Monday, November 25, 2013

Diamonds are a Teen's Best Friend by Allison Rushby + a Giveaway!

Nessa Joanne Mulholland, aka Marilyn Monroe's No. 1 teenage fan, is used to moving house. This time, however, she's relocating in movie-star style—crossing the Atlantic on board the Majestic, headed for Paris from New York City. And it really would be in movie-star style if it wasn't for the fact that she's bringing her cringe-fest professor dad along for the ride (Dad's specialization: human mating rituals—need Nessa say more?). Oh yeah, and sharing a cabin that's five decks below sea level and next to the engine room. Still, at least Holly Isles is on board. Yes, really, that Holly Isles—star of stage and screen. Suddenly, things are looking up. Looking a little Marilyn, in fact, because events are strangely mirroring Nessa's favorite movie of all time, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.


As Holly Isles, world-famous actress, confides in Nessa over mocktails.


As Nessa coaches Holly in the amazing "Nessa's Lesson's in Love"—the ultimate man-catching rules to finding true and lasting lurv.


Nessa fall for Holly's too-cute nephew, Marc. . . and

Cover your eyes!

As it all goes terribly, horribly, embarrassingly wrong.

There's no doubting it. This is going to be one pitchy crossing.

First, a confession.  I really don't know much about Marilyn Monroe.  I'm not even sure that I've seen one of her movies all the way through.  I know, I know.  It's a shame.  (hanging my head here)

Okay, now that confession time is over, I can say that even though I don't know Marilyn Monroe quite as well as Nessa, I really didn't feel like I was clueless throughout the book.  The author does a good job of explaining the Marilyn-isms.  But, I would say that if you've seen any Marilyn Monroe movies, you would probably be much more in tune with Nessa.

Nessa is a quirky thirteen year old girl who is just mad for Marilyn Monroe.  (did I surprise you with that sentence? ha)  I love when characters have some kind of quirk that endear them to you.  Nessa is smart and perhaps has a bit too much time on her hands.  Her dad is sort of a fade to the background guy.  Really involved in his work and maybe not so much with his daughter's coming and goings.  Nessa, in typical teenage fashion, wishes she were older and gets herself into a few mishaps trying to act that way.

This book is definitely geared to a much younger crowd- early teenager- which is nice because it seems there aren't a lot of books out there geared to the younger teenage crowd (under 15).  This book is full of mishaps and moments that made me smile.  It took me a little bit to get into the book but I found the characters to be amusing and there were several very memorable, stand out moments.

Diamonds are a Teen's Best Friend is only $.99 on Amazon now through December.  This is a great time to check out this book which is the first in the series.


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