Book Title: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
Author: Sara Hantz
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
From the publisher—
Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.
Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi’s completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.
But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?
Life has a way of getting sort of messy sometimes but, miraculously, things often work out better than you might expect. Originally, my spot on this tour was scheduled for May 5th but, having managed to become, shall we say, a bit disorganized, I needed to ask for a postponement and the tour organizer graciously worked with me. Then, I was hit with an illness that really screwed up my reading and reviewing schedule and I had to delay several things. I pushed on with this one, though, because I just couldn’t beg off and I’m so glad I did because Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? was precisely what I needed to lift my spirits.
Is this the greatest novel ever written? No, but it’s a light, easy read that’s fun and, putting aside the issue of whether many teens would ever find themselves in such a position, it really does show what teens (and, let’s face it, many adults) are like. I’ve seen other reviews that think Abi is shallow and insecure and makes foolish choices. Hell-o-o! Isn’t this the essence of being a teenager? I don’t read young adult fiction because I’m looking for a protagonist who is mature and wise in all things; do you? Think how unrealistic that would be not to mention boring!
The most appealing thing to me about Abi was her speech impediment. I love that Ms. Hantz saw fit to show a girl with a disability as a person who doesn’t let it rule her life and friends Liv and Matt help her do that. Abi is also the poster child for anyone who has ever found themselves in a world of instant celebrity and let everything get out of control. It’s not hard to sympathize with her even while wanting to shake some sense into her, especially when she blinds herself to what—and who—is really waiting for her.
I enjoyed this tale for what it is, a bit of fantasy in the midst of real life and, once again, Sara Hantz has completely entertained me. When all is said and done, that’s just what a reader needs sometimes and I thank Ms. Hantz for it 😉
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2014.
About the Author
Sara Hantz comes from the UK and now lives in Australia (via ten years in New Zealand). Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family business. She has two grown-up children and, when not writing or working, she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV–in fact if TV watching were an Olympic sport she’d win gold. She is also the author of In the Blood and The Second Virginity of Suzy Green. You can find Sara at the following links.
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