Happy Girl Lucky

The Valentines Book One

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review

It turns out that being a member of a famous acting dynasty isn't all it's cracked up to be. Hope Valentine's older siblings might be splashed all over the tabloids, but she's strictly banned from being in the limelight until she's 16.

But Hope lives up to her name and rides through life on a wave of optimism – she can find a positive spin on anything, from her mum being in rehab to those rumours that her parents are about to get divorced. And as for romance, well, it's only a matter of time before she meets her leading man.

But when Hope falls for a handsome American boy and resolves to bring her family back together, she might just discover that life is not a movie – not even when you're in LA...

This brand new series from Geek Girl creator Holly Smale is a charming read, with Hope's idiosyncrasies and unique grasp of the English language making her an endearing character to spend time with.

Readers might find Hope's unwavering rose-tinted spectacles frustrating at first, but they'll soon be cheering her on as she begins to grow and take control of her life. A light-hearted but satisfying story.

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