My review of the wonderful Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn

holdenMy lovely friend Tilly Tennant released her gorgeous book Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn yesterday.  I was lucky enough to be able to read this a few weeks ago and I loved it so much.  I want to shout about it and hand out leaflets simply saying, you must read this. I want to stalk people until they’ve bought it, but as that’s kind of frowned upon, here is my official review instead.
I loved this book. Tilly Tennant has an amazing gift of story telling and I’m sure we are going to see great things from her in the future. The story revolves around Bonnie Cartwright a single Mum with a huge crush on Holden Finn, the gorgeous, sexy lead singer of the latest boy band sensation, Every Which Way. We’ve all been there, setting our sights on beautiful movie or pop stars. We’ve imagined meeting them and them of course ditching their model girlfriends and immediately falling in love with us. Falling in love with some out of reach famous person is safe, they’re never going to hurt us, we’re never going to even meet them so we can raise them on the highest pedestal and they will never let us down. But what happens when that dream comes true, what happens when Bonnie not only meets Holden Finn but he falls in love with her? Bonnie is about to find out and it’s absolutely riveting stuff. But there are other complications along the way, Bonnie’s teenage daughter Paige who is depicted beautifully as the sulky teen with all the angst of growing up, having an embarrassing Mum and Gran, and trying to fit in. Bonnie’s mother, Jeanie, who seems to be hell bent on reliving her youth and two other sexy men fighting for Bonnie’s attentions, gorgeous Max and Bonnie’s beautiful ex-husband, Henri. Tilly’s characterization is completely flawless. These are real, solid, tangible people. They are based on people we all know very well and probably have in our own families. Tilly paints them so vividly they walk off the page. I loved Bonnie who would do anything for her daughter, I adored Max and loved Holden. I thought Jeanie’s no nonsense attitude was brilliant and Paige’s love for her Mum, even with the sulky teen angst shines through. I loved the sub characters of Linda, Stavros and even the delivery boy. These were real people, with real characteristics and real problems. The pace of the story is great, picking up the tension and anxiety of meeting her crush, to throwing in the spanner in the works at just the right moment too. The humour in this was great too. I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more from this very talented author.
10* …Oh alright then 5*
You can buy Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn here

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