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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Everyone wants to be someone.
Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.
But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.
She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.
That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.
Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary story set in Hollywood.
I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of which character was which in this book, but I did get it eventually. Layla was a wannabe reporter, desperate to make it and to make her blog a hit. Aster wanted to be an actress, and to not get married the way her family wanted her to, and Tommy wanted to be a musician. Each of the characters was pretty intent on getting what they wanted though, and seemed happy to go to any length to get there.
The storyline in this was about Layla, Aster and Tommy battling it out for a job promoting a group of nightclubs by trying to see who could get the most clients through the door, especially famous ones. The pace was a bit slow at times, but the story was enjoyable.
The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger!
6.5 out of 10