I feel good about mahself :) I’ve been knocking books off my list to read like bowling pins hahahah
I finally ‘finished’ Beneath the Glitter and I say ‘finished’ because I finished as much as I possibly could. I give it 2.5/5
This book is based on Elle and Blair’s life in L.A. and being webstars. Obviously it’s not 100% true, hence ‘based on’. It follows the life of Sophia and Ava London, their rise to fame to the cutthroat life behind the curtains. They get big, they meet boys, they bond, they get betrayed, enter book 2.
The first half was good. It was a cute sister sister book with a light feeling where I would pick it up to read in between intense books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Coraline. It was light and airy, didn’t have much dimension but that wasn’t really the point. It was funny and I could really see their individual personas oozing from the characters.
The second half was painnn. I feel bad because I know it’s hard to write a book. But I am skeptical as to how much help they got writing the book vs other authors that write cover to cover themselves. ANYWAY I digress. The second half dragged and dragged. It was painful for me to read and I really just wanted to finish the book. But I JUST CAN’T. I started skimming at 170 and put it down at 210. There was too much boy stuff. Boy stuff mainly with Sophia. OK WE GET IT, your hot and you’re a boy magnet to bartenders, rando strangers, and rich upperclass guys.
I have to say my heart actually semi-broke when Ava and Dalton were together and she realized how interested in Sophia he was. Ouch. Seriously. But really, I was getting sick of this tug of war thing with Sophia and all these guys. Especially the scene where she gets her photos in a gallery or something and she gets drunk off of champagne and hiccups and acts cute and shit. That shit is not real life, and does not connect to readers. It doesn’t connect to me and doesn’t relate to me because that shit doesn’t happen in real life! Therefore, I get disinterested. It’s like when authors write how startlingly pretty someone is or how someone has flawless skin with flawless features with flawless body. Ava was pretty cute, her enthusiasm and constant OMG LIAM LIKES ME, OMG LIAM CALLED ME BEAUTIFUL, was cute and I could see Blair doing something like that.
Anyway a good chunk is boring and boy crazy, thus resulting in me not even getting to the betrayal part which is no doubt only in maybe the last 10-15 pages of the book. So I quit. It was cute, then it was bad, then it was painful.