Review: 'Losing the Plot in LA' by Sonia Farnsworth (2015)
Sylvie is a trendy, LA party girl with more going on than she knows what to do with. Between apartment hunting, insane friends, a rapidly growing puppy, and one too many boys to juggle, she's just trying to catch her breath. Will the craziness overwhelm her, or will she find a better path to move forward? Draw a bath, pour some bubbly, and join her as she tries not to Lose the Plot.
At the end of last year I was contacted by publisher Mascot Books to see whether I was interested in reading and reviewing a new debut chick lit novel by author Sonia Farnsworth, titled 'Losing the Plot in LA.' I quite liked the book cover and while the book description didn't give too much detailed information about the story, it sounded like a chick lit read I would enjoy, so I looked forward to giving the book a chance!
Sylvie lives in LA and there's no other place in the world she loves just as much. However, life is quite a whirlwind as Sylvie tries to do everything she wants to do, from partying with her friends, finding the perfect apartment, taking care of her dog Trouble, and the ongoing search for the man of her dreams. There's hardly any time left to breathe, but Sylvie is determined to get out of life what she wants from it, even if that means there will be a few struggles along the way...
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy ‘Losing the Plot in LA’ as much as I initially hoped I would. Sonia Farnsworth started with a promising storyline; nothing too original, but something suitable to the chick lit genre and something that could have gone in several different directions. While main character Sylvie was a bit all over the place, I could have gone along with her craziness but I just couldn’t warm to her, nor to any of the other characters. Not a lot of detail was given on the characters’ backgrounds and pasts, which made it difficult to really connect with them.
The book is written in a kind of informal style; this might be fine for some readers, but it’s not a style I personally particularly enjoyed. Don’t get me wrong; there were definitely parts of the book I liked and I think there’s definitely a base for an entertaining chick lit read there. Yet, there were too many things missing that make a read a good one for me. I really wanted to like ‘Losing the Plot in LA’, but I’m afraid I just didn’t. There might be readers out there who will enjoy this, but it sadly wasn’t for me.