Author: Keris Stainton
Published: June 7, 2012 by Orchard
A Copy of this Book was Provided by the Publisher for Review
The premise for Emma Hearts LA is exactly what it sounds like- a cute fast read. There isn't much dimension to the story, some might label it fluff, but Emma Hearts LA although underdeveloped, is a sweet story. Emma has recently moved to the LA area with her mother and sister following her parent's divorce. Luckily her neighbor, Oscar, is an old childhood friend, who is there to make the transition easier for Emma. Oscar is your typical boy next door, slightly awkward but the unknowingly charming good guy. However, when accompanying her younger sister on a Hollywood audition, Emma meets teen star Alex, and LA has just become a whole lot more interesting.
The best way to really describe this book is cute. Its an innocent storyline, geared more for a younger audience, as there is more 'butterflies in your stomach' romance as opposed to 'hot sexual tension'. The characters are young and their relationships are purely innocent. Even TV star Alex, who is described as being gorgeous, is too nice and polite!
Although lacking in chemistry, the characters were fun to read. Emma is your typical YA protagonist stuck in an unfortunate love triangle with two amazing guys. Everyone in this book just read a little too sweet or too good that it made it a little boring. I wanted some tension or drama, but there really wasn't much that made this book stand out. There were some 'awe-worthy' moments, such as an awkward first kiss and serenading scene, but it didn't make up for the majority of this book being forgettable.
I would recommend borrowing this book if you're going to give it a shot and would definitely pass it along to a younger (possibly middle grade) reader.