Faye Martin is a newly single mother with three children, and in order to start a new life, she moves her family to live with her mother in Los Angeles. Soon after their move, Molly, her youngest daughter, is discovered by a famous agent after a video of her dancing with a street performer goes viral on YouTube. Seeing this as a blessing, Faye, who has always had to work hard to make ends meet, allows her daughter to become a child actress. Soon, however, Faye realizes that she must fight to protect her child and her family from the vices and dangers of Hollywood, and that she can’t trust anyone but herself in this world of glitz, glamour, and greed.
What I liked:
- Redfearn’s writing style was fun to read. It’s simple and realistic, which fits perfectly with the story. It’s a story about something that could happen in real life, so the style really portrayed that well. She shows how easy it is to get sucked into the Hollywood machine and how scary it can be to have your child exposed to a world where everyone wants a piece of them.
- The children’s characters were on point. The way Molly spoke was my favorite aspect, lisps and all. It was adorable to read and it reminded me of Shirley Temple. Emily was the eldest, hence the rebellious, angsty teenager. Tom was the sweet, awkward middle child, who seems like a genuinely good kid.
What I didn’t like:
- Faye’s character was annoying sometimes, because she acted like any other greedy, horrible person trying to survive and make a buck in Hollywood, without any regard for the consequences or other people around her. She was just very selfish and defensive at times and I felt like it reflected poorly on her as a mother. But on the other hand, it did make her feel very human and added layers to her character. But I’m not a mother, so what do I know?
- The pace was always fluctuating. There were some lulls in the story, and it was slow at times, where I felt like some scenes were a little too drawn out.
I’m giving this book a hearty 4 ★ stars, because I did like the story and that, since it’s well-written, it was still fun to read through the lulls and get to the riveting bits. I would definitely recommend it as a thought-provoking and realistic portrayal of a modern family’s life and the costs of fame on a normal family.
* No Ordinary Life releases on February 2nd, 2016!