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Paige Toon is a recently new author to me. I came across one of her books Chasing Daisy last week which I thoroughly enjoyed so when I stumbled across Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon I could walk past it. I started this book last night in bed and finished it off today whilst I was in hospital having my treatment. It was that good that a few times the nurses spoke to me and I was so engrossed I didn't answer! This is Paige Toon's second book.
Meg Stiles is given the opportunity of a life time when she is offered a job to become a PA for a big rock star thing is she has to leave her life in England behind her and live in LA.
When she arrives in LA it is quite obvious her life is going to be somewhat different now. She finds herself at showbiz parties and top class gigs, could she be any further away from her old life back in England. Things are not as glamorous as it seems though as Meg finds herself falling for her boss the well known drug, drink and woman lover, Johnny Jefferson. Are his feelings the same as Megs and if not can she make him fall in love with her?
I enjoyed this book. I felt like it was on the same level as Chasing Daisy. Again with this book you warm instantly to the main character, Meg who is warm and caring and down to earth she feels like your typical girl next door. Johnny Jefferson's character is like a rollercoaster, one minute her is a typical selfish, bigheaded celebrity which made you dislike him especially the way he treats Meg and his friend Christian when he is like this, then the next minute his character seems to soften and come down to our level and you start to warm to him and feel a little sorry for him in parts but this is short lived!
There are many characters in this book but I do not find that this got confusing at any point. I also found that the chapters in this book are short which is a great help when you have only got time to read a few pages you can leave it at the end of a chapter.
The only thing I personally didn't like about this book is that the ending leaves us as the reader on a cliff hanger, we don't know what actually what the true outcome is and I do not like this in a book unless there is another book to come but I have heard nothing about a follow up book to this one. This book would have easily got a 5 star from me had the ending been tied up nicely but now I am left wondering what really happens!
This book would be great as a holiday read especially to those of you who love chick-lit style books.
I got Johnny Be Good ages ago from Read It Swap It after reading Paige Toon's debut novel Lucy in the Sky. I put it on my bookshelf and then forgot all about it until I read a great review from a fellow dooyooer, and decided to dig it out!!
Meg Stiles is working as a PA to an architect in London, when her boss recommends her to be the PA of wild boy rock god Johnny Jefferson. After all she has never seen what all the fuss is about with Johnny, and he has a gorgeous celebrity girlfriend anyway, so falling for the boss is not going to be a problem. Despite his last PA mysteriously resigning after only 8 months, Meg is confident that she can handle the job. A week later she has flown out to LA and is lounging round the pool of his mansion, awaiting the arrival of her new boss. Soon her life is all movie premieres, driving Porches and hanging out with other celebrity PA's. However the LA lifestyle is a lot different to her old London life and Johnny is a lot harder to manage. Luckily she has Christian, Johnny's best mate and writer of his biography, around to keep her grounded and sane. But will she succumb to the rock god's charms, and will Johnny's lifestyle turn Meg's American dream into a nightmare.
I read this book over a couple of nights, and found once I got into it I just could not put it down. The book is written in the first person narrative from Meg's perspective, which means you really get to know her as a character. I normally prefer third person narrative as I feel that you get a better feel for a range of characters, but felt that first person was absolutely the way to go with this. Although the book is not diarised you feel like a voyeur on her life, seeing tinsel town through her eyes and all the perks and drawbacks that the celebrity lifestyle has to offer.The style is quite chatty and feels like a story being told by a friend. Meg is down to earth and likeable, and although she is quite naive at times, that can be forgiven by the extremity of the situations she was exposed to.
Despite myself I found myself warming to Johnny too - ok most of his demons were bought upon himself but there was something very raw and honest about him, that when he shows a vulnerable side you just want to give him a cuddle!! Christian comes across as the solid reliable good guy, the angel to Johnny's devil, and his obsession with sweets made me smile! I like the way that Paige Toon really brings her characters to life, and makes sure that even a minor character is three dimensional. I really liked Rosa, Johnny's house keeper, and Kitty - another celebrity PA.
The thing I really liked about this book is it is not as predictable and straight forward as I expected. The loud pink and blue cover screamed holiday read, and I already had preconceptions on how it was going to end by about 30 pages in. However, although there were tiny elements of predictability, I am very pleased to say it didn't go the way I thought it would. In fact the epilogue caused me to gasp out loud! I was slightly disappointed at the end, but only because I desperately didn't want it to end so I guess that is a good thing!!
