Authors: Elle and Blair Fowler
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
From internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comes a scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene.
Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.
After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite. Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor. But as they’re about to discover, the life they’ve always dreamed of comes with a cost.
Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal. Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other.
Beneath the Glitter is the first novel by YouTube beauty gurus Elle and Blair Fowler. I have been watching Elle and Blair's videos for quite some time now, and have been a huge fan of both of them. So, when I found out they were coming out with a novel, I practically freaked out! Beneath the Glitter was an enjoyable and quick read :)
The main characters, Sophia and Ava, are sisters who have become famous through their videos on YouTube. Hmmm, sound familiar? Yes, you guessed it, Sophia and Ava London are based off of Elle and Blair Fowler. Although I loved both Sophia and Ava, I found they were almost too identical to Elle and Blair. When picturing Sophia and Ava in my mind, I felt like I was reading about Elle and Blair, and not fictional characters...does that makes any sense??....I actually had this problem with not only the two main characters, but the "world" itself (creating their own make-up line, their pets, ect, ect..). It didn't feel like a fictional story, it felt like an altered biography. That being said, if you have no idea who the authors are, then you won't have this same problem.
The storyline itself was a really fun, and girly read. Every page brings lots of make-up, clothes, shopping, and most importantly, boys *raises roof*! Seeing how the London sisters deal with their feelings for all these males was entertaining and frustrating at the same time. I had my personal favourites so I was constantly screaming in my head "YES!.... NO, NO, NO! YES...! NO, Are you kidding me?!".....*sigh* It's sad what fictional boys do to me.....
One thing I thought was really cute about the book (aside from that adorable cover) is the LonDOs and LonDON'Ts at the end of each chapter. They sum up each chapter in a unique and funny way that really adds something to the story- plus I thought it was a creative spin on Sophia and Ava's last name. It was these DOs and DON'Ts that had me laughing and smiling the most!
"When someone offers you the opportunity to make your dreams come true, you don't question them. you just take it."
"Did you just call me Mr. Judgey McJudgey-pants?" Ava saw that his jaw was tight.
Good. Maybe she'd hit a nerve. "Yes," she said defiantly. "And I'm not sorry."
She was staring into the blue-eyed-dimpled-smile-shaggy-blond-bangs-falling-over-the-forehead face of Liam Carlson, THE SAME LIAM CARLSON WHOSE POSTER SHE'D HAD HANGING OVER HER BED BETWEEN THE AGES OF TWELVE AND FIFTEEN WHO SHE'D SAID GOOD NIGHT TO EVERY NIGHT ONLY ALL GROWN UP AND EVEN CUTER NOW IF THAT WERE POSSIBLE.
Somewhere over the sound of her mind screaming she'd realized that he was laughing and saying something which, when she managed to hear it, turned out to be, "I'm glad you liked my poster."
Overall, Beneath the Glitter in the technical sense isn't the best novel I've ever read. There were quite a few spelling errors and sloppy transitions that had me at times cringing (which is ultimately the reason I couldn't give this book a 4/5...trust me, I really wanted to). I'm hoping the second novel improves in this area because I really think those minor details can really effect people's overall enjoyment of the book. With all that being said, if your looking for a good and quick YA Chick-Lit novel then you should give Beneath the Glitter a shot! I'll definitely be buying Where Beauty Lies (Book #2) next year :) Have you read Beneath the Glitter? Do you love Elle & Blair's YouTube videos as much as I do!? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,