Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Seeds of a Daisy by Alison Caiola

Title: The Seeds of a Daisy
Author: Alison Caiola
Published: December 2012
Genre: Chick Lit, Womens Fiction
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

From the outside looking in, Lily Lockwood, popular star of the hit TV show St. Joe's, has it all. Recently nominated for an Emmy, her star is definitely on the rise. She shares her gorgeous Malibu beachfront home with her even more gorgeous actor boyfriend. Perfect, right? Not so much!

Within a matter of just a few days, it all falls apart. The wind is knocked out of her when she finds out that her boyfriend, on location shooting a western, is riding horses all day and his curvy co-star all night. Before Lily can catch her breath, she gets word that her mother, best-selling author daisy Lockwood, is in intensive care after a near-fatal accident. Lily flies across the country to be by her side. The girl, who has a hard time deciding if her Chai Latte should be Grande or Venti, is now faced with making crucial life and death decisions.

While rifling through Daisy's papers, she comes across shocking information about her mother that threatens to shake her very foundation. Lily embarks on a journey of self-discovery and closure as she seeks to unlock the mysteries of her mother's past.

Review:

Firstly, I'd like to thank the author for sending me a copy to read and review. 'Twas very kind of you:)

Secondly, I'd like to say that there are SPOILERS in this review. Yes. There are indeed. Don't say I didn't warn you.

I thought the events detailed in The Seeds of a Daisy unfolded not unlike that of a soap opera. We have the braindead mother on the verge of death in the hospital, our heroine has suspicions of her boyfriend cheating on her with his costar, she finds out at some point that she's pregnant, [MAJOR SPOILER ALERT] at one point she discovers that she has a half-brother she never knew about, and that her mother had a secret relationship with a man years ago....To be honest, it was a tad too much for me to swallow.

To be sure, I liked how The Seeds of a Daisy really gives you insight into the life of a movie star, how the paparazzi and fandom can really get to a celebrity. A lot of people probably don't quite realize that celebrities aren't some mystical, all-powerful force--they live their lives to the best of their abilities, just like everyone else.

This story was well-written. Some things about it ticked me off (for example, how Lily and Robbie's relationship started and ended; it was too quick--just days after meeting each other, they have sex and even have pet names like "Lil" for each other--and then Robbie immediately ditches her when the long-lost brother David throws a hissy fit, even after demonstrating time after time what a "reliable" and "loyal" guy he is.), but even so, I enjoyed how the ending wasn't all, "And they all lived happily ever after." I hate those endings, as they are usually undeserved. Luckily, Seeds of a Daisy did not do that:)

However, I feel like there's something missing from the story, something to give it that extra oomph, to really push it above and beyond. It needs that zing, that spark of originality. I don't quite know what that spark is--when it comes down to it, for any book you read, it's all up to the author to figure it out for him/herself--but I know that this story could be much better than it was if it had had it.

-Hannah

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