Title: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 6, 2014
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Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.
Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi's completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.
But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?
Abi Saunder is a kickboxing champion, but she also has a stutter that comes up whenever she's around new people or nervous. When her trainer and friends convince her to audition as a stunt double for movie star Tilly Watson, she's more than a little nervous. Much to her surprise, she lands the job. But being a stunt double is a lot more overwhelming than she thought, and it doesn't help that Tilly is almost always mocking her. When Tilly's boyfriend Jon mistakes Abi for Tilly and kisses her, Abi is totally charmed by him. She soon begins choosing her new life over her old one, ditching her long time friends for those she made on the movie set and being terrible to her parents who are only trying to look out for her. But when everything is said and done, and Abi learns the truth about Jon's motives, she realizes that she's made a huge mistake.
ABI SAUNDERS (I'm shortening the title here) was a really exciting book to read! I loved all the excitement of the movie set and the stunts that Abi did. I also liked that this whole experience was a learning one for Abi. She discovers who she really is, and she's a stronger person by the end. And it wasn't only Abi who found herself, but Tilly as well. They both make amazing transformations as people. I also really liked how Abi dealt with Jon. That was priceless! And I couldn't be more happy with how the book ended. I was pretty much squeeing in my head during that whole scene.
Abi: A champion kickboxer, with a stutter that's been the bane of her existence since she was a child. When she's with new people or just nervous, her stutter is more pronounced. She is offered an audition to be a stunt double for actress Tilly Watson in her new movie. She's never done stunt work before, but she lands the job, and as she becomes more familiar with the job, those on set say she's a natural. But the glitz and glamour of working on a movie get to her, and she starts abandoning her old life for her new one.
Liv: One of Abi's best friends. She is a field hockey player. She is the one who finally convinces Abi to audition for the stunt double job. But when Abi starts distancing herself from her and Matt, Liv is extremely hurt and angry.
Matt: Another of Abi's best friends. He also kickboxes, and is really the only one at the dojo who can keep up with her. He dates girls and when they get too serious he ends the relationship. Because of this, Abi doesn't confess her feelings to him and feels that it could ruin their friendship. But does he have some hidden feelings of his own?
Tilly: A hot teen actress who is in a downward spiral. The pressure is getting to her and she's buckling under it. She's using alcohol (and possibly drug, but mostly alcohol) to cope with it. She uses a bad attitude as a way to shield herself from getting hurt and pushing people away.
Jon: Tilly's boyfriend. He charms his way into being friends with Abi and she falls for it hook, line, and sinker. He is only looking out for himself, and uses anyone to further his career.
Vince: He is the stunt double who played opposite Abi in the movie. He becomes a good friend to Abi and helps her out on set concerning stunt work.
I can't really say much about the romance in ABI SAUNDERS without giving too much away, so I'll just say a couple of things.
Abi falls for Jon, Tilly's boyfriend, almost immediately after he kisses her thinking that Abi was Tilly. But he has more devious plans up his sleeve than just winning Abi over.
Then there is Matt. Abi has had a crush on him for the longest time, but when she meets Jon she starts leaving her old life behind and the people she cares about. And Matt doesn't like it one bit. All I'm going to say about the relationship between Matt and Abi is to watch their interactions closely as you read.
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