Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: The Girl On The Half Shell by Susan Ward

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Title: The Girl On The Half Shell
Author: Susan Ward
Genre: New Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 14th 2014
Format: Paperback, 388 pages
Source: Requested a copy through Author

People think Chrissie Parker has a picture-perfect life. She leads an opulent lifestyle in Santa Barbara, her father, Jack, is a beloved music icon from the sixties, and she possesses a wealth of musical talent that will certainly lead to a promising future. But behind the fa├žade, everything is far from perfect.

When Chrissie journeys from Santa Barbara to New York City for an audition at Juilliard, romance is the last thing on her mind. She never anticipated encountering British Superstar Alan Manzone, a musician fresh out of Rehab, tormented by his own weakness and troubled past. Alan's life is everything Chrissie's is not; exciting, glitzy, and an all-out train wreck.

Chrissie is soon consumed by Alan's shocking pursuit of her, his dark secrets, and his desires. Determined to save Alan from himself, is it possible Alan, this beautiful and brilliant musician, is really rescuing Chrissie from her artfully concealed secret addiction that even her best friend is unaware of?

Swept away in a passion she is unable to resist, Chrissie is forced to choose between her life in California and Alan's love for her. Can two lost people find a love meant to last a life time in only three weeks?


The Girl On The Half Shell was great book. It's about Chrissie Parker who journeys from Santa Barbara to NYC just to audition for Juilliard. She auditioned for Juilliard because she thinks people are expecting her to be a music icon just like her father, Jackson Parker. People thinks she isliving a picture-perfect life on the outside, but what people don't know, Chrissie is hiding dark secrets that even her father and her best friend, Rene Thompson, don't know.

 The characters are all flawed and that's the reason they were realistic.
I was hooked and I couldn't stop reading especially when she met Alan Manzone, a British Superstar. (I'm like "OMG! A British superstar!") You may think the characters are wealthy and influential, yes, that's right, but they're both hiding dark secrets of their past but then as Chrissie and Alan got to know each other more, their secrets will eventually come out even though it was meant to be hidden until the very end of time. I like how Chrissie learned to trust Alan with her secrets because I can see that behind the dark and mysterious she's known, hides a kind Alan who will love and protect her.

The story was written well and I was impressed by how the story flowed. What I didn't like is the long chapters but other than that, the book was really good. As I was reading this book, I remembered If I Stay, a young adult novel of Gayle Forman, because of the Juilliard part. As for the ending, I was okay with it. It wasn't really a happily-ever-after kind of ending but it worked well for me. If you'd ask me if I would recommend this book, my answer would be, yes. I would totally recommend this book to those people who loves reading a contemporary, love story novel.

  4 stars!
It was a great book! Be sure to add this on your TBR.

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