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Beyond the Lens: A heartwarming romantic comedy (Lucy Mitchell Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01MXF2F8L
- Publication date : November 10, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 777 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 357 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,467 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although some people may find it interesting and a fun read, this book is not my cup of tea. I can’t really say it is a badly written book because it is not really a book but reads like somebody’s vacation memoir. Most of the book is a one long dialog among the characters and the rest goes something like this: “took the cab to go home to pack, was driven to the airport to board on a plan, got off the plane in Spain, arrived to the motel, went to bed, got up, ate breakfast, and went for a swim. I had to force myself to finish this book, but I put it down half-way through after a chicken who has a name and gets to be treated like a pet gets her neck broken while being petted. I wondered why I wasted my time trying to read this. However I found the excerpts from the second book of the same series which was at the end of this book promising.
There was almost no conflict to drive this story. For part 1, we didn't know what the problem was, and in when we found out what it was in part 2, the MC just hid until it fixed itself in a couple chapters.
There was a very passive tension about the love interest, but I ended up not even liking them together; is it just a British thing to be cold and kind of mean to each other and act like it's playful banter?
I liked the general message of not trusting what you see in the media, though.
Lucy is a great heroine who shows a good deal of growth through the book but still comes off a bit immature by the story's end. Thank goodness she's got a solid support network to help her through some truly ghastly consequences of her impulsive decision to try the world of reality shows. The author peppered some great twists into the tale.:-)
I enjoyed Part 2 much more than I did Part 1. I found the beginning of the book to be just a tad boring and repetitive after a while - seven days of romping in the pool, innocent flirting,etc. which all went to prove that all of the "contestants" really did get along with one another.
Overall, this is a good, quick book to read over a weekend. The writing is good enough to compel me to read more from this author.
Can't say anymore or it'll ruin the surprises but this is a fun, feel good story that was a joy to read. One you can share with your teenagers too.
Top reviews from other countries
At first it took me a while to get on board with the whole premise - grabbing 7 strangers from the street and flying them out to spend a week free of charge in a Spanish Finca, the only catch being they agree to be filmed. Each of the 7 (Dylan, Ryan, Matt, Kelly, Margaret, Chrissie and our heroine Lucy) have wildly different reasons for taking the week out of their real lives; the only problem for the production team is they genuinely get along. The only problem for me was that they were all a little bit too drama free and I did find it hard to countenance that 7 disparate people would gel so much. It did make for fun reading though.
The real problems start when they get back to Manchester and find that they have been broadcast live to the nation and in a way that is unrepresentative of the actual week they spent. There is a nice little twist to the story and a moral about what the media (social and traditional) can do to manipulate the consumer.
I did find myself less interested in the budding romance between Adam the cameraman and Lucy than in the friendships developing between the lucky 7; particularly after they return to Manchester. Whilst the romance angle is well drawn and, for the genre, moderately believable I was much more interested in the characters and how they related to each other and their sudden fame rather than whether Adam and Lucy were really going to make a go of it.
This fun and frothy and would make the perfect beach read.