by Lauren Sabel
Page Count: 281
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With the mystery and suspense of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Hollywood drama of Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy, and the creepiness of Michelle Hodkin's The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Vivian Divine Is Dead will thrill fans of emotionally charged, fast-paced, contemporary fiction.I was so excited to read this book when I first read the summary; it sounded interesting and I knew I had to pick up a copy. I was enjoying it about 20 pages in, but then it got kind of slow and I was patiently waiting for the action and the whole adventurous portion to kick in. Finally at around 50 pages in, it started to get a bit better. Not entirely, but it was a start. The section near the middle of the book was good – and I actually really enjoyed it. The last sixty pages however, were lacking the excitement, and I found it very boring. The ending was not satisfying what-so-ever.
Teen celebrity Vivian Divine has had a rough six months—her movie-star mother was murdered, and her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. Through it all, she's had to smile for the camera—this is the stuff the tabloids live for, after all.
When a death threat arrives with her fan mail, Vivian decides to run to Mexico, hoping to escape whoever it is who wants her dead. There, she finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick, but even he seems like he can't be trusted.As Vivian travels deeper into Mexico, she finds herself asking a horrifying question: If she can't hide from the paparazzi, what makes her think she can elude a madman?
Filled with surprising twists, poignant moments, and the snark of a Hollywood starlet suddenly on her own, Vivian Divine Is Dead brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction.
A lot of logic in this book was very illogical in my opinion (sorry, I had to channel my inner Trekkie for a moment there) and it made me quite angry, to be honest. I even had to put down the book for a few hours near the end because the main character’s decisions were so childish. But it wasn't just the end portion that was like this, it was practically throughout the entire book. Vivian claims to love this guy – Nick - who she has only known a few days and has offered to help her get to where she’s trying to go, and yet she ditches him twice when there’s a big possibility that he could be dead. Twice. I mean, if you say you love a person, wouldn't you go try to find them and make sure they’re okay and if they aren't, you help them out until they are okay again? Also near the end, someone (I will not say who because of spoilers) tries to help her – and it’s pretty obvious they want to help, and feel bad for her – but she denies their help. She should’ve just said yes and then left. And the whole situation with Nick was upsetting. It was a major case of insta-love and I rolled my eyes at least five times.
When I picked it back up to finish the final 30 pages, it didn't make me feel better about it. The huge, final scene was rushed and left me with plenty of questions. And the epilogue was just the main character wondering about the man she supposedly loves, when throughout the whole book, it didn't seem like she loved him at all. It was more like a crush to me.
This book was very disappointing, but least a few chapters were good. Overall, the idea was creative, and there were many plot twists that I did not see coming, but some things just weren't fitting and didn't make sense, which lessened my fondness of this book.