W E S T E N D G I R L S
Rating : 3 / 5
The streets of London are paved with gold …allegedly. They may be twin sisters, but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites – Penny is blonde, thin and outrageous; Lizzie quiet, thoughtful and definitely not thin. The one trait they do share is a desire to DO something with their lives, and as far as they are concerned, the place to get noticed is London. Out of the blue they discover they have a grandmother living in Chelsea – and when she has to go into hospital, they find themselves flat-sitting on the King’s Road. But, as they discover, it’s not as easy to become It Girls as they’d imagined, and west end boys aren’t at all like Hugh Grant …
It took me a stupidly long amount of time to complete this book for several reasons. One reason was I just could not find time to read. When I did find time to read, this book did not excite me enough to want to pick it up and carry on reading.
I was quite disappointed by this book as I usually enjoy Jenny Colgan’s offerings a lot more. I found the two lead characters, twins Lizzie and Penny irritating. The supporting characters were not engaging and there appeared to be a lot of words for what turned out to be quite a mediocre tale. It may have just been how I was feeling and I have projected this onto the book. Despite my criticisms however there were some nice touches which boosted up my rating.
Even though both sisters end up exactly where you expect them to be roughly 4 or 5 chapters in, at the end of the book, I kept reading because there were little unexpected glimpses of light. Both sisters though twins are very different to each other. Lizzie is very grounded and Penny is a bit, well, very into herself. If this book had focused just on Penny I don’t think I would have finished it. Even though I found Lizzie just as irritating in parts I did want to know what would happen to her.
I really enjoyed the underlying story which involved the twins father. I wish that had been explored a little bit more. I also like the twins mother a lot but she rarely made an appearance in the story. I wonder if Jenny Colgan has considered doing a spin-off with the twins mother?
I will not recommend this book and I have tried to make this review spoiler free so you can make up your minds.