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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Among a Thousand Stars by Jo Bartlett
Published by So Vain Books on June 2, 2015
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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When her mother turns up naked and proud during her first term at college, Ashleigh Hayes assumes that life can’t get any more embarrassing. Ten years later, with best friend Stevie at her side, and a successful career as a freelance photographer for monthly magazine Glitz, it looks like she might have finally got the hang of things. Only she seems to have inherited the embarrassment gene from her mother and her every encounter with new boss, Tom Rushworth, looks set to send her career spiraling backwards. Getting past their shaky start, Ashleigh and Tom embark on a relationship that was only ever meant to be a bit of fun. But when life, paparazzi and love-sick Labradors get in the way, they suddenly find themselves caught in a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Love and Ashleigh don’t go well together. Her last boyfriend cheated on her with a librarian, and the most ardent suitor in her life is an aging rock star who just left fiancé number 7. Between her new age mom embarrassing her any chance she gets, and her sticking her foot in her mouth every time she gets around her new boss Tom, life is most definitely not going her way. With only her stylist best friend Stevie at her side, Ashleigh can only hope that true love is out there somewhere.
So I liked this book, but I didn’t like like it. Among a Thousand Stars is pretty standard chick lit fare (boy and girl meet cute, fall in love, something comes between them, happy ending) but for a change the female protagonist is not a journalist but is a photographer at a sleek magazine. I just didn’t connect with the two main characters, Ashleigh and Tom. Neither of them was horrible but on the flip side neither was super likeable. Tom was a bit of a prat but Ashleigh totally bought into it. They were like vanilla ice cream to me; fine but would have been better with fudge and nuts. The two best characters in the book were Stevie the best friend and Zac the handsy rock star, they totally stole the show. So all-in-all this book was fine, not horrible, and not awesome but a fast read that did have some good moments that were a slight cut above the average.