At First Blush

At First Blush
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April 04, 2018

Finding the perfect lip gloss? Easy. Finding your way in the world? A whole lot harder . . . Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment. But sometimes your dream job isn't all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine's feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life? Fans of Zoella's Girl Online will fall right into the world of this YA The Devil Wears Prada and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.

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An adorable story.

The story:
Lacey Robbins is a YouTube sensation. She's a makeup guru so when she's offered an internship at a magazine, she jumps at the chance. Joining her that summer is other successful Youtubers and also a guest editor - a bad-boy rock star trying to launch a solo career. The magazine's job is to clean up his image. Lacey's job is to not fall for him.
That would've been easy if he really was the aloof, jerk she'd met at first. When she learns there's so much more to this boy than a party past and a family he abandoned, her walls crumble into dust and she must decide if he's worth giving up everything she's ever wanted for.

What I loved:
Just about everything. Lacey is cute and bubbly, making her instantly likable. She's not perfect either, which I appreciate. She makes mistakes, makes a fool of herself and is genuinely charming to watch.
Tyler is broody in all the right places. They're so different, yet somehow they make each other better, more well-rounded. They're surrounded by good characters. Lacey's family who come through in the end. Her co-workers. The books is such an easy and entertaining read, I stayed up late to finish in one sitting.

What I didn't like:
Tyler changes into a different person around his family and it makes him kind of stupid. There was a point where I wanted Lacey to stay far away from him.

Final Verdict:
The kind of story that is entertaining but also makes the reader feel good reading it with laughter and smiles. Well-written. Fun. The kind of book anyone would enjoy.
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