When I saw that this book was going to be published, I requested it from my local library without even reading the description. (Seriously.) Gorgeous was one of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read, and I just knew that this book would be the same. PRO TIP: Laughing out loud when someone is trying to read something else in the same room and constantly interrupting what they are reading to share the funniest parts — of which there were, apparently, far too many — is NOT a good idea! (I am trying to convince my husband that he should read this book now that I am done with it, but he seems to think I probably gave away “half of the story, or at least all the best parts” and doesn’t need to bother. His loss!) 😉
Caitlin Mary Prudence Rectitude Singleberry (aka Catey) is, and always has been, a good Christian girl. She attends church regularly, is homeschooled by her devout parents, and performs in her family’s Christian band The Singing Singleberries. She WAS looking forward to attending college in the fall and eventually settling down with a good Christian boy to start a family of her own… but her entire future is now in jeopardy. She is not usually one to blame anyone else for her own actions, but she is adamant that none of this would have happened if not for her crazy cousin Heller. That’s right, the girl’s name is HELLER! And, as far as Catey is concerned, Heller might very well be Satan in corporeal form. Heller is a wild and crazy teen star who has gotten so out of control (a la Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan) that her mom begged Catey to come to New York City and act as a chaperone of sorts during the premier weekend of YA book-to-movie blockbuster Angel Wars.
Since the book opens up with Catey listing out all of the crazy/illegal things she did during the previous 48 hours, and mentioning that she is currently in jail, it is easy for readers to side with her from the start. Heller may have been cast to play an angel in that movie, but she is far from an angel in real life. I like how the story alternates between the past and the present to slowly reveal what happened (over that weekend and four years prior, when they girls parted ways). This book takes readers on a wild and crazy ride that runs the gamut from uproarious, to heartwarming, and and everything in between.