Happy Girl Lucky (The Valentines #1) by Holly Smale #bookreview #YA #contemporary #romance

Title: Happy Girl Lucky

Author: Holly Smale

Publisher:  HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

Page Count:  480

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Introducing The Valentines – Happy Girl Lucky, the first book in the hilarious new romantic-comedy series by Holly Smale, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Geek Girl books.

Fame – it runs in the family!

The Valentine sisters – Hope, Faith and Mercy – have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn’t matter how far she has to go to find it.

Except real life isn’t like the movies. Unless of course you’re a Valentine . . .

Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale is the first book of the new young adult contemporary romance The Valentines series. Each book of this series is going to feature one of the Valentine sisters so they could read as a standalone if choosing to do so with each having a different lead although there is a lot of character building of the entire family within this opener for the upcoming installments.

Happy Girl Lucky introduces the readers to Hope, the youngest of the four Valentine siblings. Hope is only fifteen with four months away from her sixteenth birthday and she is not allowed to be in the family fame spotlight just yet. Hope’s mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have all been famous movie stars and now all her siblings are getting into the business too leaving her feeling left behind.

The paparazzi are relentless when it comes to this famous family right at the moment though with Hope’s mother at a retreat for her mental health. Hope’s father is away on location of his latest movie and rumors are flying about the family. Hope however would rather have her moment in the spotlight when she finds her leading man.

I don’t really read much contemporary young adult but I have seen the Geek Girl series around quite a bit and have been curious so seeing this new series I thought it was a good chance to check out this author. I honestly thought this was rather cute and fun to read but I would warn that the main character in this first book doesn’t quite feel her age. Hope is very sheltered and that shows immensely in her own fantasy “movie” world but I had fun with the style that brought to the book when Hope ran her imaginary scenes. In the end I enjoyed this but I’m not the age it is marketed to and I’m not sure the main character would be as likable to that crowd.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Holly Smale is the author of Geek Girl, Model Misfit, Picture Perfect and All That Glitters. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

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