Friday, April 18, 2014

The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom {BLOG TOUR + REVIEW}


Book Title: The Accidental Socialite
Author: Stephanie Wahlstrom
Genre: Contemporary, Chick-lit, Romance
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
                   by Swoon Romance

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Blurb:

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks. 

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer. 



Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all. 



When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.
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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:


The book revolves mainly around Paige, a 22-year-old girl who has just moved to London in order to begin a new life. Like anyone else, she is nervous and excited about her life in London, which seems to start off pretty well when she gets to know Lucinda (the person who comes to be the closest friend of Paige in London) and later is asked out by a handsome hunk Jason and ends up in The Box (not a literal one though). The story takes its pace from the moment Paige gets a little too drunk and trips and falls only to get held by an unknown stranger. Very soon afterwards, a gossip that spreads like a wildfire through every newspapers and magazines, claims that the superstar Chelsea footballer, “notorious ladies man”, Stuart Smith is dating someone behind his pop star wife’s back. And guess what? The front page is covered with Paige’s photo with the ‘unknown stranger’. Uh-oh.

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 London 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 London 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.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it, and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. After a fateful trip to Mexico in 2006, Stephanie decided to move to New York City to work in film development. A year later she went back home to write My Green House, a factual TV series. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with eggs benedict, fruit roll- ups and travelling, she also works in children’s television. The Accidental Socialite is her first novel.


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