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Being Hartley

by Allison Rushby

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Another excellent read.

Very well written, and not just about a girl's dream to be famous, but rather dives into the family dynamics of a mother not wanting her daughter to follow in her footsteps, and doing everything she can to shelter her from the reality of stardom.

Thea has dancing in her blood and she has to fight for being allowed to dance. It's not about typical teenage rebellion against the bad parents who just don't understand. Instead Thea accepts and understands where her mom is coming from, and subtly manages to get her way without openly defying her mom. There is a bit of a love story, but it's not the main focus. The main focus is on how Thea develops throughout the book.

great read. 5 stars ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
Another excellent read.

Very well written, and not just about a girl's dream to be famous, but rather dives into the family dynamics of a mother not wanting her daughter to follow in her footsteps, and doing everything she can to shelter her from the reality of stardom.

Thea has dancing in her blood and she has to fight for being allowed to dance. It's not about typical teenage rebellion against the bad parents who just don't understand. Instead Thea accepts and understands where her mom is coming from, and subtly manages to get her way without openly defying her mom. There is a bit of a love story, but it's not the main focus. The main focus is on how Thea develops throughout the book.

great read. 5 stars ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
**ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

Being Hartley is about a family whose members are mostly in the entertainment industry. Well except for Thea, the protagonist. She was being stopped by her mother in entering that world. Of course, she wants in.

In the book, they tried to solve Rory's problem to quit in her work but cannot because she's in a contract. Rory is Thea's cousin. Okay, I don't know what to tell you anymore.

Hmm, the lesson learned here I think is "be careful what you wish for". You can never have both worlds you know? You have to give up something in order to gain something. And sometimes what you want is not always what you need.

I didn't feel attached to the characters. The way they solved Rory's problem in the end is over so quickly and frankly, quite disappointing. This book is boring for me. I'm so glad I'm finished with this already. Maybe younger people will find this more appealing though. ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
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