Title: In Bloom
Author: Katie Delahanty
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publish Date: February 10, 2014
Source: BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and
dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up
designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this
gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The
fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when
the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from
Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock
star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten
alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but
the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too
crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t
blink and lose it all…"
My Two Cents:
In "In Bloom," Liv is brand new to Hollywood. One part of her is extremely and utterly excited to be following her dreams, the other side of her wonders what she is doing there and how she could possibly have such frivolous dreams. She wants to follow her heart though and see where it leads her to. This was a really fun, light read and I am looking forward to the rest of Liv's adventures as Goodreads tells me that this is only the first book in a planned series!
I like Liv's character a lot. I can totally identify with wanting to do something with my life that others may see as being frivolous (I can't tell you how many times I had people ask about my Liberal Arts major in college - so frustrating). Liv's dream is huge though and it is one that very few people succeed at when you compare to how many actually try. I really enjoyed reading about that aspect.
I also really liked the story between Liv and Berkeley too. Berkeley is the ultimate rock god and Liv is a little bit embarrassed with how much that she has lusted after him and his gorgeous music before she even has a chance to meet him. When they finally meet, they both realized that they are fantastically entranced with each other and the chemistry is totally on point. There were a lot of twists and turns in their relationship that I was totally engrossed in.
I really like that this book was written from Liv's point of view because I loved seeing what she was seeing. It was totally engaging!