Author: Amy Spalding
My Rating: 3/5
"Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.
Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.
L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.
But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?" (from Amazon)
Again, not a surprise, I read this book while I was traveling in India. (Just for the record, I read a total of four books while I was there: the Silver Linings Playbook, the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, this book, and a re-read of Anna and the French Kiss.)
This book was an okay read, given that I was on vacation. It's a typical vacation-y read, very relaxing, sort of a no-brainer, easy to follow (and, sorry, Spalding, easy to put down, too). The plot is very bland, although the idea of the List is novel and refreshing. Actually, the List is probably the one great thing about this story. Other than that, the rest is typical and quite predictable.
One thing I didn't really buy, of the entire story: Reece's attitude change. For me, it seems like it took her way too short of a time to come to loving her daughter, who she gave up at birth. I mean, it's not so detrimental to the plot line overall, but, if only the author explained it better, it would've been more natural.
Recommended for when you are generally bored and need something you could easily read on an on-and-off basis.