"Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family, and really, really good hair. Well, there's the famous rock-star father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of 'challenging' boyfriends, but nobody's perfect.
But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she suddenly finds herself fighting to keep her job, her reputation and her sanity. Then David Gold - handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious - is sent in to manage the media crisis . . . and Ellie.
David thinks she's a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he's a shark in a Savile Row suit, so it's just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds . . ."
I am the biggest fan of Sarra Manning and always have been since I picked up her books as a young teenager. This is Sarra's 4th (I think) foray into non-young-adult books (grown-up peoples books? I have no idea the term for this. Bow down to my amazing book reviewing skills people, I know your impressed)
Whatever category you want to put this book in I thought it was pretty damn awesome.
Don't be put off by thinking it's just some samey chick-lit story because it's not. Sarra's writing is so exquisite that she manages to turn what could have been a run of the mill girl meets boy story into a really fun but also thought provoking story of a girl living in extraordinary circumstances. There is a lot of twists and turns and you really do want to keep reading on to see if Ellie gets her happy ever after.
The thing that effected me most with this book was what Ellie goes through after being flung into the lime light. The book gave such an interesting and kinda sad insight into the 'celebrity' industry. The whole celebrity privacy/tabloid thing is a topic that I have written about on my blog before (in THIS post) and it's obviously at the forefront of everyone's mind at the moment because of the whole Solange/Jay-z elevator-gate shizzle that's going down.
Clearly there has been an issue of some sorts gone on there but whatever it is after reading this book I can't help and think of the other side of the story. Solange being hounded by the press over something I'm sure that's super private, the gossip, rumour and lies about it all. This book shows such a human side of those kind of situations through Ellie's story and I just found that a really interesting thing to think about.
To be honest after finishing this book I felt like I could have had a good ole' 5 hour debate on how messed up some of the celebrity world can be and the way it works and how it just really makes me not want to indulge these people who take part in it but ultimately its such an ingrained part in most of our lives that as much as I try to stay away from certain aspects of it, I along side probably most of you reading this was responsible for one on those clicks on that TMZ video yesterday.
So wrongly or rightly I just don't think I'm ready to give it up yet....well not until I find out what went down in the Knowles camp, come on people I'm only human!
'It Felt Like A Kiss' is a perfect summer read that will make you smile as much as it makes you think. I hope you love this story as much as I did.
You can buy the paperback HERE for £3.50
And download the Kindle version for £3.32
P.S No spoilers but a pivotal line in the book is one of my all time favourite quotes from Gilmore Girls (apart from 'CopperBoom' of course) I wonder if the author is also a fan or if it is just a coincidence? Any of you that's read the book, do you know which line I mean?