Diamonds are a Teen’s Best Friend by Allison Rushby
Publication date: November 21st 2013 (first published 2006)
Number of pages: 120
Series: Living Blond (1#)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.
‘Nessa Joanne Mulholland, aka Marilyn Monroe’s No. 1 teenage fan, is used to moving house. This time, however, she’s relocating in movie-star style – crossing the Atlantic on board the Majestic, headed for Paris from New York City. And it really would be in movie-star style if it wasn’t for the fact that she’s bringing her cringe-fest professor dad along for the ride. (Dad’s specialisation: human mating rituals – need Nessa say more?) Oh yeah, and sharing a cabin that’s five decks below sea level and next to the engine room. Still, at least Holly Isles is on board. Yes, really, that Holly Isles – star of stage, screen and – DVD. Suddenly, things are looking up. Looking a little Marilyn, in fact, because events are strangely mirroring Nessa’s favourite movie of all time, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
As Holly Isles, world-famous actress, confides in Nessa over mocktails.
As Nessa coaches Holly in the amazing ‘Nessa’s Lessons in Love’ – the ultimate man-catching rules to finding true and lasting lurv.
Nessa fall for Holly’s too-cute nephew, Marc.
And – cover your eyes!
As it all goes terribly, horribly, embarrassingly wrong.
There’s no doubting it. This is going to be one pitchy crossing.
I mean it was so cute. The whole Marilyn Monroe was unique and added just that little bit more to the story. Plus the whole thing with the celebrity was super cool.
That being said, it was super predictable and that made me get frustrated with the characters. Particularly with Nessa. The way that she missed all the obvious clues towards the revealing of a particular relationship was annoying and every time you think she’ll get it – she doesn’t.
It was a good story, entertaining and definitely made for an easy read. I did like Nessa’s character most of the time because she was fun to read about.
All in all, this was a fun read. Probably better for a middle grade reader.
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Allison Rushby is the Australian author of a whole lot of books. She is crazy about Mini Coopers, Devon Rex cats and corn chips. In November 2013, she will release her thirteenth book (she thinks… maths was never her forte). You can find her at http://www.allisonrushby.com, procrastinating on Facebook, or on Twitter at @Allison_Rushby. That is, when she’s not on eBay, or Etsy, or any other place she can shop in secret while looking like she’s writing…