Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton
|Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton|
Emma Hearts LA is a teen love story. Probably the first romance we’ve ever reviewed on We Sat Down.
Emma’s parents have divorced and her mum is planning on moving the three of them (Emma, younger sister Becks and herself) to Los Angeles. Emma’s not too keen but Becks is – she wants to be a movie star. Within pages, they have moved to Venice in LA and the story is really about their first few days there as Oscar (one of Emma’s childhood friend’s who also lives in LA now!), shows them the ropes.
While this may be billed as a glamorous read, I was delighted that Emma sweats and has the occasional wardrobe hiccup. While lovely boys quickly become the main focus of the plot, Emma is also struggling to work out what she wants in life and readers who love flawed and ‘conflicted’ characters will love Emma. Bex seems like a really easygoing sister and their mom (an astronomist at UCLA) sounds pretty cool too.
For me, Oscar is the real star. On all accounts, he is adorable. I’d go to Wok the Boat just to get a pot of his noodles. But, I think he reminds me of a whole bunch of guys that I know - or knew at school. So if you don’t make it to LA don’t fret, they’re probably all around you if you take a really good look.
The novel is set in Venice, LA which sounds fabulous. Lots of little canals and bridges. I’ll be sure to check it out if I ever head out that way. And forget yoga on the terrace, I want one of those kayaks!
Being a romance, there’s also quite a bit of kissing. And if toned abs are your thing, there’s some of that too. For readers who have any clue about what goes on with Hollywood TV, there’s plenty in this for you too – but I must admit most of that went over my head.
If I picked a theme song for this novel, it’d have to be Gabrielle’s “Dreams” (or anything by S-Club 7 – Keris, what a pity the ed made you take it out! J).
It’s a quick and fun read that’s easily suitable for 12 years up.
Emma Hearts LA publishes in June 2012. The blog tour will be stopping here on Monday 4 June. Please come by to meet the lovely Keris Stainton.
Orchard, 2012, London, paperback
This copy: Uncorrected proof copy from Orchard