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Miles and Clare have been friends forever. Miles is the gorgeous, actor friend who doesn't see himself clearly and has always struggled in school. He continues to fall in love with his leading ladies, but is always left out in the cold when the relationship doesn't work out. Clare has followed Miles around for years. She's the plain jane, girl next door who's always been there for her best friend, yet Miles is oblivious to her desire for more. When he lands his big break as a leading character in a movie overseas, he becomes famous overnight. He then eventually, once again, falls for his leading lady. His obliviousness takes over and with his new found fame, he just wants Clare there to help the transition. But when Miles never chooses Clare first even as friends, she finally gives up making Miles realizes what he's doing.
To be honest both Clare and Miles irritated me. Miles because he was so freaking clueless and Clare because her inner monologue was kind of obnoxious. It took forever for them to become the lovers part of the story and then it happened like flipping a light switch. It wasn't there then all the sudden it was. I just didn't feel it. I didn't feel their connection. The ending wrapped up so quickly, too, that it made me get a bit of whiplash.
While this wasn't my favorite book, I'm still a Jane fan and will continue to one click what she writes
Miles is awkward, says the wrong things, and is, of course, hot. Clare is the curvy, insecure friend. I liked both characters. This is filled with British-isms, which was interesting. The author captured the feel of the film industry, the many games played, and some behind the scenes viewing of what Hollywood is really like. With Miles and Clare being down-to-earth, regular people, they contrast the lack of values and phoniness of Tinseltown.
I enjoyed the way their friendship slowly became a romance. After a disastrous betrayal, Miles deals with picking up the pieces, helping out an ex, and the many scandals that seem to follow him. There were some laugh-out-loud scenes, and quite a few awkward ones. There is his agent, a variety of people helping him with their heads in inappropriate places, a mean ex-girlfriend, leaked photos, and dealing with stardom.
I liked that this was a dual POV story. Hearing both sides of the story added to flow of the story. He said, she said. Misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and most of all loyalty. If I were to face Hollywood and stardom, I'd want to bring my best friend along to help keep my sanity and deal with all of the bull. Clare does that and more. Her sarcasm and insecurity made her sympathetic. I liked that she was his PA and was there for him. And that she didn't give up her dreams for his.
I was not happy with Miles as he did get caught up in the stardom and his role, which left Clare out. But that was part of his development. And by the end of the story, I was pretty impressed with how both handled everything that happened, which was a lot.
Some fun quotes:
"Um, what do Americans call safety pins?" I said. Polly rolled her eyes. "Safety pins."
"It was an accident!" she hissed. "Falling over in the street is an accident. Falling onto someone's d*ck seems premeditated."
"...Mr. Oops There's Something Important I Forgot to Tell My Girlfriend."
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I do wish that there was an epilogue as it did seem to end a bit abruptly.I do like that Miles was acting in Lifers, one of the author's books.
The story starts in London and we're introduced to Clare and Miles. Inseparable friends since babies, he's an aspiring actor, with a little bone on the music side, which had just been fired from a play. Shy and sensible boy but extremely handsome. Clare, on the other side, is just a regular girl with an average body, English literature major. She has been in love with miles since young ages, the perfect boy that's more than she deserves. Miles also loves Clare, but just as a friend. His best friend.
The relationship between them chances a little when he's invited to go to Los Angeles to audit for the movie adaptation of the book "Dazzled". There, there's no denying the chemistry with this movie partner, Lilia, the typical gorgeous actress that grew up shattering hears. Miles gets the part of the good-guy and asks Clare to come spend some time with him down on LA, working as his assistant and being there for him whenever. But Clare disdains Lilia right away. She knows that they'll probably end up together. Miles's heart is so pure that he's not capable to see the entire mean thing Lilia does. And, unfortunately, the best Clare can do is to watch them and support his decision.
Clare had to watch her best friend be infatuated by another girl. What should have only been a romance on the movie gets deeper out script, carried to the real life. Miles and Lilia start dating and he thinks the best of her. (Just an observation: having to read the movie sex scene between Miles and Lilia, I didn't know if I would cry myself from laughter or just burry my face on the pillow from shame hahaha)
One thing that I loved on the book was de double POV. Some parts are told by Clare and others by Miles, and we get to know everything they're feeling exactly on each situation. Many times I wished I could just jump inside the book and strangle Lilia with my own hands, but she gets to taste her own poison, and I really celebrate the moment. And what Clare always says to her? Those lines are awesome! Truly, the hole book is filled with sharp dialogues. Don't know if behind the scenes from Hollywood is just as described on the book, but I have to imagine that's something close. Lot of what we see isn't what's really there. It's just looks. But knowing something deep down, on each detail, is a luxury that few have.
The story involves you, and it's truly addictive, but it's not the perfect book in my opinion. Maybe I'm being a little harsh with this. I think I got spoiled by The Traveling series (and those are REALLY awesome. Go read them if you haven't. NOW). Dazzled left me dazzled. (Got it? ;) ) It's a cute story about love, fame and innocence.
Jane's writing is wonderful and I can never deny it. Would I read it again? Maybe. It's the kind of book that's great when you want something simple and light. Guess I read it on the wrong day, but wasn't something disappointing. And I have to carry to my life Clare's saying: "when you break chocolate, the calories fall out."
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