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One-Hit Wonder
By Lisa Jewell
ISBN: 0452284406

Review by: Elaine Bienvenu

  1/1/04

Ana Wills is the resident recluse of Devon, England, where she lives with her controlling, manipulative and agoraphobic mother. Due to the recent death of her half sister and one time prominent pop star Bee Bearhorn, Ana travels to London to fetch her deceased sister’s belongings. What starts as a day trip at her mother’s request, becomes an opportunity for Ana to discover more about the sister she knew mostly through reading the tabloids. The trip also becomes for Ana an opportunity to discover who she really is, and a chance to see herself through the eyes of her new (and Bee’s former) friends.

In order to find out how Bee died, Ana decides she must first learn more about the life Bee led in London. Shortly after cleaning out Bee’s flat, Ana meets one of Bee’s best friends, Lol, and the two hit it off immediately. Ana discovers that Bee spoke often of her to Lol, which comes as quite a surprise since Ana last spoke to Bee as a teenager. Ana and Lol soon learn that Bee’s life was really somewhat of a mystery, filled with tragedy and secrets. While on the path to discovering the truth behind Bee’s mysterious death, Ana is able to see for the first time what it is like to live life outside of the confines of a small town, and in doing so, discovers her true identity.

One-Hit Wonder was an exciting, fast-paced read, and I especially enjoyed getting to know Bee through the flashbacks told from her perspective. Although the ending was a little too tidy, and the transformation Ana makes from ugly duckling to beautiful swan too cliché, I enjoyed the book overall and found the characters to be quite endearing. There were even moments when I found myself cheering on Ana for facing her fears and for confronting the people in her life who had hurt her. I look forward to reading more from Lisa Jewell.

 





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