by Renee Ahdieh
Published by Revolution Publishing
Available: May 2011
Cris Pereira hates starring in a cautionary tale. Alas, her recent heartbreak relegates her to this unbecoming fate. The only good thing about being dumped a foot from the altar is the newest layer to her punchy sarcasm. All she wants is a do-over, but this is not your average fairy tale, and wishes don't come true in the real world. One Sunday afternoon, she meets a movie star. Tom Abramson is intelligent, charming, and impetuous. In other words, he plays the role a bit too well. She isn’t falling for it. She knows better. All British men are not descendants of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and movie stars are genetic mutations gone awry: X-Men with statistical disadvantages and emotional handicaps. Keep your knight in shining armor. A modern girl can rescue herself, thank you very much. After all, dreams are for the foolhardy, nightmares are just a part of life, and . . . this is not your average fairy tale. (from Goodreads)
Cristina is no stranger to heartbreak, unfortunately - and the last thing she is looking to do is fall in love. So when she escorts her two nieces to a celebrity meet and greet, she never believed that this chance encounter to one of the wildest rides of her life. Always weighing the pros and cons in making every decision of her life, she decides what harm could come from becoming friends with Tom. He did only want a friendship. Right?
Renee Ahdieh's debut novel Fanfare is a fun read that is easy to get swept up in. Just like Cris, it was so for me to fall of Tom. He was a nice guy from the beginning, so warm and welcoming and gave Cris all the space she needed as she was dealt with a part of her life that was too painful for her to talk about. He was impulsive, sometimes to a fault, but everything he did was with good intentions. And just like Cris, I was always a bit cautious. Tom seemed too good to be true and I wondered when the rug was going to be pulled out from under her (and me too).
Fanfare is filled with lots of laughs, a ton of love and a bit of hope that some times exactly what you need is completely within your grasp. You just have to reach out and take it.
I received Fanfare for review from Revolution Publishing and this review is based on the Advanced Reading Copy.