Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge 2014: In Bloom by Katie Delahanty #SRC2014

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The fourteenth book on our schedule is In Bloom by author Katie Delahanty.

About the book:

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the hot lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all… 

I really feel like a broken record at this point, but I'll say it again, I loved this book!  (I MAY or may have not read it twice in two days!) Katie Delahanty's book was really great.  It centers around Olivia Bloom and her new life in L.A.  Olivia (Liv sometimes for short) has recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a costume designer.  She has a few little jobs here and there that she is able to get, but she feels like maybe she isn't cut out for L.A.  Her luck changes when she receives a job as a designer for a lingerie company.  She also catches the attention of a very famous singer named Berkeley Dalton.  When they first meet, she thinks that she has made a fool of herself.  They run into each other a few times and then finally he asks her out on a date, and by date I mean that he invites himself over for dinner.  Olivia can't seem to get used to the idea that Berkeley cares about her and what his world is really like.  

The characters in this book were a lot of fun.  Olivia's friends are hilarious and her mom was a hoot too.  This book was just plain ole fun!   Even though at times there are some setbacks, there was never anything dark or tragic about this book and that made it very enjoyable.  It was interesting to read about the hard side of "celebrity."  Berkeley seems like a regular person, but he also has a persona that he has to project to the public.  People that don't know Olivia at all say some really horrible things to her. Because of this,  Berkeley and Liv sometimes cannot enjoy something as simple as going to the farmer's market together.  Don't even get me started on the tabloids!

I started and finished this book in one day - it was that good.  I should have been doing other things like laundry, homework, cooking, etc. However, I just wanted to continue reading this book.  I'm *hoping* (pretty please Katie!) that there are more books planned for these characters and their friends! (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!)  If you are looking for an enjoyable read, than read this book!  You won't be disappointed.

About the author:
Katie Delahanty never knew she was a writer. Her childhood obsessions centered on old movies, costumes, fashion, playing dress up, and books. Lots of books. On her quest to play make believe for a living she decided she wanted to be a fashion designer and after satisfying her practical parents by graduating from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies. She went on to pursue her design dreams with a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. Now in charge of the ecommerce business for In Bloom Lingerie, she was asked to start the company blog. Not knowing what to say about lingerie but needing to use bridal keywords, she decided to start a fictional serial about how a girl named Olivia Bloom, who worked for In Bloom Lingerie, became engaged. And that's when Katie fell in love with storytelling and the path to make believe became clear. She hasn't looked back since.

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'Praise for the book:

"In Bloom is absolutely magical. With Olivia Bloom, Katie Delahanty has created a heroine who will both capture your heart and leave you longing to move to Los Angeles to pursue your own Hollywood dream. A dazzling debut novel with adventure, humor, and passion."--Marjorie Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Summer at Tiffany

"A delightful and dazzling Hollywood romp that had me laughing and loving all the way through!" --Ophelia London, author of
 Abby Road

"We're all Livs at heart...if she can meet her Prince Charming, maybe, just maybe, we can too. Liv reminds us to take a jump, to soar!" --Lola Jaye, author of By the Time You Read This

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