Title: Just Like Me, Only Better
Author: Carol Snow
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
Veronica is a single mom who is struggling to make ends meet. Her husband left her, and to make matters even worse, it was for an older rather than a younger woman. She tries her best to take care of their son, but with substitute teaching, it isn’t easy to make ends meet.
Veronica has always known she bears a resemblance to Haley Rush, a Hollywood star with a bit of a reputation. When Haley’s manager finds out about Veronica, he hires her as a double for Haley. Though Veronica isn’t sure about the job, she can’t turn down the salary, and begins the dubious process of turning herself into the troubled star.
I thought the premise of Just Like Me, Only Better sounded like a light, fun read when I first heard about it. While I’m not much for the usual celebrity or tabloid gossip, I thought the process of Veronica posing as a star in order to make ends meet seemed like it could make for an interesting novel, and I was right. It was an entertaining and quick bookthat I managed to read in one sitting.
I really liked the character of Veronica. While she begins to lose herself in the Hollywood atmosphere, she also constantly has Haley around for a reality check. Snow does an excellent job with Haley, portraying her as a starlet on the verge of a nervous breakdown (if she isn’t already going through one.) Snow shows us the destructive side of fame, especially the havoc it wreaks on someone who’s grown up in the spotlight. Reading this novel, it’s easy to feel sorry for, rather than jealous of, celebrities.
Veronica grows a lot over the course of the novel. Posing as Haley makes her realize what she does and doesn’t want out of life. It’s not about doing the best with what’s given to you, but instead, you need to carve out what you want, to mold your life in order to make it better. She shows true development and is a very appealing character, from beginning to end.
Just Like Me, Only Better was a fun and easy read that I definitely recommend to chick lit fans, or those who enjoy celebrity gossip. It’s a nice fluffy read that would be great for the summer, on the beach or by the pool!