i received a copy of the stand in from new south publishing in exchange for an honest review.
the stand in review
the stand in is your typical average-girl-looks-like-someone-rich/famous book. i’m not saying this is a bad thing, as it’s something that i love and can’t get enough of. but it features a girl (named gracie), who just so happens to look like movie star fangli.
i loved both gracie and fangli, but the later was a quick favourite. i wish she played a bigger role in the book because i found her the most interesting. i also enjoyed seeing these two women become fast friends – with gracie showing fangli mundane things.
the plot twist at the end of the book was easily guessed within the first few chapters – the only downside to these types of books. i feel like it should’ve been revealed earlier on so something unexpected could happen at the end. despite this, i still enjoyed it.
the romance in the stand in was good at first, but felt repetitive after a while as it was gracie going on “publicity stunt” outings, and it felt like the same thing with a different location. i loved both the LI from the get go.
one thing i particularly enjoyed was the writing style. the tone was light and the writing flowed, making for a swift read. i also liked the use of doodle/planner lists. i love seeing doodles by the characters littered through the pages. it makes turning the page fun.
i enjoyed this book so much that i’ve added ‘the comeback’ (same author, unrelated series) to my tbr. lily chu has made it to my favourite author list, and i can’t wait to see what she writes next.