Saturday, 11 June 2016

My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger

Sponsored post: I received a finished paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks Little Brown Book Group UK.
My Favourite Manson Girl
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Anna has had a miserable year. Everything feels wrong with her life. And rather than stay and face the mess, she steals a credit card and books herself a seat on the first flight out of town to Los Angeles, to crash with her sister. But soon after she lands, cold reality soon dawns on her: Hollywood isn't the escape she needs. She is trapped in a town full of lost souls and wannabes, with no friends, no cash and no return ticket.

When she's offered a job researching the murderous Manson girls for a dubious film, she reluctantly accepts - she needs the money. But soon enough, among the fake smiles and glitter-fuelled parties, things turn from strange, to dark, to dangerous . . .

This is not going to be the summer Anna had in mind.

My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My Favourite Manson GirlThis was a YA contemporary story about a girl visiting her sister in LA for the summer.

Anne was a bit of an annoying character really, although I did feel a bit sorry for her the way her mother treated her. I’d personally have been a bit hacked off though if my daughter stole my wife’s credit card and flew across the country to LA using it.

The storyline in this was about Anne getting to LA by ill begotten means, and basically staying with her sister for the summer. She meet a few actors/actresses/producers, and had a bit of a romance with a boy called Jeremy, but every time an interesting storyline came along, it seemed to just get forgotten again, and the book became a bit slow and dull. I also didn’t really get the whole ‘Manson girl’ storyline.

The ending to this was okay, but I wasn’t sure that Anne had really learned anything whilst in LA at all.

6 out of 10

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