As I mentioned, I got this in exchange for another book, but if you wanted to buy it then you can get it new on Amazon for £4.86, or £2.76 used. As the book is over two years old, you should be able to pick it up cheaply in charity shops etc.
Flying from her home in London to her new job in LA, Meg is thrown into a whirlwind new life. Living in a mansion and being able to take a swim in the huge pool every morning, meeting and hanging out with the rich and famous, and flying all over the world on tour are just some of the things that are included in Meg's new life. But the most important one is that she now has a job that any girl would die for - working as PA to Johnny Jefferson, one of the world's most famous and most gorgeous rock stars.
But Meg soon finds out that her glamorous job isn't all it's cracked up to be. With fame comes drink, drugs, parties that go on long into the night, and many many women, and Johnny is never far from them all.
Along the way, Johnny's friend Christian gives Meg a hand in finding her feet in this new high-demanding world. But, despite all Johnny's bad behaviour, Meg can't help but be attracted to him and she soon learns that you should never mix business with pleasure.
~ My Opinion ~
Having loved the other two books of Paige Toon's, when I saw this in the shop I knew I had to buy it straight away. I already knew that I would really enjoy this and I had pretty high expectations given how good the other two were and I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed.
Meg is a great character as she's down to earth, honest and friendly and, even when she starts to become part of the fame and glamour life style, she still remains this way and doesn't start boasting about how she is working for one of the most famous singers.
Christian is a lovely friendly character and it's obvious that he would be the best choice as a boyfriend for Meg. However, despite Johnny's drinking, drug taking and womanising, there is still something about Johnny that you can't resist as the reader, so it's easy to see why Meg also feels this way.
Although Christian isn't in the entire story and just makes appearances from time to time when he visits LA from London, he is one of the main characters. It's pretty obvious that there's a connection between him and Meg and I just kind of expected them to end up together. Meg and Christian have a great friendship but Meg and Johnny also get on very well and have quite a bit of sexual tension when they're together. So when the three characters were all together it did get a little weird in places as it sort of seemed like some strange love triangle/threesome kind of thing, but without anything actually having happened.
I didn't think that this book was quite as good as the other two, especially Chasing Daisy, which is one of my favourite chick-lit books ever. But it is still a brilliant read and Paige Toon has very quickly become one of my favourite authors even though she hasn't written that many books. Her stories are always very truthful and realistic yet she makes them funny, interesting and entertaining, and to be honest, perfect reading.
If you're a fan of chick-lit, then you should definitely give Paige Toon a try and Johnny Be Good is a great place to start.
Meg works as a PA in London but is told by her boss that she has recommended her to become a PA for a world rock star in LA. She persuades Meg to take the job. Meg cannot believe it. When she gets to his house in LA she is shown around, her room, her office, the swimming pool etc you can really start to get a feel for the star life as you read this book. She then meets Johnny, who most certainly has sex appeal but also has that star arrogance. You become suspicious that the last PA left because of a fling with Johnny. Johnny has a new girlfriend now.
Christian, (Johnnys best mate) turns up to do some journalist work for Johnny. Christian and Meg hit it off straight away and Christian starts to show Meg around LA. Slowly Meg starts to get feelings for Johnny and johnny starts to pay her attention. This is a whirl wind love triangle. Read it to find out more. The story is well written and you get a great feel for the star life in LA. The book also keeps you on your toes, wanting to find out more.
The ending is left a little abruptly, some peoples reviews i have read state that this wasnt good but it leaves you thinking. It is definatley film material. I have spoken to the author and she has informed me that she may write a sequale to it. PICK IT UP FROM AMAZON used for less than £3.00, you wont be disappointed
Meg Stiles is off to la-la land to be a Celebrity Personal Assistant (CPA) to the hottest rock star on the planet, Johnny Jefferson. She can't believe her luck and she jets off to LA looking forward to meeting her new boss. Johnny is just as gorgeous in real life but Meg vows that the last thing she's going to do is fall in love with him, especially since he already has a girlfriend. When Johnny's friend Christian comes over to LA to write Johnny's auto-biography, he and Meg strike up a fantastic friendship. However, once Johnny and Meg begin to get closer to each other, will she have to go back on the vow she made?
