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If You Come To California [Kindle Edition]

Nichole Naumann
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Josie Foley, home-schooled loser, finds solace in one thing in her miserable life: music. When U.S.A Talent auditions hit the East Coast her geeky, only-friend urges her to leave their small hometown and attend the forbidden event.

Josie is suddenly hurled into L.A.'s underbelly, an unfamiliar world of drugs, parties and crime introduced to her by the bewitching and mysterious Vanessa. Along the way, she encounters an assortment of strange, dangerous new friends that accompany her on a once-in-a-lifetime journey. There's Dante, the unhinged drag queen; Christian, a hot Sunset Strip rocker; Mickey Solomon, Hollywood's favorite drug kingpin; and SNL, the spoiled little rich girl in pink.

But as Josie and Vanessa grow closer, terrible secrets start to surface—secrets that even the malleable Josie cannot ignore, threatening the friendship she always dreamed of. As the show comes to an intense climax, she begins to question what reflections are real—even her own—and discovers that nothing here is what it seems.

It takes a sour dose of reality for Josie to realize she never needed acceptance to be a star…but is it too late?

A shocking plunge into a raw and realistic Los Angeles, IF YOU COME TO CALIFORNIA is a fictional black market tourist’s guide for anybody who has ever had a Hollywood dream. An entertaining but painfully truthful coming-of-age set in a time when “soda pop is out and Four Lokos is in,” Josie guides us through a year in the turbulent life of a teenage Millennial.

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About the Author

Nichole Naumann lives in a tiny, run-down apartment by the beach in Los Angeles, California with her cat and her much-older boyfriend. She won third place in Seventeen Magazine's annual fiction contest (2005) with a story she proudly called "A Curse In South Nestor." She's currently writing a pilot for a television show and working on her next novel.

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  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B07JVI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! February 18, 2013
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This is a coming of age story told Hollywood style. Josie is a naive girl who has been sheltered her whole life, but finally dares to follow her dreams. I enjoyed the writing the characters and the overall story. It's teaches lessons on trusting others and yourself. An overall great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, entertaining, emotionally involving March 5, 2013
By Mygel
I read this book while making dinner and dragged it with me into the bathtub because I couldn't put it down.

Nichole Naumann transported me to different worlds, spellbinding me with details of rural hick towns, seedy strip clubs, glittering stage performances, and opulent shorelines of LA. I traveled with the main character across America and shared in her journey.

Josie, the main character, is lovable. She's a sheltered girl with a good head on her shoulders, and as the book unfolded, I bit my nails and cheered for her while she carved her path through a strange new world.

The people Josie meets are unforgettable. They are real people with strange tics and troubled pasts. (I felt a special love for Mickey Solomon.)

The evolution/unveiling of Josie's greatest obstacle to fame made for a fascinating and involving plot.

The clever twists and turns of the story, combined with a strong and lovable lead character, the myriad of quirky settings and memorable characters, spiced with excellent wit, make this book an excellent page-turner that is worth reading a second time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read January 20, 2013
By AFiscus
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Definitely the kind of story where I couldn't wait to read what would happen next. Many good laughs along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spot on January 25, 2013
By xtine
These characters remained in my mind for days after I finished reading. I found this book to be very realistic and true to life experiences. It definitely relates to modern times. The author really has a wit about her that is endearing and her use of imagery is fantastic. Personally, from being one of those east coast to west coast movers, I found this book so delightful because I could feel the differentiating moments from coast to coast. It's really a whole different world when you cross the states. I expect much success to come from this author. She is straight and to the point. I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive and entertaining read! February 13, 2013
I was quite pleasantly surprised by this book, to say the least. I wasn't sure what to expect upon beginning, and thought it might turn out to be typical bland YA fare. Instead, I found that Ms. Naumann created a vivid world full of entertaining, fascinating and realistic characters. As someone who has resided in Los Angeles for several years, I thought she did a wonderful job of giving the reader a colorful and true impression of this city. I loved the book and the ending did not disappoint! Looking forward to her next offering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cali dreaming <3 May 1, 2013
the book was suggested by my brother's gf who happens to be friends with the author. well, i started one day and i couldn't put it down. i watched josie rise and fall, and happily climb back to life. the characters were fresh and very developed. Naumann def knows how to paint california, i've only been there twice but those pages made me want to go back so bad...she is a great writer and has a way with words. i am def waiting for another book by her. she had created a new found fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary Tale January 30, 2013
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This book is the perfect companion for anybody looking to try make it out in Hollywood. The humor and unforgettable characters really help to move the story in a unique way. From the perspective of a person who was born and raised on the east coast, the ideal of the lead character ring true. All of this was also made all the more real to me after having recently visiting the west coast for myself. Buy this book and you will not be able to put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Us and Them February 11, 2013
By Pip
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Nichole, grabs your attention right off the bat. She pulls you into the way the characters look and their feelings. Her description is unlike anything else I've every read. While making it cleverly funny at the same time. I felt I could get into character with Josie. The writing makes my imagination grow in ways I never thought possible. I really hope Nichole continues to write books she is a literary genius.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Novel. Naumann shines.
A fantastic read. Stumbled upon this little gem while browsing the massive amazon catalog and Im so glad I did. Brilliant writing.
Published 6 months ago by Matthew David
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
This was a pretty good read. It could have used more details and something to mark scene changes and a little proofreading to fix some of the errors but it didn't take anything... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carmen
5.0 out of 5 stars If you come to California
This book fell apart a bit at the end, but by then you are so invested in the characters that you cannot put it down.
Published 13 months ago by AngieH
5.0 out of 5 stars Cali Dreamin' and Lovin'
Fantastic read! The characters draw you in from the beginning with pure hatred, love, then more hatred.. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Abigail Lutz
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!
What an amazing, cool, dark, twisted, story! It pulled me in from the first page and didn't let me go until I had finished it, still sitting in a stupor and not wanting to let go... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beach read
This book is a good modern day story with a relateable character. I enjoyed the story and found it hard to put down. Read more
Published 23 months ago by RumBum
4.0 out of 5 stars For some reason...
It wasn't the best book I've read but for some reason I still couldn't put it down. An easy read.
Published 23 months ago by Kimberly Sprenkle
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
This is one of those books that after yo are finished reading it you just can't stop thinking about the characters.
I wish Nichole Naumann would write more stories. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Lori Oller
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author. I was a firstreads winner of this book, and boy am I glad I had the chance to read it! Read more
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More About the Author

Nichole Naumann calls the United States of America her home, occasionally jumping from the east coast to the west. She won third place in Seventeen Magazine's annual fiction contest (2005) with a story she proudly called "A Curse In South Nestor". After an eight year stint in Los Angeles, she's currently writing a pilot for a television show and working on her next novel.

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