Meet Lucy Hansen. She’s the richest teenager in the world – and possibly the shyest. She doesn’t flash her business to the paparazzi as she’s getting out of limos or send selfies while smoking salvia. No, Lucy hides behind her frizzy bangs, environmental causes and organic hemp-blend sweats. Her one true friend (and secret crush) Holden is the poorest kid in Beverly Hills – and probably the scrappiest. He interns for a famous private investigator, and when he asks Lucy to help him crack a case, her life turns from tame to tabloid, from glum to glam, from private to private eye. And when the trail leads directly to her hotel magnate father, it’s up to Lucy to solve the case by infiltrating Hollywood’s most elite and unwelcoming club: Celebutantes. Teens who are famous for, well… being famous.
Along the way, “LuHan” endures wardrobe malfunctions, fake romances, compromising videos-turned-YouTube hits, unflattering mug shots and – worst of all – a makeover. Now Lucy has to save her father, dodge the paparazzi, and keep her IRL ID on the DL – all while maybe, almost, possibly having her first real kiss.
If you’ve ever read the tabloids and wondered, “What was she thinking?” then HEIRESS, P.I. offers one possible answer.
The first thing that stood out, of course, was the cover. The pink, the nails, the mugshot -concept,... love it! It's flirty, it's girly, it's fun... just like the book! I liked the make-over idea and inside glimpse into the life of the rich, famous... and scandalous.
The story turned out completely different than I expected. I liked the unexpected turn of events. The only 'negative' comment I can make, is that I felt all of it was a bit... rushed.
I think I would have liked the book even more if it had been a bit longer. It would give you more time to really understand the characters. Lucy, for example is a very "green teen", but that side of her hardly comes across from the moment "LuHan" is born, and the internal struggle between her LuHan -image and her true self would have been interesting to read, I think.
I enjoyed her "under cover" moments. They were scandalous, exciting and awkward ('cause let's face it: although she's a lovely girl, she was almost more convincing as 'Paris' than you was as 'Veronica Mars') at the same time.. very entertaining! IF the book had been a bit longer, I would have enjoyed more of these inside-scenes.
Heiress, P.I. is a very entertaining read with a lovely 'Miss Congeniality' -vibe.
About the author Amanda Mahan is the author of Heiress, P.I. -- think "Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl" -- which tells the story of the richest girl in the world getting made over and going undercover to solve a mystery.Amanda is the People’s Choice Award winning Green Mommy blogger and worked on two NBC sitcoms. Both of these influences can be seen in Heiress, P.I. which features an environmentally-friendly protagonist and humorous dialogue.Known for her love of trashy tabloids, her hopelessness with her own hair, and her addictive red velvet cupcakes, Amanda lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two small (but surprisingly loud) children.Follow Amanda on Twitter