Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Being Hartley Review...

Fifteen-year-old Thea Wallis was born to entertain. Her mother, Oscar winning actress Cassie Hartley, thinks differently and has kept her daughter out of the spotlight since day one. Coming from showbiz royalty, it hasn't been easy to go unnoticed, but mismatched surnames, a family home in Tasmania and a low-key scriptwriter father has made this possible.

Just like her cousin Rory on the hugely popular TV show Saturday Morning Dance, Thea loves to dance. She learns the show's routines off by heart each week, despite her mother's attempts to convince her that dentistry would be a far more fulfilling career choice.

However, when Rory goes off the rails in LA, Thea's mother is suddenly left with no choice at all – Rory needs them and to LA they must go. Within forty-eight hours, Thea finds herself a long way from Tasmania and living her dream – on the road to Las Vegas with the Saturday Morning Dance team.

It doesn't take long before Thea's talents are discovered and she's offered everything she's ever wanted on a plate, including the dance partner she's had a crush on forever. But, as her mother has always told her, Hollywood dreams come at a price. Thea soon realizes she will have to work out just how much she's willing to pay. And, ultimately, discover her own way to be Hartley.


This was a fun and entertaining book.  Thea and Rory are cousins who are fighting to figure out who they are.  Rory Hartley has been on the same show for years but with the coming changes so is fighting to get out of the show.  Thea Wallis and her mother spend their vacation in LA and Las Vegas with Rory to help her through her struggles.  The trip however is helping Thea decide who she is as well.

This is a great book that shows the struggles of living life as a star and always being in the spotlight.  It also shows the struggle of finding out who you are in life and going for what you want most in life.  I am kind of hoping there is a second book about the Hartley's because I want to know what happens with these characters.  Does Thea get her dream and get to go to school with her cousin in LA?  Does she get her dream guy?  What does Rory end up doing?  What happens with Allie because she is just kind of in the background of this book until the end?

The characters are well rounded and thought up.  The story line is well formed and unique.  I was absolutely thrilled with this book and absolutely recommend it for everybody even if it is a YA book!  Great job on this book Allison I can't wait to read more! 


4.5 out of 5 stars

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