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I might come back to this some day, but for now I give up. This reads like a debut effort from an English Lit undergrad. Characters are utterly predictable. The plot points extremely formulaic...a poor little poor con girl with an immature bone to pick at a poor little rich girl...whatever could happen? The entire book is laid out via the plans of the con, and really, over 100 pages in with no plot twists, just one boring (and quickly repetitive) sentence after another, I had to give up.
Also, the message feels pretty dated. We’ve been talking about the shallowness and ills of social media stars for awhile now, maybe if this came out a decade ago it would have felt more interesting. I can see why the premise has series potential, but the execution of the narrative is not good.
At the very least you could have dropped bread crumbs of the characters’ back stories rather than hauling us through chapters and chapters of first-person diatribes, killing all mystery. Not to mention in these banal self-absorbed, immature self-reflections, the author seems to forget what she’s told us the characters already know, since they seem baffled by info they’re supposed to have already experienced. So, poor editing, too.
The story goes back and forth between Nina's and Vanessa's perspectives. The former is a small time criminal with a score to settle. Vanessa is from a wealthy family and Nina's target. I had a difficult time responding to either character, and found the pace of the story slow. But the last few chapters were pretty interesting.
This book was all over the place. The repeat scenes from different POVs worked once, maybe twice. The story was too long and actual plot was really thin. The author should have written a screenplay and kept it at that. Pretty cover, empty book.