anticipation or perhaps due to the fact that the story just wasn't as good, I'm not quite sure.
The main characters from the first novel are all back and they are just as good as they were in the first. The new characters are all equally well written and, for the most part, brought a lot to this new story. However, Angela's American best friend has a history with Hollywood and it takes her away from the story a bit. Whilst the two were as thick as thieves together in the first book, they spent much more time living their own individual lives in this one and I think it was detrimental to the story a bit as it was one of the things I enjoyed most about 'I Heart New York'.
The setting of course is Hollywood, but it is painted as a bit of a facade, rather much as I think the real Hollywood is. If you peel away the dazzling exterior, you are left with a much more seedy and unlikeable place. Whereas Kelk painted New York as a dream place full of romance and wonder, Hollywood is a little disappointing in comparison.
It is very hard, as you can probably tell, not to draw comparisons between the two books so far in the series. But I think that if you hadn't read the first one, you wouldn't enjoy the second as it just doesn't have the same engaging style of the first. It is fun to find out what happens next in Angela's life, but I don't think it is a good starting place. The next book in the series is 'I Heart Paris' and I really do 'heart' Paris, so Ill definitely be reading that - I just hope that Kelk can get the story back on track and the characters back to their original best.
Angela Clark is back... and this time she's heading the hills of Hollywood! After being cheated on at her best friend's wedding and consequently fleeing to New York, Angela is now settled in her relationship with boyfriend Alex and enjoying her job as a high flying journalist. She's stunned when she's called in to her editor's office to find she's being sent to interview Hollywood heart-throb and fellow Brit James Jacobs. Angela flies across the US to Hollywood, and is greeted by sunshine, beaches and Rodeo Drive. Together with her best friend Jenny, they enjoy the unexpected trip and Angela sets to work interviewing James. But with Angela, nothing ever goes smoothly. The paparazzi photo Angela in some rather compromising pictures with James, and she has to fight to get everyone to believe there is nothing to the pictures. Will her interview be a success, or is she going to end up on the first flight back to Britain?
Lindsey Kelk first came to my attention when her debut novel I Heart New York was released last summer. It was a massive hit, and I was excited to find out there were going be another 4 or 5 adventures starring Angela Clark which followed her along her journeys around the world. Due to the success of I Heart New York, the publishers haven't waited all that long before releasing the second book by Kelk, and so I Heart Hollywood was released this month. It follows Angela as she goes over to Hollywood, and I was hoping it was going be as enjoyable as the first book.
What struck me first of all about this was I felt that it had a bit of a slow start. I was a little disappointed by this as the first book began with quite a bang and you were straight in there with Angela, but I found it quite tough to get into this one initially. However, once the book moved over to Hollywood, I found it slightly easier to get on with and I became more engrossed in the story. Angela is once again very likeable and you feel she is like what you would be yourself in such a place - in awe and a bit of a tourist! The relationship between her and best friend Jenny Lopez is slightly different in this book but it works because the pair are much closer and better friends than in the first book.
The part of the story I really enjoyed was when Angela began to meet the Hollywood star James Jacobs. At first he seems like a typical male diva, but as Angela gets to know him, the characters start to really get on and the result is quite a hilarious mistaken relationship between the pair by the paparazzi! It takes a few twists and turns along the way and finally ends in a shocking revelation that I didn't see coming at all! I reckon a lot of people will say that they saw it a mile off, but I didn't and I'm glad I didn't because it worked very well in the story and I think it was a good twist to put in! James was a likeable character though, and I enjoyed his presence throughout the book, far more than Angela's drippy boyfriend Alex anyway!
As you read, you get the sense that Kelk really knows what she is talking about when it comes to Hollywood and the sites and sounds of it. Kelk does a great job of describing the beaches, the shops, the people and the general atmosphere of Hollywood and it makes it fun to read because you can imagine the places in your head. What I really enjoyed was how out of place Angela felt because she wasn't stick thin and a bleach blonde, but this makes her more likeable, and far more English too! You can't help but like her, even if things do seem to go rather well for her(!) and this is crucial in a book like this which is written from Angela's perspective.
I really enjoyed this read, and I was pleased to see Angela back again. Yees, these books are quite light and fluffy because everything seems to go perfectly for Angela and she must be the luckiest girl in the world because she always seems to land on her feet, but this is escapist reading and I love it. It's nice to read about Hollywood and Kelk's writing has definitely improved from her first book to this one. I understand that there are still another few books with Angela in them, the next being I Heart Paris which is due later this year and I look forward to that too! If you enjoyed I Heart Hollywood, then you are going to want to pick up a copy of this to read Angela's next adventure! An enjoyable read, and its nice to escape all the snow with the hot beaches of Hollywood, if only in my mind!!
ISBN: 978-0007288403. Published by HarperCollings in January 2010. The paperback has 336 pages and an RRP of £6.99.
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I'd had enough of reading about English girls going to America and leading perfect lives, then their old lives catching up, and then the happy ending, but this book was heavily praised in quite a few magazines so I decided to see what all the fuss is about.
The book stars Angela Clark, an English women who lives in New York, working at 'The Look' magazine and with a sexy boyfriend to boot. The woman who usually does celebrity interviews is off sick, so Angela is given the chance to jet off with a friend and meet fellow Brit James Jacobs, the current Hollywood heart throb. Jetting off into the sunset, she's excited about the glitz and glamour of fame, and the amazing beaches! She soon realizes that Hollywood isn't quite what is seems, though...
James is a likeable character. The story is a bit cliched, with James being the 'only' nice person around, and him getting a bit to close to the 'normal' girl. I was about to give up reading when I saw him ask her to keep their relationship secret, but when the sneaky paparazzi get a misleading picture of them together, the book takes a twist of its own, and is much more readable!
Angela's life changes massively when the picture is printed, and this is the best part of the book. Her boss is thrilled, but her boyfriend is less so...and her family disapprove. Being a writer for a huge magazine, and a massive gossip fan, doesn't exactly help her convince everyone not to believe everything they read...
In truth, too much of this book was identical to the thousand other novels, but if you stick with it, Kelk manages to make some parts her own. The writing is very basic, but Kelk writes some brilliant one liners which save the book, and make it a really funny read. It's not hard to see why magazines love it, just don't expect an intellectual need!