Rating : 1/10
My experiments with rom-coms and chick-lit are going awry and wrong, and Celebrity Bride is the latest in my series of disasters. I picked up the book primarily because the author's previous book was called 'the new Bridget Jones'. Getting this book was a big mistake because this is one of those books that insult the reader's intelligence. Also..where is it written that romance and comedy ought to be bereft of some intelligence and common sense?
The story goes like this: Kelly Monsoon is living the dream. Hollywood super star Rufus George is in love with her and has asked her to move in with him, something that takes Kelly to a whole different celebrity world. Which just means shopping, clothes, wine, parties, clothes, shopping, wine, parties...yeah, you get the picture. I don't mind suspending disbelief if it means I can have a good laugh. But reading one of the stupidest heroines ever is so very difficult.
Kelly cannot see who is manipulating her. She does not question, ever. Because you know..that's common sense and she doesn't want to have it. She takes dangerous diet pills, doesn't call her best friends even after offending them because a new acquaintance thinks she ought to wait for them to call her. She sees the acquaintance hand over her switched-on phone, though she's sure she switched it off when she gave it and doesn't ask a single question as to who who turned it on or why. She spies on her boyfriend's house, searching for signs of infidelity. Again because she was asked to. What happened to her free will? Why can't she decide? I wished I could do a Thursday Next, jump in to the book and rewrite Kelly!
Kelly doesn't tell the police the truth about where she was when a murder happened..because you know..she was in the 'secret place' where she hangs out with Rufus and she doesn't want the media to know about it. Oh yes, it doesn't matter of course, that telling the police the truth might save her from any consequences. The police, even though it's a tough task, manage to be as stupid as Kelly! They conveniently make major mistakes which add to the little plot there is. Alison Kervin's writing was very funny at first..but with such a heroine like Kelly, it just didn't matter.
And just when you thought she couldn't get more irritating, Kelly lectures in the finale about how she won't be a 'Celebrity Bride' and she'll have a lovely, cozy, intimate wedding only with close friends and not the glamorous people of Hollywood.
This book is one of the most irritating ones that I've read in quite a while and it is unintentionally funny too, when you come to think of it! Maybe it just didn't work for me, but I still wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Better to be bored than reading this!