Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Review: Limelight: A Novel by Amy Poeppel

Blurb from Goodreads:
In a smart and funny new novel by the author of the critically acclaimed, “big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor as their lives merge with the captivating world of Broadway.

Allison Brinkley—wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist—discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initially thought.

Allison learns that New York is unruly and bewildering, defying the notions she developed from romantic movies and a memorable childhood visit. After a humiliating call from the principal’s office and the loss of the job she was counting on, Allison begins to accept that New York may not suit her after all.

When Allison has a fender-bender, witnessed by a flock of mothers at her son’s new school, she is led to the penthouse apartment of a luxurious Central Park West building and encounters a spoiled, hungover, unsupervised teenager who looks familiar. It doesn’t take long to recognize him as Carter Reid—a famous pop star who has been cast in a new Broadway musical. Through this brush with stardom, Allison embraces a unique and unexpected opportunity that helps her find her way in the heart of Manhattan.

In a book that delivers laughs, warmth, and delightful wish fulfillment, Poeppel dives into celebrity culture and modern motherhood with her trademark “quick-witted and razor-sharp” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) style. 

My Review:
This was fun - part moving to NYC, part being an assistant to a celebrity.  Definitely a fun, fast read.  I really like the characters - the first part felt a bit tedious with all the adjustments and everything falling apart but it ended up working.  I think all of the characters were well-written, well-developed and felt very intuitive.  I am definitely excited for more from this author because I've really liked both of her books that she's released so far.

Limelight comes out next week on May 1, 2018 and you can purchase HERE. You can read my review of Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel HERE, which came out last year and which I also really liked! As an aside, I really love the cover of this one and her last, too.
"Yeah, so I'm calling for the asshole who smashed into my BMW. Call back or even better just get your insurance information over here, so I can deal with it. Fifteen Central Park West. ASAP, got it?"

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