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Love Lies - Adele Parks
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Love Lies - Adele Parks
Date: 26/11/10, updated on 27/11/10 (71 review reads)
Advantages: Well-written, some good insights into celebrity
Disadvantages: Boring, unlikeable characters
As florist Fern rapidly approaches 30 she becomes increasingly disillusioned with her monotonous life, and particularly her relationship with laid-back Adam, so in desperation she gives him an ultimatum to propose on her birthday or else.
On the big day she is seriously disappointed with Adam's unromantic gift of tickets to see her idol, pop singer Scottie Taylor. That is until she manages to meet the man himself backstage and falls instantly in love with him. On a whim she runs with her flight of fancy all the way to LA where she gets caught up in a whirlwind of passion, lust, wealth, luxury and greed.
Seemingly her past life in Clapham is all forgotton as she spends every waking moment planning her dream wedding to over the top Scottie, who seems to have ulterior motives for finding himself a down to earth wife.
As Fern gets carried away with her new star-spangled celebrity existence, she risks alienating her friends and family in a desperate bid to prove to the world how genuine her whirlwind romance with Scottie is. But will she realise that the path to true love does not always run smoothly?
In many ways this book has all the essential chick-lit characteristics with its focus on finding love, keeping love and not letting love go. It has a strong female lead character who while not overly likeable, faces the same concerns many women of her age have, in that she is beginning to want stability and security in the form of marriage and commitment. Unfortunately there are already some flaws cropping up with the first being Fern's apparant lack of sincerity and loyalty seeing as she is willing to up sticks and move to a different country to live with a man she barely knows.
Yes it's true that an ordinary girl could fall in love with a pop star, and while unlikely, it is a possibility so I can overlook it. Also what's the point of chick-lit if it disregards fantasy and escapism right? But taking all of that into account it seems wildly unlikely that a modern woman with a fairly decent life of her own would throw caution entirely to the wind and leave her old life effortlessly with no time for even simple goodbyes.
Fern's actions immediately turn her from a nice enough, likeable character who cares for her loved ones, into a callous, fickle character who forgets everyone who's meant something to her, as soon as the promise of a better, more prosperous life comes along.
The other characters don't really have more than a small bit role in this book, apart from Scottie himself who is portrayed as a stereotypical star, who has issues and lives life to excess in every way. He too is fickle and complicated but essentially selfish and arrogant.
Apart from the story outlined above, not much else actually happens. At first Fern and Scottie's new life together provides a fasinating insight into celebrity, status and wealth and it makes interesting reading to look through a lens so to speak and imagine a world completely different to the one the rest of us inhabit. But as Fern becomes more accepting of her newfound good fortune, it leaves a bitter taste in the readers mouth and becomes boring and insipid.
The majority of the book sees Fern and Adam falling in lust with each other and spending vast amounts of money and the whole thing drags on a bit. There are one or two little surprises along the way which helps things along a little, but its just padding really and fails to make up for the lack of plot. The ending is predictable and it is a long time coming.
This makes it sound as though I am slating this book and while it was not hugely enjoyable, it was well-written and easy to read and had some interesting componants. I think I am just a little disappointed as I had heard good things about the author and as a first read of hers, it did not live up to my expectations.
Summary: Not great but not awful either!