Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Swoon Romance
Holly was very relatable for me because she was stuck in between both worlds. She doesn’t know if she should hang out with the interns because she’s not really an intern or with the famous ones because she’s not a celebrity either. She’s a person who has low self-confidence, and is afraid of other people’s judgements towards her. She’s always afraid on how she’ll fit in and all that stuff. I totally found myself in her. Moreover, she struggles with her feelings (especially love) and with some issues in her family. It was great seeing her being able to balance all these things well. Besides, I love how she hyperventilates and rants. It was really adorable and cute. Although, there were some times that I was annoyed at her because of the decisions she makes. It also made me sad that she doesn’t keep in touch that much with her friends back in Cedar Junction.
Serena, one of Holly’s celebrity friends, was amazing. She was a fun person to be with, and she complemented Holly’s personality. The two of them can be a great dynamic duo. It was just sad that she didn’t appear that much in the latter part of the book. I found something fishy with Keller from the start, so I felt indifferent, but it was cute seeing the first few interactions between Keller and Holly.
Grayson was another story. Until now, I don’t know if I’m going to like him or not. His decisions are confusing, and some of it aren’t what I typically think or see from stories, which I’m glad for. Even though he’s a celebrity, I find that he’s still a teenager despite all that fame, who still struggles with all the things that surround him. Among all the characters, I think Lacey was the one who took the complete 360 degree turn. Lacey and Holly’s friendship was really weird, but I liked how it progressed as the story continued to unfold.
Despite all these, I think some parts could have been intensified more, or maybe I’m just not used to reading light stories anymore. Nevertheless, Holly Hearts Hollywood is a nice, easy and light read that is about finding oneself and learning how to break out of one’s shell. I can’t wait for the next book (I hope there will be one!) because it kind of ended cliffhanging. Phew! Oh, and I absolutely love the cover; it’s simple but it’s so pretty to look at!