Life is about to get real in Mulholland Creek.
Hoover High sophomore, Ali Harvist, and reality show ‘It’ girl, Chloe Winterhaven, exist in two completely different worlds. When Ali’s family abruptly relocates from Ohio to the exclusive oceanside community of Mulholland Creek, California, the lives of these young women suddenly and unexpectedly collide. Attending the same school that serves as a backdrop for the hit television show Mulholland High only adds to the drama. In alternating first-person chapters, follow the young women as they contend with an exclusive play premiere, a manipulative (and unfortunately all-too attractive) ex-boyfriend, budding new loves, and a slimy executive producer – all while the cameras are rolling!
Take One at Mulholland High is a light-hearted novel perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and MTV’s The Hills.
Title: Take One at Mulholland High
Author: Courtney Brandt
Publication Date: October 8, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
This book was dramatic, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable! If you’re a fan of Secrets of My Hollywood Life then this would be a great book to check out.
The book started off strong by giving good introductions to both of the main characters, Chloe and Ali, and their situations without it being an information dump. I was instantly interested in learning more about them and eager for the drama to begin.
The book was very well-paced and balanced between drama, romance, and revealing important information. Also, it was set up well for book 2. There are still enough problems that need to be resolved in book 2 to keep me intrigued, but also, I received enough resolve to be okay.
One negative for me was the switching between Chloe and Ali’s. Sometimes, when switching between the POVs, the author would go back in time to cover some things that happened to one of the girl’s. At times, this back and forth between time became confusing because I wasn’t sure how far back in time the chapter would go or if I had already experienced part of what I was reading from the other girl’s POV. I don’t feel like I was often confused, but it happened enough that I felt like I should point it out. I was happy, however, to get both sides of the story from both girls.
Lastly, I don’t think I’m a big fan of one of the main characters, Ali. She was definitely important to the story and had some funny moments, but overall, I just wasn’t really excited about her character. She would get annoying sometimes or would just do dumb things that seemed obviously dumb. I appreciated that she had flaws and didn’t make all the right choices, but I just wasn’t really a fan.
However, overall, I enjoyed this book. The drama was enthralling, the romance was achingly-beautiful, and the reality show was heated. Can’t wait for Take Two!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.