For eighteen year old Gia Winters, having a movie star for a father, a former Playboy bunny as a mother, a Hollywood mansion, and a closet stocked with Chanel is simply another day in the life. But her world is turned upside down when her father mysteriously hires a group of bodyguards to trail the family 24/7 and threatening phone calls from a “Dr. D” start buzzing daily.
When Gia scores the coveted role of Miss Golden Globe, she is forced to strike a deal with her bodyguard, Jack, who is almost as arrogant as he is attractive. Juggling Gia’s romantic failures, fashion faux pas, and celebrity obsessions, the duo investigate a series of clues with the help of a police cadet, who has a special set of skills and an even better set of dimples.
But with the Golden Globes just around the corner, danger levels rise higher than her stilettos as Gia learns that the biggest secrets might be the ones buried in her own home. In a place where the hills have eyes, high school nemeses, bad hair days, raging parties, and stolen kisses, there can only be trouble for a girl who was just starting to consider herself lucky.
I read this with my sixteen year old daughter so that we would be able to discuss the plot, characters, and overall story line of the book. We’ve done this before, but not for quite some time, so it was the first time we have read the same book that had more grown up themes. Our experiment was a success and this was a good book to begin with.
First of all I thought this was good “coming of age” novel and I found the main character quite intriguing. The author did a good job narrating the story through Gia’s eyes, which was appropriate since it was HER story. The author used humor to draw you in and make Gia both likeable and real. Of course the sub story of the love interest with her bodyguard, Jack, was a good twist and kept the reader connected to the book always looking for the time that they would figure out their attraction to each other. I found the mystery itself was intriguing and the ending satisfactory. I would read this author again for sure as would my daughter.
~Reviewed by Lisa J.