June 3, 2014

Spotlight by Krista Richmond

As both a fan and a journalist, Lily Richards often wonders what role the media plays in creating the phenomenon that is actor Daniel Brighton. Personally, she prefers to report her favorite celebrity’s latest role rather than his latest dining companion—but she knows others in her profession don’t always agree.

A chance encounter with Daniel at a press junket gives Lily the opportunity to prove she’s not like other journalists. But Nate Brennan—Daniel’s publicist—isn’t convinced of Lily’s altruistic nature. He’s baffled by his client’s sudden preference for the no-name columnist, and when they are forced to work together, their professional battles soon lead to personal sparks.

As Lily becomes more involved in the world of entertainment media, she must balance what she feels is appropriate celebrity coverage with the personal relationships she now holds dear.

How much is too much when you’re standing near the glare of the Spotlight?

I definitely had mixed feelings about Spotlight. I found Krista's writing very formal which made it a bit hard to really dive into and live within the book. For awhile I felt like I was reading a report rather than a story. A raised eyebrow to the first few chapters that lead me to believe that Lily's interest was in Daniel. I totally got thrown a curveball when Nate turned out to be the object of Lily's desire. The confusion didn't help with the slow start to the book.

Lily's character is a bit off to me. I didn't love that she constantly reiterated how she was different from the rest of the fan-girls chasing after Daniel. It seemed that she was just like the rest--but she just wrote about it. I think the whole premise of the story just didn't grab me the way it should have. It wasn't a horrible book--I did finish it--but it definitely didn't captivate me the way it was intended to. 

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