Beneath The Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler
Beneath The Glitter #1
Published: September 4th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary
Rating: 1 out of 5
Source: NetGalley (Thank you NetGalley & St. Martin’s Griffin!)
Summary:Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite. Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor. But as they’re about to discover, the life they’ve always dreamed of comes with a cost.
Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal. Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other.
Beneath The Glitter is about two sisters rise to fame via their YouTube videos on fashion and makeup going viral. Sounds a lot like the authors lives right? Both Elle & Blair have mentioned that the novel is “loosely” based on their lives but to be honest after finishing the book, it didn’t seem “loosely” at all.
The book opens up with the sisters being arrested so off the bat you know there’s a betrayal going on but this betrayal is only mentioned in the first chapter and the last page of the book. It isn’t mentioned or really hinted at at all through out the rest of the book and since there’s a flood of nothing but romance, you sort of forget about it. With that said, the book read more like a day-to-day check in with the lives of the two London sisters — Ava and Sophia. There a lot of talk about boyfriends, parties and overly descriptive posh settings.
The thing that annoyed me the most was how superficial both girls seemed and how multiple paragraphs were written in all caps. There should be no reason for that — ever! It just looks tacky. What editor would let that slip?! There was no character development at all, there was no suspense and there was no climax.
The only thing I enjoyed about this book was one character — Giovanni who was sort of an “all knowing” kind of guy. I liked his advice and his attitude but I didn’t like how Sophia was fixated on if she should kiss him or not because he’s a bartender (hello superficial!). Other than that, I wouldn’t really recommend this book.