April 27, 2014

The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks. 

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer. 

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all. 

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.

This novel was just not for me. It took me quite some time to finally get through it. I found it repetitive and somewhat annoying. I think it may have been Paige's character. I think I was getting tired of the recurring themes by the time she was dating the doctor, Alex. All she seems to do in London is party, get drunk and getting with the wrong men. She barely holds her job and she miraculously has a couple of friends. Everything that happens to her is fairly unbelievable (I know, I know, it's a story, it's allowed to be fantastical) and how everything happens seemingly overnight makes it a lot to keep up with. Then, somehow, a quick trip back home at Christmas turns her luck around and things are peachy keen. To me, things just didn't add up as there wasn't much depth to any of it. It's a fun and light hearted disastrous chain of events, so if you like that sort of thing, this would be right up your alley! It just didn't do it for me :(

My Rating: 1 Star - NOT FOR ME.

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