Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: From Notting Hill, With Love...Actually, by Ali McNamara

Movie fanatic Scarlett O'Brien dreams of a life more glamorous than her own. So, leaving behind her family, friends, and fiancé, she travels to the infamous Notting Hill to house sit. There she meets eccentric new friends, a hot, sarcastic neighbor, and a mystery from her past. One should be careful what they wish for...

This is one of those rare cases where I think a movie version might supersede the book. This first half of the book I had a hard time relating to Scarlett, and it dragged a tad. With no other word coming to mind, she was just silly. Normally, I love Brit humor and stories, and in a way this was no exception aside from Scarlett. The secondary characters shined, outweighing the main ones, and the underlining tension and back-story were interesting. The hero, Sean, was freakin' amazing. I fell in love with him from the start. The most redeeming quality of the book, however, was the end. Boisterous, ridiculous, and over the top perfect for this storyline.

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