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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Scandalous by Kim Hartfield





⭐☆



Zana is a huge celebrity for doing nothing more than being born to famous parents. Literally. She does nothing at all except post updates on Instagram. She is dating Tia, a reality show semi-brity who’s gained more publicity thanks to the Zana connection. On a skiing trip, Zana is wilful about one last run and ends up seriously injured. Tia, and the rest of Zana’s ‘friends’ immediately disappear. Lacey is appointed as a care giver for Zana by her absentee mother. Zana, rude, entitled, brattish and badly behaved – but awfully alone – not that she spends a lot of time worrying about that. Lacey, montetarily strapped and dreaming about returning to nursing school, shows spine in not taking all the rudeness that Zana is dishing out. Immediacy and the fact that they are almost isolated together for about twelve hours every day builds emotion and appreciation of the other.



This is a promising enough premise, but skims the surface of the characters and their relationship. Zana’s isolation, the shallowness of the people in her life and her life itself offered rich material for deeper exploration. Lacey, her pecuniary challenges, growing attraction to someone completely out of her league were also possibilities for more layered building. Neither happens completely. So strangely, this book ends up falling between an out-and-out rom-com, meant to be superficial and a circumstance, character, emotion and angst driven drama. The supporting characters including Zana’s parents, Tia and other friends are total caricatures.  


This is neither wow nor meh, tethering on the edge of not really good and okay. Can be safely skipped. 


⭐☆


 


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