This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
No Ordinary Life
Faye Martin is a mom to 3 children- Emily, Tom and Molly. Faye is a woman who does not have a lot of choices. Abandoned by her husband, Sean, Faye soon realizes that her job as a waitress is not going to be enough to keep 3 kids fed and in a home.
She heads to LA to move in with her mother for a bit- find a new job, save some money, decide what the next plan for life is to be.
Fate, Youtube and Hollywood step in.
On a normal day, a day while Faye is looking for a job- she lets the kids play at the outdoor mall. While they can’t shop- there is plenty to see- street performers and such.
A man is dancing and little Miss Molly loves to dance- so she starts dancing in the crowd. Then gets asked up to the stage area. The crowd loves seeing this 4 year old blonde haired cutie dancing and Faye and the kids are proud- that’s their Molly.
A couple of days later- Molly has been found by an agent to child stars in Hollywood and life as the Martin’s know it is over.
Hollywood has it’s glitz and glamour- but soon Faye learns that just because it glitters, does not mean it’s gold.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I read Suzanne Redfern’s debut, HUSH LITTLE BABY, and really enjoyed. Short chapters, tension mounting- it all worked for me. When I was offered a copy of NO ORDINARY LIFE, I took it- because I enjoyed her style of writing.
So, here goes:
While NO ORDINARY LIFE is not a bad book by any means (it’s not, it’s got a lot going for it!) I just nowhere near as much enjoyed it as I did HUSH LITTLE BABY.
Why, you ask?
Listen, I know Faye was new to the Hollywood thing and a lot of people would fall into some of the traps she did. But, her naive attitude started before Molly even became a star. When your hubby abandons you, you do everything in your power to make sure legal affairs are taken care of so that if/when he comes back- well your house is in order. (Again, I understood why Faye did not do those things- but really?!)
Faye, at first, had me feeling a bit conflicted. Like, I understood/could see why she did/didn’t do some things- but as the book goes on, Faye is becoming less sympathetic to me because she’s got some power AND SHE REFUSES TO USE IT.
So, I didn’t care for the mom (she did get some scenes that I could support her in, though). I loved Molly. Such a cute kid and I would have loved to see her jive dancing.
Sean. Ugh. Could we just vote him off the island?
Tom and Emily are fairly well fleshed out and you have to feel for them for things that happen during this
fairy tale nightmare change to their life.
Book cover was perfect.
Nice inside (behind the scenes) look into the life of Hollywood.
In short, I can see this book being a hotly debated book in a book club discussion. What would you do if you were Faye? How young is too young to go to Hollywood? What is the role of the mother in Hollywood?
All in all, I say that No Ordinary Life is a good book- however for a GREAT book- check out Hush Little Baby!
* No Ordinary Life was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
* No Ordinary Life is a February Futuristic Friday selection by Katie at Doing Dewey. For more reads, please check out the Futuristic Friday list. *
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T