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Review: Between The Lines by Tammara Webber

Between The Lines by Tammara Webber (Between The Lines #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always: film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he's confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels opposite the very hot Reid Alexander isn't going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn't fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he'll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid's costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.

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 I think this review is going to be a bit messy, because it's all about my feelings, y'all. You know how highly I praised Easy by Miss Webber? This is her second book I've read and she still rocks my socks.

If this is New Adult genre, I LOVE IT. Cute, sweet, refreshing, there is depth in characters, there is tender and unexpected beauty in them. There is no TSTL. I found Emma really refreshing, I found I could even sympathise to the bad boy, Reid.

In fact, he is a spitting image of my younger brother, so I know his type. And still, Reid is fragile, he is hurting and he is at crossroads. He might find a tipping point that will change him or he might continue his self-destruction.

Funny thing, Emma and Reid were so different in many ways, but on the other hand they had similar problems and feelings, they just chose to act on them differently.

Graham on the other hand was absolutely charming despite me waiting for him to turn into a villain at any point in the plot.  The huge huge difference between both guys was that one of them was interested in Emma, another was fascinated by his reaction to Emma. I love how Tammara showed which is which and by that gave us a really valuable advice.

The plot is like a microcosm of our society, there are all sorts of situations and points of views, surf dudes show insightfulness, confident beautiful girl is addicted to an abusive controlling jerk of a boyfriend and a resident queen bee has a wonderful secret.

The amusing part of the story is that while the plot revolves around a group of young actors, they are filming an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in high school, and OMG, the irony if it all...

Anyway, if you liked Easy, you will like this one too. It might not be as dramatic, but it raises serious issues as well and urges you to follow your own desires before anyone else's and not to succumb to pressure. Amen to that.

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Также как и Легко, Между Строчками читается с феноменальной быстротой, и от неё получаешь море удовольствия.

Если это пример жанра - New Adult, то я за него двумя руками за. У Таммары Уэббер герои выходят многогранные, симпатизируешь и понимаешь и того и другую, даже если один из них ведёт себя как эгоистичный самовлюблённый идиот, который трахает (простите мой френч) всё, что двигается.

Рид - молодой актер (представьте себе Петтифера) с главной ролью в голливудской адаптации Гордости и Предубеждения, только в современной американской школе. Эмма играет Элизабет.

Он типичный продукт своего воспитания, поколения и гедонистской нарциссистской атмосферы Голливуда. Эмма - серьёзная девочка, которая до своей большой роли играла в независимых очень малоизвестных фильмах и которая мечтает о работе в театре. Короче, они небо и земля, зато химия между их персонажами просто безумная.

Рид начинает ухаживать за Эммой в то же время не прекращая своих похождений, она разрывается между ним и ещё одним актёром, с которым у неё все начинается дружбой, но потихонечку превращается во что-то более серьёзное. Грэхэм старше её на два года и до этого играл в независимых фильмах, которые завоевали награды  на различных фестивалях.

В отличие от Рида, который только и думает о сексе и постоянно разбрасывается комплиментами в перемежку с поцелуями и тисканием Эммы, Грэхэм с ней разговаривает, интересуется её семьёй, планами на будущее, бегает с ней по утрам и побуждает её поступить в колледж, то есть он воспринимает её как личность, а не как любовный интерес. Разница между ним и Ридом огромна.

Первый интересуется Эммой, второй заворожен своей реакцией на Эмму.

Книга - как маленький микрокосмос нашего общества и несмотря на простоту сюжета, автором невозможно не восхихиться. Она умудряется развлечь читателя и в то же время преподать важную мудрость жизни, - не сгибайся под давлением и иди за своей мечтой.

Очень советую.


Blodeuedd said...

It wasn't messy :) I know the feeling. Some authors and books are just that good

Unknown said...

Oh, God. If you didn't have me at "surf dudes" you would've at "Pride and Prejudice Adaptation":)

Looks like I'm hitting up the Kindle store...:)

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