When I read a review of Paige Toon's debut novel Lucy in The Sky is Heat magazine (the magazine she used to work for, no less) I thought it sounded fantastic and was so thrilled to spot a copy in the book swap one day. I absolutely loved it and was thrilled to see Paige was bringing out a second book, Johnny Be Good. I asked a friend to bring me over a copy and I got stuck into it immediately, hoping it would be just as good as Lucy In The Sky.
Johnny Be Good is, if possible, even better than Lucy In The Sky. I've read it at least three times and each time I've come to re-read the book, I'm always surprised that the entire book gets me every time. There are many books that focus on a regular human being going off to LA and falling in love with a rock star and yet Johnny Be Good feels as if it's the first one to ever have that plot. The book instantly sucks you in with it's chatty tone and before you know it, you'll be hooked.
I immediately loved Meg. She's similar to Lucy (the heroine of Lucy in the Sky) and I warmed to her quickly. She doesn't let working for Johnny Jefferson phase her and she just gets on with it, without blinking an eyelid. I was surprised to find that, despite all of his problems, I did like Johnny. He's definitely a bad-boy rock-star rather than a squeaky-clean one but he definitely has something that pulls you in and the way he and Meg bounce off each other was fantastic to read. I also liked Christian, Johnny's best friend, he was the complete opposite to Johnny and it was hard to see how they were friends but they were, and good ones, too.
For me, the only downside to what is a stunning book, was the ending. It's left so open-ended that, after finishing it the first time, I was left thinking it over and wondering what on Earth had just happened. Even after reading it three times, it's still a mind-boggling ending. However I didn't have to worry too much because we do get answers from Paige's third book Chasing Daisy. Because that's what Paige does; she brings back her previous characters from her previous book and updates us on how they're doing. I loved that little snippet of Lucy in Johnny Be Good.
Overall, Johnny Be Good is a fantastic read and one you ought not to miss. If you're looking for a fresh new talent in chick lit, you can't go far wrong with Paige Toon. She's a fantastic writer and I look forward to many more books.
Johhny Be Good is the second release from Paige Toon, who had a hit last summer with Lucy In The Sky, and it's a really enjoyable read like the first. In fact, I grabbed it in a 30 second dash through an airport bookshop on the basis that I'd really enjoyed her first book.
Meg is a 20-something living in London, enjoying her job as a PA. However when her boss has a business dinner with some friends, everything changes. Johnny Jefferson, the British bad boy of music needs a new assistant, and she's just recommended Meg for the job. Within days, Meg is flying out to LA where Johnny now lives, and trying to come to terms with life in the shadow of one of the beautiful, famous people.
Life's a bit different in La La Land, and Meg soon finds out that in addition to her old duties of organising meetings and co-ordinating diaries, she now has to monitor her boss' drug and alcohol intake, keep track of his overnight visitors and deal with the guy writing his biography, an old friend from England. Well this one at least she can deal with - he's a nice, down to Earth guy, and one of Johnny's oldest friends - but the others push her to the limit at times. LA is no normal place to work. Everywhere Meg turns there are paparazzi harassing her (as she drives one of Johnny's cars), ex-conquests of his stalking her, tabloid gossips to contend with, and a massive rumour mill even within the music/acting community. Still, with a boss that attractive it's hard to say no, and when he relaxes around her and starts to show the real him, well then she's really in trouble. Could Meg, the girl who didn't even know much about her superstar boss when she started, and who prefers Kylie actually be falling for this bad boy?
This is one of the best books I've read in ages, and one of my favourite airport reads. The author works at Heat magazine which is probably a great source of inside knowledge on the industry, and the writing, like the magazine's style, is casual and upbeat, without being annoyingly colloquial. It is such an easy, satisfying read it's hard to put down and it took me back to my days of reading in lifts and in the metro and even when climbing stairs, just to snatch a few more minutes with the characters. I loved Meg to the extent that I thought we could be friends in an instant if we ever met, and Johnny and Christian had a great Hugh Grant vs. Colin Firth Bridget Jones thing going on. Some of the other characters were less developed - like Bess, her old BFF in London, and Serengeti who enters and leaves the story in a whirlwind of emotion and dog-poo - but not to the extent that it damages the story.
