Book Review : You Had Me At Holla by Alexis Daria

*drum roll*

Here comes another romance reading! I need something fluffy and light when I remember how many positive reviews this book has! And the blurb seems so fun!

Genre : Romance, Contemporary
Page : 384 pages
Published : 4th August 2020

Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers. 

After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez. 

Leading Ladies don’t need a man to be happy

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. 

Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

“Jasmine tried not to take it personally, but taking things personally was one of her greatest skills.”

I had a good start with this book. Not immediately made my giddy, but enough to put my trust for this book. 

You Had Me At Holla — Co-stars behind the scenes romance!

Ain’t it fun to read something we could relate to in real life? Like dating news of celebrities? As a commoner (yes, me. A commoner) it feels unexpected but also, I’m happy for the news!

That’s why I’m so looking forward to read this book even if it has quite common plotline and premises, where costars having to date in secret. This book has a light touch and premises. But despite it all, what I love the most is the reverse roles of the main characters.

I do not read much romance but once I do, the female leads tend to have their own business to solve or to overcome while the story slowly develop the chemistry of both female leads and male leads. Writers and readers are mostly focused on female leads issues and reveal male leads issues much later on.

In this book, I love how male leads issues are centered, with his anxiety to go through things. This time, rather than the female leads, I think I appreciate the male leads more.

And how much I enjoy both characters encounter! It did not take long for both characters to meet but once they do, I think it’s a bit cliche? At first I found it to be cute and lovely, but the more I read, I think it’s becoming um, too fast. Like, um, immediate attraction without any explanation except for their looks?

And I don’t think I see what the leads are seeing in each other. Like how the male leads like to spend around his time with the female leads because she’s kind. Meanwhile in truth, I don’t think I remember ever reading a line that made me feel like she’s truly that kind.

But here’s another idea I love about the book. The diverse costars and characters! And this book also implied tiny wee bit about woman empowerment. 

Also, because this book is basically about acting, you could expect another romance story potrayed by the characters too! Story in a story kind of thing.

Overall, it’s a fun read. But I think I kind of feel detached with the story and the characters the more the story progress. But still, it’s a good read to pass the time!

Author: Celine




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