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Book Review: One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke opens with six friends arriving in Greece to celebrate an upcoming wedding. Each one of the women have a secret, and one of them is determined to make sure the wedding doesn't happen. And, one of them ends up dead. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group Putnam, and G.P. Putnam's Sons for a digital Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke. I was ecstatic to be selected to read this book in exchange for my honest review. Wow! I'm at a loss of what to say about One of the Girls because it was that fantastic. Fun. Engrossing. Well Written. Unputdownable. These are just a few words I'd use to describe this novel.  There were red herrings galore. With that being said, I had my suspicions that the "killer" was one of two people, and one of them ended up being the killer, so I was happy with my deduction. On the other hand, I couldn't figure out who the victim was going to be, and I was completely surprised b

Book Review: Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz

When I was a kid, there was a book club subscription service called Especially For Girls. My mom signed me up for it when I began to become an avid reader. One of the books I received was Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz. For whatever reason, it ended up on a shelf in my mom's shoe closet without me reading it. Several years later, she was cleaning out the closet and came across the book and gave it back to me. I remember reading it in high school and falling in love with it. As part of my rereading my way through my childhood, I decided to read it again to see if it stood the test of time.

Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz is about a teenage actress named Valerie who wants nothing more than to have a normal life like her classmates. When she starts dating basketball player Tom Gordon, Valerie lies about being an actress, which becomes harder to hide when she lands a lead role on a new television show.

One of the things I enjoyed about the book as a kid and as an adult is that it's about acting. I grew up in the industry, which is one of the reasons the topic of the book was so interesting to me. What I disliked about the book is that it may give people the wrong idea about the entertainment industry when it comes to agents, parents, actors, and other people involved in the industry. Not everyone in the industry acts like these characters. It is simply just one person's perception of it.

A couple of things that I found interesting is that the television show that Valerie auditioned for was to be about teens falling in love and their everyday life at Beverly Hills High School. The book was published in 1986. Was it just a coincidence that the television show in Love Story, Take Three bares some similarity to the television show Beverly Hills, 90210 that premiered in 1990?  This was oddly eerie to me. The other thing I found interesting was there is another book published with a character named "Tom Gordon" . . . that book is Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I know this last thing is completely coincidental, but it is still an interesting tidbit.

As a kid, I would have given Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz 5 stars out of 5 stars. However, as an adult, I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

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