Heartfelt coming of age story

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Evie Jones is 18 and living in LA, and just breaking into acting when a drunken video gets her fired and effectively blacklisted before her career has even taken off. Humiliated, and without a good support system she heads to New York to spend time with her famous actress grandmother and try to salvage her career.

After a fight, her grandmother takes off and while Evie is running all over the city trying to find her, she ends up learning more about herself and who she wants to be. She also meets a cute boy along the way.

It was a cute story, but I thought the characters could have been developed a little more, they felt superficial to me. I would have liked to have seen their relationships to each other explored in greater depth, to provide context and credibility. Also, some aspects of the story could have been a little more subtle. I realize this is a young adult book, but young readers are smart and I felt like this book sort of hit you over the head with the moral of the story.

Being a big fan of New York I really enjoyed the setting, and Evie (and her new friend Milo) spend a lot of time exploring and looking for Evie’s grandmother, which is fun.

While I had mixed feelings about the characters throughout the book I loved, loved, loved Shayna Small’s narration, which brought my rating up from a 3.5 to a 4. She is one of my all-time favorite narrators, and you might have also heard her perform The Vanishing Half and Red at the Bone. The audio is 8 hours and 21 minutes but it felt like less to me, and was a pleasure to listen to her narrate it.