The ending is a little abrupt, but it still liked it. It also was not what I was expecting - I foresaw two options, but this was a different third one that came out of no-where. My only word of warning for people like me who take books everywhere, is that in the current paperback release, the story finishes about 30 pages before the end of the book, and is followed by an extract from her earlier novel, Lucy In The Sky. Having read this one a couple of times, I didn't really want to read the sneak-peak they include, but I had to since I had budgeted on the book being a good few pages longer than it was when I went out with it. (It was either that or not read while sitting alone in Mexican Starbucks - puh-lease).
This book would appeal to fans of easy reading books with fun characters, like the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
This review originally appeared on www.thebookbag.co.uk under my name.
Sometimes, an author releases a superb debut novel, so much so that I go out of my way to pre-order their next release, because I'm so hopeful it'll be as good as the debut. Paige Toon's debut 'Lucy in the Sky' was one such book, and when I discovered her next release on Amazon, I quickly pre-ordered it for a bargain price. It was delivered on the day of release, and I excitedly set about reading it, looking forward to the book to come.
Johnny Be Good is all about Meg Stiles. Meg was a PA for a smalll architect in London, until her boss found her the job of a lifetime..PA for Rock God Johnny Jefferson in LA. Meg happily accepts the job and moves her life over to LA. She's star-struck at meeting Johnny but soon settles in to her job. Johnny introduces her to a life of glitz and glam, and her best friend, the English-gent Christian. Meg and Christian quickly become friends but Johnny isn't happy...will Meg be able to satisfy both of the men in her life? And can she cope with the high pressure lifestyle of being a celebrity PA?
Toon has really written another super novel here, with fantastic characters who are so all well written and brilliant, you want to read on and find out more about them! The book is written in the first person in Meg's narrative. This works well within the book, because we are seeing LA from an English person's perspective, so you immediately feel at ease with her and can easily follow her story. Toon has a great writing style which is fantastic for first person, and the natural flow of Meg's story makes a great reading experience, and draws you in to Meg's character and consequently the story.
The character of Johnny was completely over the top and outrageous, but because he is supposedly a "rock-god", this really does work! He's clearly a bad boy, and you can see Meg's attraction to him right from the start, but he is actually a more complicated character than initially appears. His story continues alongside Meg's throughout the book, and the contrast between the two characters makes for a great chemistry and therefore I really enjoyed reading it! Johnny is extremely mad, but he is a fantastic character, and definitely one you love to hate. Christian is the other main character in the book, a fellow English character for Meg (although Johnny is English, he comes across as more American than Meg or Christian), and the most likeable of the group. He is Johnny's best friend from childhood and his happy demeanour and naivety endear you very much to him, and his softness compared to Johnny's brashness throughout the book was picked up on throughout by myself.
The story was really good, and I very much enjoyed the way that the book went all around the world with characters, giving us a really good look at what the life of a PA is like. I liked the way that Paige makes the character of Meg very real and likeable, showing that she is struggling with the job, and hasn't made her too much of a supergirl, able to do it all. Toon has really explored all levels of Meg and Johnny's relationship, and I just wanted to keep reading all the time to see how things were going to change, as they did pretty much every chapter! I also enjoyed the cleverly sly reference to the main characters (Lucy and Nathan)from Toon's debut novel Lucy in the Sky in this book, a very clever tie in for those who notice, and a good sneaky update!
Toon has really tapped into the chick-lit market with gusto once again, and has come up trumps with her second novel, which I can say I thoroughly enjoyed, perhaps a tad more than her debut even! She has an easy to read writing style, a great set of likeable characters in some outrageous circumstances, and a story with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right up until the end. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the open ending - I would have liked it all wrapped up nicely with a definite ending but Toon has left it quite open and unfinished. Hopefully we'll get a reference to them in Toon's next novel as she did for Lucy in the Sky in this book! I'd still strongly recommend the book to anyone who loves a bit of fun chick-lit, because it's great and so enjoyable!
ISBN: 978-1847390448. Published by Pocket Books in April 2008. The paperback version contains 464 pages. Available on Amazon for £4.19 or on the Amazon marketplace from £2.87.
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