Seaside Pictures, Book 1
Synopsis: Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.
Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn’t change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it’s her fault.
It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He’s gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn’t stop her from wondering…if things were different…would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half?
Review: I usually have a good time with Rachel Van Dyken’s novels and I was curious to discover another of her series.
We discover Dani, a 17 year old girl who after the death of her parents in a car accident that she feels responsible of isn’t able to talk anymore. It’s not that she does not want to talk, she would like to, but she can not do it anymore. So to make her finally move from the hole where she shut herself up, her sister decides to find her a job as an assistant to the charismatic 22 years old actor, Lincoln. This partnership will change everything in the lives of our two heroes, and may even allow them to evolve together.
It was a very touching story and I really liked following Dani. It is clear that she is well surrounded by her friends and I enjoyed seeing the family she created outside of her sister. Lincoln is sometimes very clumsy with her, but their exchanges were often very funny. I was curious to see what was going to happen. However, I was a little annoyed, as was Dani, when everyone around her considered her a child because she was 17 years old. I understand her frustration, especially shortly before she turns 18. But it seems like an impassable barrier.
In any case, I had a great time with this story and I am really curious to discover the story of Zane that we have discovered here and which is equally intriguing.