By Gemma Halliday. Grade A.
Reviewed by Bhumika.
When you bring together the words such as ‘High Heels’ and ‘Undercover’, you are sure to stir up the curiosity of any fouteen year old girl. The PG-13 version of Lara Croft is enough to make fans of chick-lit giddy with memories of their favourite childhood writer Meg Cabot. This story is like that; essentially targeted for pre-teens and Disney-flick-worshippers.
Secret affairs, hunky gardeners, and housewives desperate enough to bare it all… welcome to Magnolia Lane, TV’s hottest new prime time show. A place where L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer should be in fashion heaven. That is until the body of a rising young starlet is found dead on the show’s set. Now it’s up to Maddie to sift through a leading lady with a secret, an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a sexy cyber scandal, and one tabloid reporter who’ll stop at nothing to get the story of the century. Not to mention Maddie’s hot-cold relationship with the case’s familiar lead detective, Jack Ramirez. In a world where secrets, lies, and deception can earn you an Oscar, Maddie plays the role of a lifetime to catch Hollywood’s hottest killer. But if she doesn’t watch her step, Maddie’s fifteen minutes of fame just may be her last.
In some aspects (the typical chick-lit ones) things happen the way they are always supposed to be. A clumsy but warm-hearted, wide-eyed heroine is irrevocably in love with a bad-boy cop, who is too busy with work to give her time. She is slightly silly but has quirks that endear her to the reader. Dejected and annoyed, she gets herself very badly entangled with a murder mystery and poof! Not only her boyfriend’s, she now has the attention of the whole Hollywood circuit. But interestingly, she does not fall back for support on him, and sorts out the mess herself (or more appropriately, the mess sorts out itself). In between, the story is spiced with a sex-addict bestie, a love triangle with a super-rich reporter and yes, the behind-the-scene Hollywood drama. Well my fellas! This story is really one of its kind.
Young teens will love every bit of it. Tweens who can go through Sophie Kinsella will find they’ve met a kindred spirit. It has it all; Hollywood, romance, drama, freedom, sexy heroes and glamorous but innocent heroines. Not to forget the murder mystery thrill and rush. You will like going back there, to your own Hannah Montana-loving-fourteen-year-self. As you give in to the story, you realize that you also enjoy those twists and turns and plot-turners. When the story ends, you are actually happy at the happy ending. Yes, this is a story essentially for pre-teens. But it is also something that the adults would love to get back to, and discover the still-lingering dreamy teenager in them.