This review will be full of spoilers after the next paragraph. Consider yourselves warned.
I very much enjoyed this story, but it was completely ridiculous. Mostly it was ridiculous in the best possible way but there were plenty of times that I wanted to yell at the characters in the book for either (a) refusing to communicate like grownups, WHICH IS WHAT THEY ARE NOW or (b) having a complete lack of common sense.
Jessica/Todd/Liam. Jessica and Todd are married and have a two-year-old son, Jake. Except now they’re separated. Jessica wants to be with Todd but since she thinks he doesn’t want to be with her, she keeps dating Liam. Liam is creepy and possessive. And since he’s also famous, their romance is covered in the tabloids, which makes Todd think Jessica doesn’t want to be with him. Oh, those crazy kids.
Elizabeth/Bruce. Bruce is accused of nearly raping a former intern at his company. It seems plausible and Liz (who is a reporter) goes to check out the victim’s story. Now here’s the thing. Bruce is rich and very, very famous. As in TMZ covers these accusations famous. He and Liz have been together for years. Do we really, REALLY think that the alleged victim wouldn’t recognize her? And maybe even if not wouldn’t admit to it being a lie to a complete stranger?
Lila/Ken. Lila is on some True Housewives of Sweet Valley show. She decides that in order to be the star, she is going to play the bitch. Not surprisingly, Ken doesn’t particularly like being treated badly and he leaves. In order to get him back, she pretends to be pregnant. It works, but then she fakes a miscarriage…and Ken finds out. Guess how well THAT goes over? (If you picked “not well,” you’re right.) But then she learns she really IS pregnant.
Aaron/Steven. They’re parents to a five-month-old named Emma. In the most ridiculous subplot ever, the surrogate who carried Emma kidnaps her. I would’ve guessed that this would last for at least one installment of the book, but no. In the tradition of The Ransom of Red Chief, the surrogate returns her paragraphs later with a note that’s basically, “You can have her; I don’t want her.”
So yeah, very over the top but so, SO fun.