What happens when you are followed by millions . . . and loved by none?
Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade is trying to build a life for herself far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. Until she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant— an offer she can’t refuse.
Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents as Logan discovers that, beneath the glossy façade, the wounds that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business.
As Kelsey tries desperately to break away and grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another, and Logan must question if their childhood has left them both too broken to succeed. Logan risks everything to hold on, but when Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected . . . and saving herself.-book description
The story its self is loosely based on Brittany Spear's life.
"It started a couple of years ago. We talk every morning at eleven to check in and make a plan for the day — what we wanna accomplish that day, anything we've read — and we're lucky enough to do it in person." Nicola says about her writing relationship with Emma. Both are accomplished novelist. Especially with the Nanny Diaries.
"We kept coming back to this conservatorship, and once we started researching what the legal requirements for conservatorship was, it really blew our minds! It didn’t seem like Britney [Spears] fit the criteria in any shape or form. We got curious and started doing research. The more we delved into her family history, the more it seemed like her father was the last person who should be in charge of her indefinitely. We thought, "that’d be a great book." Nicola recently told Autostraddle in an interview.
"The thing about privilege is that although it can alter one's ability to feel sympathy for the privileged person's situation, it doesn't alter the fact that the privileged people are human beings with hearts and feelings and stuff too. I mean, they actually are human beings. I think we expect celebrities to be super-human, that somehow wealth should make heartbreak easier. And it does, in some ways (mostly I'm thinking about being able to afford a lot of massages, xanax and whiskey). But hearts all break the same way. Life isn't just money. Life is also people."-riese
The book is a fast read, just like the authors’ other novels, but it has a much darker edge than The Nanny Diaries. This isn’t necessarily a good thing. While
I couldn’t put it down, I did find some major flaws with it. The timeline isn’t everything it should be. I felt like it jumped ahead very quickly. The rebuilding of the relationship between Kelsie and Logan is glossed over as they jump ahead to her international tour where Logan has apparently perfected the art of being assistant to a multi-millionaire popstar in no time flat. Or maybe it took months, I actually don’t know, it isn’t clear. -rosie
This is one read that you'll find a rollercoaster that you can't put down, or you might realize, hey..haven't I read this all before in the tabloids about Britney's meltdowns.
If you love this writing team, I'm sure you'll want to pick up this book quickly. Of course, a few out there will probably think..isn't it about time these girls move on to supernatural romance of some kind.