Monday, 2 December 2013
Review: Diamonds are a Teen's Best Friend by Allison Rushby
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: October 20th, 2013
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. Watch! As Holly Isles, world-famous actress, confides in Nessa over mocktails. Listen! As Nessa coaches Holly in the amazing "Nessa's Lesson's in Love"—the ultimate man-catching rules to finding true and lasting lurv. See! 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.
Diamonds are a Teen's Best Friend is a book I never knew existed until only a few weeks ago. Written by Australian author Allison Rushby, it's a fun read for tweens and teens and is a feel-good caper well worth reading.
As may be apparent from the title, Diamonds are a Teen's Best Friend features an almost fourteen-year-old main character who might just be Marilyn Monroe's biggest fan. Nessa Joanna Mulholland has seen Marilyn's movies hundreds of times, can quote all her lines and has no problem believing her life mirrors the plot of one of Marilyn's screenplays. Nessa is a fun person to get to know throughout the book, even though she can be rash, impulsive and a tad eccentric. She means well, though, even when she's almost destroying a would-be relationship!
This first book in the Living Blond trilogy takes place on a cruise ship as Nessa and her dad are relocating to France. It's an unusual setting for a teen book but one that works well nonetheless; it allows characters to be confined with each other for extended periods of time, leading Nessa to concoct many a questionable plan in the meantime. When Nessa meets Holly Isles, thirty-something TV and film star, her life takes a turn for the dramatic and what follows is a mad few weeks!
Allison Rushby writes with a very conversational style, making the book easy to read and enjoy. I think teens will appreciate everything Nessa's going through as she grows up right before her cringeworthy dad's eyes, fielding embarrassing moment left right and centre. There's even a little bit of romance in Nessa's life, though she soon learns that love isn't all plain sailing. Existing fans of Cathy Hopkins and Cathy Cassidy will appreciate Nessa's story and I'm sure it would do well here in the UK. A great addition to fiction for tween girls!