Book Review - Holding Out for a Hero
Holding Out for a Hero* - Victoria Van Tiem
"Libby London fell in love with the eighties, came of age in the nineties, and now the twenty-first century is baffling her. Her New-York-City style is more, erm, vintage tragedy than retro babe and her penchant for All Things Eighties might just be what's holding her back in matters of life and love . . .
At least that's what her well-meaning friends think. They've staged a #80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up to date. What with her dreaded birthday party, friends' madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her vintage shop, Libby's nearing breaking point!
Will she ever be able to move on when the one she loves keeps her in the past?"
Since reading Victoria's last book and falling completely in love with it (you can read my review of it here) I have been looking forward to her next book as I knew if it was anything like the first then I'd love it!
When I found out that 'Holding Out for a Hero' was going to be about the 80's (my love) and Victoria's first book was about RomComs (my big love) I had to take a second to make sure we were not actually the same person because if there are two subjects I love reading about more than anything else then its them. oh and roadtrips, I mean seriously I can not stop reading road-trip books, no idea why, literally no idea, I don't even really like travelling that much but I-can-not-get-enough- of-them.
Anyway, being born in 1990 (whoop whoop represent, represent) I missed out completely on the 80's but having 3 way older sisters they were always playing 80's music and movies so my love grew for everything 80's themed. And once I found out about the brat pack and watched every John Hughes movie ever made I became a fully fledged member of the I heart 80's club, so I was super excited to find out how the 80's would play a role in this book.
And play a role it does, it really is a main feature in the story, there are references galore and I absolutely loved it. I have to be honest that I was expecting the story to be as light and as fun as Victoria's last book and as much as this book is really fun and mostly light hearted too, there is a much more series undertone to certain parts of the book. The seriousness of certain subjects in the book is handled so well and it really doesn't ever bring the tone of the book down. The issues concerning some characters are dealt with really sensitively and comedy is used throughout the book to keep the tone fun when its needed.
At the back of the book, there is a letter from the author asking reviewers not to spoil a certain part of the story and I definitely won't. To avoid all spoilers I'm trying to not even talk specifically about what happens to the main character but I did guess what had happened pretty early on and I felt that it helped me understand the book more once I kinda had it in my head what the twist might be. So don't worry if you accidentally read it somewhere as I actually quite liked knowing (or thinking I knew) what it was anyway and it didn't take anything away from the story, I felt like it made me enjoy it more.
This is a relatively short book too, so if you looking for a really sweet book to get you through January but you don't want to be reading it for weeks give this a go.
Overall I really enjoyed this story, I absolutely loved the 80's element of it and found that whole aspect of the books so much fun, the characters were really easy to like and root for too. If you like your books fun but with a little bit of a twist then have a go with this as I think you will really, really enjoy it. Victoria is such a great writer she makes it so easy to enjoy her books and her writing will always leave you with a heart-warming feeling too.
You can buy Holding Out for a Hero here on Wordery where you can get free worldwide delivery.
P.s How pretty is the cover of this book? So lovely!