J-Dubs Review of According to a Source by Abby Stern

I semi-reviewed the book here.  Now I will finish.

The premise is good.  And I really tried to like it.  But unfortunately the story fell flat for me.  Actually, the premise might be a bit overused.  I’d cast Anne Hathaway as Ella-Bella in this kind of wanna be Devil Wears Prada.  Toss in a mom with cancer, bad breakup find love again and polar opposite sister dynamic and you got more sameness.

I do give props for the masking of celebrity names. Story is a spoof after all. Clever but who couldn’t guess that Not so Innocent Oversexualized Pop Star is supposed to be like Britney Spears or that Former Boy Bander Turned Solo Artist Turned Actor is supposed to be like Justin Timberlake.  Recently Divorced British B List Comedian sounds like Russell Brand.  Oh and Aging Iconic NY Italian actor could be Robert De Niro.  I still want to figure out who Foreign Born Supernatural Superstar is … in one scene he complains about hating his show … being 26 and playing a teenager.  Hmmm.  Luke Perry?  Jason Priestly?  Could be??

In this story, faux Britney has cancer too (explains why she shaved her head) and takes chemo along side Ella-Bella’s mother. I don’t now … I guess it’s just a gimmick … let’s throw everything and the kitchen sink in and see what sticks.

Whenever I read I have a notebook where I write lines that speak to me.  I also keep a dictionary by my side.  Habits.  I’ve got my rituals.  For this book, I have only one line – Ella talking about Ethan her boyfriend of four years.

“He was the 1st guy I felt liked me for the real me – not the best version of yourself that you pretend to be the 1st few times you’re getting to know someone”

We should all be so lucky to have that. But then she didn’t.  Oh but wait a minute.  She does again.

I originally said 3.78 out of 5 stars.  That was overly generous and based on hype.  New recommendation: Read it or not … lol


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