For eighteen year old Gia Winters, having a movie star for a father, a former Playboy bunny as a mother, a Hollywood mansion, and a closet stocked with Chanel is simply another day in the life.
But her world is turned upside down when her father mysteriously hires a group of bodyguards to trail the family 24/7 and threatening phone calls from a "Dr. D" start buzzing daily.
When Gia scores the coveted role of Miss Golden Globe, she is forced to strike a deal with her bodyguard, Jack, who is almost as arrogant as he is attractive. Juggling Gia's romantic failures, fashion faux pas, and celebrity obsessions, the duo investigate a series of clues with the help of a police cadet, who has a special set of skills and an even better set of dimples.
But with the Golden Globes just around the corner, danger levels rise higher than her stilettos as Gia learns that the biggest secrets might be the ones buried in her own home.
In a place where the hills have eyes, high school nemeses, bad hair days, raging parties, and stolen kisses, there can only be trouble for a girl who was just starting to consider herself lucky. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
4/5 stars, out-dated references
Lucky Me by Saba Kapur jumped into the action from the get-go. Luckily for readers, it was a pretty engaging story. Gia Winters is a privileged eighteen-year-old who has been unluckily targeted by a "Dr. D" who threatens to ruin her moment. For the most part, this book was funny, intriguing, and fun.
Gia was a great main character. Her voice was strong, funny, honest, and undeniably that of a stereotypical spoiled brat. She was perfect for carrying the story from start to finish, despite her sometimes inconsistent interactions and feelings for people.
The main reason I stuck with this book, aside from Gia, was that it's an actual mystery that was being unraveled before my eyes. I made my guesses. They were wrong. It's always great when a book (movie, tv show, etc.) really makes you guess who-done-it. See below for what drove me crazy about this...
Yes, there was a mystery and I liked that. What I didn't like was that it didn't need to be a mystery of who it was at all. You'd have to read the story to understand what I mean, but when the person is revealed, I was like, "seriously?"
This book was absolutely littered with out-dated references that an 18-year-old from 2016 would not make. Like, 90's references. A lot of the actors the main character liked were older men, and, with the exception of George Clooney and Leo DiCaprio, I didn't really believe she'd have an inkling of attraction for them.
The characters didn't feel consistent. Sometimes they were extremely naive, idiotic, and contradictory...Also, it felt like the author had too many characters to keep tabs on and would write them off to make things easier for certain scenes.
In relation to the "too many characters" problem I mentioned above, a lot of things were told, not shown.
To be honest, I know why the main character ended up with a *certain person,* but it still left me exasperated because I expected the story to end a certain way. The end in general was a bit weird. It felt like a cliffhanger almost? I'm not sure. I would certainly read a sequel to this, though.
Gia. She was so truly a teenager, with snarky comments and a lot of nervous breakdowns.
Jack was kind of a problem at times, but I like problematic characters. He had Gia's best interests at heart, worked for his money, and put up with the twists and turns that Gia kept pulling him around.
Aria was a side-character, but she stood out more than any of Gia's other friends. I liked her. I wanted more of her, especially during a certain scene that takes place at school during a high-stress moment for Gia.
For contemporary lovers, yes.
Lucky Me by Saba Kapur was published April 5, 2016.