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Teen Picks: “Charly’s Epic Fiascos” by Kelli London

Charly’s Epic Fiascos by Kelli London 

What is it about?
Charly St. James is a famous television star that is living it up in the Big Apple…Or, at least, she will be. If she can escape from Bridgette, her lazy mother who steals all her money to spend gambling, and get to New York City in time to be cast in the auditions for a new reality T.V. show. Seems a little impossible, right? Not for Charly. She is game for anything if it means achieving her dreams. Even if it includes leaving behind all her friends and her sister Stormy, getting her money stolen countless times, crashing a car, sneaking into an audition, and overall turning her life into one, big fiasco!

What I thought of it & why I picked it up: 
Let me just say that when I first got a hold of this book I was extremely excited, mainly because it’s an advance copy which just makes me feel super cool. But…then….I realized that just because it hasn’t officially been released to the public yet, it is still just an average book.

Charly’s character was fierce, determined, and maybe a little naïve but I liked her because she was different. No one really writes those kinds of characters anymore; because there are so many ways they can go wrong. Being too selfish, being too stubborn, you get the point. Kelli London actually did manage to prevent Charly from being either of those things. She was genuine. Even if I didn’t ‘love’ Charly, I did like her and I still felt bad for her and I still wanted her to wind up on top. She has the worst luck in the world, who wouldn’t cheer for her? As for the rest of the characters, I thought they were very original but I didn’t fall in love with any of them, either. It was actually kind of hard to keep up with all of them!

The plot was confusing. You would think that a road-trip book with a determined girl like Charly would be really awesome and deep. Instead, the author had too many events for Charly to get past on that road trip for her character to develop depth. I was expecting something more like Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes, or maybe Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I mean, I get that she is supposed to have multiple fiascos but after awhile I think it starts to get a little complicated and almost dull. Another, more skilled author, might have been able to pull it off, but London just didn’t seem to do the story justice.

Overall, the book was a nice enough read, but not something that will be remembered and read again.

Star Rating:

It was okay

I would suggest this for:  Determined, young women

Review by: Lauren B.

Thanks for the review, Lauren!

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