Leah Marie Brown is on the blog today with the fourth in her It Girls series, but the first I’ve read. Follow Laney on her journey of discovery and new things in Paris with
Delaney Brooks is a twenty-something girl who is out of control. Oh she’s not drinking or drugging – but she’s irrespobsible, immature and unfocused. So much so that after crashing her car and being evicted, she’s back with her parents who have said no more. They are tired of the constant worries and struggles as they watch her make one bad decision after another, and now seems to be inert. So an ultimatum is set: she must find a job and an apartment tout suite.
The one thing that has ever captured Delaney’s attention is art, her millennial approach to being “herself’ and expressing herself in all of her arty-ness is a hallmark of her approach to a meandering path to life, always to her own drum beats. On a whim she applies for an internship at a prestigious Paris Gallery, and the position is hers. YAY Laney – off she jets to Paris, determined to show her parents (and the world) that she is someone to contend with. An interesting premise that would take a delicate balance to bring this airy character to fruition and not caricature.
Unfortunately for me, Laney’s text-speak, her inability to seem to focus and a general over-indulgence in pop culture references, a tepid romance and a breezy (if wholly touristy view) of the city let me down. Laney came off as immature, not safe to be allowed out on her own without a warning label, and while I saw glimpses of her knowledge and appreciation of art and the pieces in the gallery took a far back seat of the bus to her immature communication and the fact that I barely passed a sentence without visualizing her face as an emoji.
Not having read earlier books in the series, I can’t say if this flat characterization and missing the high bar from promise of premise to actuality is the norm, or if as the latest in this series the story fell a bit flat – but I do know that it wasn’t for me. Suitable for fans of millennial characters and those who need, at both ends of the story, some significant development and growth.
Title: Owning It
Author: Leah Marie Brown
Series: It Girls #4
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Humor elements, Romantic Elements
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 2 May 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The chance of a lifetime . . . or just another bad decision?
Delaney Lavender Brooks needs to grow up. At least, according to her parents. After getting evicted from her apartment and wrecking her car, Laney is almost ready to trade in her paintbrushes and surrender to a more sensible 9-to-5 existence. Almost. Until she’s awarded an internship at a prestigious art gallery in Paris. What else can the free-spirited artist do but follow her dreams? Even if her latest attempt at chasing rainbows might cost her a real future . . .
Once in the city of lights, Laney is almost undone by the glaring truth: maybe she isn’t sophisticated or talented enough to make it as an artist—or an independent woman, for that matter. And when she’s hotly pursued by a seductive Frenchman, she has to wonder if she’s about to be a fool for love, too. Soon Laney’s greatest challenge is not proving herself to her parents, but having the courage to live the life—and love—of her dreams . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.