Kimberley Santos, Pop Couture
Of all celebrities, I guess there are more surprising names lately that have become authors (Justin Bieber, I\’m looking at you) but Nicole Richie has made a surprisingly enticing sophomore effort here with Priceless.
The story has been read before, seen before in many a teen movie or Harlequin novel. Rich, spoilt princess all of a sudden gets her trust fund and any other funds removed, and she has to escape to a town where nobody knows her name, fend for herself, fall in love.. you know the rest.
Whilst it may be hurtling towards a predictable fairytale ending for the girl who had it all (and it may be art imitating life for the author) I love that each setting and outfit is described to the letter, down to the designer, or label. It seems odd that in a scene after she gets the first bad news about her father, she immediately discusses having a shower, having a facial, and cleanses and tones and what not. I don\’t know, is it just me, but all of my skincare routine goes out the window after sad/bad news?
Nicole has really given us some alluring characters in Agent Scarsford,Â one of the men responsible for helping put her father behind bars, as well as New Orleans native Jackson, both smouldering and caring for Charlotte in different ways â€“ but it takes a lot for me personally to warm to her, as she even acknowledges she wasn\’t the nicest heiress on the block.
Despite the characters that I wanted to know more about and could see their potential, the lasting impressions for me are that it was all too rushed, and that there was not near enough character development for me to actually believe that there would be any romance between the characters. Not even for the rags to riches and back to rags story. It all ended quite abruptly also with a near fairytale ending, somewhat ambiguous. My final reaction was oh. Hmmm..Â See for yourself; I would still recommend any Nicole Richie fans give it a whirl. She has a burgeoning style which has me intrigued.
Available now:Â Â HarperCollins RRP$24.99
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