Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nyxen's Review of "My Double Life"

My Double Life by Janette Rallison
272 Pages
Putnam Juvenile 2010

You know how they say everyone has a twin somewhere in the world, a person chance has formed to be their mirror image? Well, mine happens to be rock star Kari Kingsley. My life in suburbia is about as far away from a rock star's life as one can get. So was more than surprised when, out of the blue, I was offered the job of being Kari Kingsley's double.

I may not have Hollywood skills, but I am her dead ringer, and the job will pay for college and get me closer to meeting the dad I've never known. I have to take it, even if my mom is dead set against it.

Being Kari has its other perks too. Last month I couldn't even get a date, and now I'm hanging out with Grant Delray, who I've stared at on magazine covers for years. He's everything a girl could want-everything I want. There's just one problem. He thinks I'm Kari.

Isn't it ironic that when I do finally find my father and the love of my life, I'm not allowed to tell either of them who I really am?

I was so excited to read this, and not just because it was personalized. I like to read novels that involve paparazzi, concerts, famous rock star boyfriends. Don't judge me. :P

I think what Rallison did was very entertaining. I couldn't put it down despite the fact it was a bit cliche. It was a fun, light read. If you don't count the fact that the main character, Alexia, grew up fatherless and she's trying to find him. I really connected with her. It was like we were best friends because I instantly knew how she was feeling. I connected with her on a deep level and it felt good to relate to a character without actually relating to her. Does that make sense?

The characters were pretty believable but I would have loved it if they had more depth to them. Kari just seemed like your average, problematic celebrity trying to get help and it didn't give a reason to like her. Grant was pretty much the same (without the problems) but very, very gorgeous. I kept picturing Zac Efron as him. (Like I said, don't judge me.) Everyone else didn't seem to pop out.

The beginning starts off pretty slow, with her describing things and giving us a short back story. I would have loved if the story jumped right in but I understand what she did. The middle is where it starts picking up and by the end of it you're wishing there was more to the story.

All in all, I think Janette Rallison did a pretty good job at capturing what life could really be like as a celebrity. And I hope that never happens to me. Hahaha.

I rate this novel Three Stars.

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