Their fantasy is her reality in this bright and uplifting contemporary coming-of-age novel by the acclaimed author of Breaking Sky and You Were Here.

Iris Thorne wants to blaze her own path. That’s easier said than done when you’re the granddaughter of M. E. Thorne, famous author of the Elementia series, hailed as the feminist response to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. And with a major motion picture adaptation of her grandmother’s books in the works, Iris can say goodbye to her dream of making her own way in the music industry. 

So when Iris and her brother get invited to the film set in Ireland, she’s pretty sure the trip will be a nightmare. Except Iris can’t deny the rugged beauty of the Irish countryside. And brushing shoulders with the hot, young cast isn’t awful, especially the infuriatingly charming lead, Eamon O’Brien. Iris even finds the impassioned female director inspiring. But when the filming falls into jeopardy, everything Iris thought she knew about Elementia—and herself—is in question. Will making a film for the big screen help Iris to see the big picture?
April 3, 2018  |  400 pages
(Read from May 13, 2018 to May 14, 2018)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Entertainment, 10% Literature
Tags:
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
This book attempts to encompass a lot: a broken family trying their best to not hate each other in the shadow of generational grief & resentment, a protagonist finding the strength to face her desires & needs, a crazy fantasy movie set & the Hollywood drama that entails, an adorable international YA romance, a story that prizes friendship & mentorship from a feminist lens. As you can probably guess, the arc of this novel sometimes feels disjointed or preachy, but it was well worth a binge read.  (+2 votes)