Book Title: The Accidental Socialite
Author: Stephanie Wahlstrom
Genre: Contemporary, Chick-lit, Romance
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
by Swoon Romance
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The book revolves mainly around Paige, a 22-year-old girl who has just moved to
Before Paige can understand the gravity of the situation and take necessary steps, things go totally out of hand. And her life’s never the same. It feels like a roller-coaster ride, thanks to all the news articles or magazines. Sometimes she’s having the most awesome moments of her life, and sometimes she’s apparently dying of heartbreak. And all these times, Paige is either too dumbstruck or frustrated to react. I loved Paige’s character in a way that it’s easy to connect with somehow. Even if you are not in the similar context, you can empathize. If you have ever heard or read or faced a rumor about you that was so shocking and pissing and life-alteringly disgusting, your heart would clearly go out for her (I’m saying that because mine did!)
Paige’s life in
carries out in a trial-and-error way. She makes mistakes, of course. She hopes
to have a normal life, she hopes to date a normal guy; even when things are messed
up, she tries to enjoy its perks. She is smart, brave and doesn't mind having those silly girlish plans or dreams. But at one point she finally understands some
things isn't worth the risk. She can’t change what has happened, but her
decision lets her set her priorities. Paige’s journey is beautifully and very
realistically built. Her character is so well drawn that the more you read, the
more you’d feel familiar with the character. There were times where I felt I
was reading The Devil Wears Prada, one of the reasons I like this book.
For the minus sides, now, let me tell you it is a book loaded with potentials. Otherwise I wouldn't have liked it in the first place. But when a book starts off beautifully and is carried out so nicely, you cannot blame me for having high expectations from it. If I divide the book in three equal parts, I would say what disappointed me a little was the third part, along with the ending. It was good. But not the kind of ending I had expected. I am not asking for some mushy-gushy romance, but at least a little more than this (you’ll understand once you've read). Something about the ending seemed amiss, but I can’t quiet put my finger on it. Then, throughout the book, I often felt like I was reading a memoir. I’m NOT a memoir hater. Even though my blog doesn't feature any I do read them. But memoir-reading happens very rarely; it’s usually not something I like to discuss because I feel they’re someone’s personal experience and I kind of have no right to comment on it in any way. So there were moments I felt like Paige was an actual person and I was reading her travel memoir called “Days I spent in
and What I Learned”. I don’t mean to sound sarcastic, and I’m not being one.
But I really believe the author has more potentials as a writer than it is
shown here, I just wish I could have seen more.
The Accidental Socialite is a nice book with a pinch of everything- friendship, romance, comedy, troubles, frustration- you name it. Specially, if you enjoy themes like cross-country, cross-culture travel and the issues there with a mix of lighthearted fun and seriousness (even if that sounds confusing in my words), you may give this one a try.
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