Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .
Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress–her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.
With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma–and herself.
The first part of this book that I fell completely head over heels in love with, was the cover – can we please just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Evie and Milo are!? I didn’t actually know what I was walking in to with this book, I simply just saw the cover and immediately thought “I must have it!”, so walking in to this book blindly, I can promise you that it was the best thing I have done so far this year and it was absolutely worth purchasing.
Evie is a young, teenage girl, attempting to salvage and claim back the career that was taken away from her, after she was betrayed by her best friend. She knows exactly what she has to do to revitalise her career and that includes reconnecting with her Grandmother. When I first met Evie, she was at the prime of her career, ready to star in a project that was going to change her life forever and unfortunately, within all of the excitement, she became blind sighted to all of the red signs her best friend was signalling right in front of her. Being in the spotlight has definitely shown that it doesn’t come without it’s challenges – people are going to fight you along the way, even those you love. I really felt for Evie at this point and was so desperate to keep turning the pages, in order to see her reclaim everything she had worked so hard for. However, Evie’s agenda wasn’t so impressionable and came across quite selfish. As a young girl, I understood that she didn’t know any other way to reclaim her career, without the help of her Grandma, however, she went about it all the wrong way and sort of proved that she does sometimes have things her way because of her Grandma’s fame.
That all being said, Evie’s character development and the issues behind her attitude was admirable and completely understandable. She had lost the trust of so many people, she had started to not trust herself, therefore relying on her Grandma to support. Evie’s plans do an entire three-sixty spin and she instead, learns some valuable lessons along the way, including getting to know the people around her more, allowing people in and most importantly, realising that she doesn’t need her Grandma in order to become the star she is meant to be, nor does she need the approval of others. It’s a natural habit to always seek validation from other people, instead of yourself, which forces you to hold back on everything you love and want to do in fear. The most important lesson I learnt from this book was that your confidence doesn’t come from anybody but yourself. The only way that Evie was going to recover from her scandal was by claiming back the confidence that had been stolen from her and show everybody that she could make something of herself on her own.
Miles was an absolutely wonderful addition to Evie’s life – a person she didn’t realise she needed, until he appeared and refused to leave. We discover that Miles has an adorable friendship with Evie’s Grandmother, the two of them always helping one another out. Although this is much to Evie’s dismay, Miles is determined to help seek out her Grandmother and refuses to take no for an answer. The two find themselves traipsing all around New York for hints that might lead them to figure out why Evie’s Grandmother ran away in the first place. The dynamics between our two lead characters were every type of fun and swoon-worthy as the story progresses and Evie finally allows Miles in to her life. I really loved his band members/friends – they were so welcoming of Evie and always tried to get her involved in events such as; attending their gigs and attending parties. They allowed Evie to let loose and destress from all that had happened, at least partly. I really want this book to be turned in to a movie – specifically for one scene where Evie and Miles show up at a high society event, glammed up and ready to investigate. I can just picture that movie scene so clearly in my mind and I need it!! And I also think we deserve a movie, solely based on the fact that the ending is just SO DAMN SWEET. That final line, aah!
I couldn’t recommend you all to read this book more. It is every bit a fun, entertaining and adorable YA read, that I can guarantee a lot of people will finish in one sitting. I would also like to request a sequel to this gorgeous story, as I am desperate to know more about the dynamics between Evie and her family, how Gigi and the band are doing, how Evie and Miles are handling everything around their careers. There’s just so much more that could be discovered within these incredible characters! This is my first and most certainly not my last read of Kristina Forest’ – I can’t wait to read I Wanna Be Where You Are and see what she has in store for us next!