About the Book
Troy Alexander (19) chases fame as a lead singer in New York City, but finds nothing but heartbreak. So he takes a job as a paparazzi to earn enough money to go back home. His assignment lands him in the path of Ashlyn Sunshine, teen pop star (19 going on 25). They end up spending one memorable summer afternoon together, but could someone as amazing as Ashlyn ever like a guy like him — or is he headed for another heartbreak?
Bonus Short Story:
CHAIN REACTION (Prequel to HAUNTING JOY)
When a “reveal your secret crush” chain letter goes awry, Joy gets caught in the middle.
A lighthearted contemporary romance for teens and young adult
Novelette & Short Story.
5 out of 5 (stars)
Take A Picture
With my recent love for YA, I was really looking forward to reading this book and it didn’t disappoint me at all!
The story takes off with a certain young man, Troy, who’s trying to make enough money to go home because after a year in the city, he’s been unable to fulfill his dream of becoming a recording artist. He believes the only way he can do so quickly is to join the throng of paparazzi that chase after celebrities.
But Troy already has his celebrity picked–Ashlyn Sunshine. They eventually meet and this is where the story begins.
What struck me the most was Troy’s decision to be honest with Ashlyn about who he was, his background and dreams. Of course, he only decides this after some hesitancy. Also, despite knowing how wealthy Ashlyn was, he decided to be the perfect gentleman in every way possible when he took her out to lunch. I thought it was lovely! It’s no wonder things turned out the way they did for the two of them at the end.
I also have to applaud Lena for this beautifully written piece! The entire story was written in Troy’s POV (point of view), but not once did I find Ashlyn’s character lacking in development. Lena used Troy’s perception of Ashlyn to craft her so well in the eyes of a reader, that I had no doubt the kind of personality Lena was trying to portray of Ashlyn. Also, the language style was VERY YA. I marveled at that! Well done, Lena!
The only qualm I had with this book was that it finished too soon. I remember swiping over the last page and I panicked, yelling, “That’s it? No, no, no!” I really wished at that point that it was a novel and not a short story, not because it lacked in anything at all, but because I simply wanted the story to continue!
Finally, there is no Christian theme in this story.
Chain Reaction (Prequel to Haunting Joy)
I haven’t read the sequel to this book (which was published before this short story), so I didn’t know what to expect. What I do know is that after reading it, it created such an intriguing premise for the sequel that I found myself itching to read it!
The story begins with Joy, a teenager, who gets passed a note right before class begins. This note puts her in a dilemma and she finds herself caught in the very things that she swore she wouldn’t indulge in. Of course there are consequences, but everything eventually turned out better than she’d hoped.
What I liked about the story was that it taught Joy to face her worst fears and conquer them. I could see that because of this incident, the power that a certain group of peers had over her faded at the end of the story, with the help of a new-found friend. She also learned that even though love (or a crush) doesn’t work out the way she’d hoped it would, it wasn’t a bad thing at all. That special someone just might be around the corner. A simple, sweet, and lovely read indeed!
There isn’t a Christian theme in this story.
*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much thanks to the author for offering me a free copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
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About the Author
Lena Goldfinch lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of “sigh-worthy” romance. You can visit her online at http://www.lenagoldfinch.blogspot.com.