I am not sure how I feel about The Stand-In – I enjoyed the over arching story but getting from point to point sometimes felt slow.
Gracie is approached by a mysterious SUV, and the Chinese film stars Wei Fangli and Sam Yao are inside and turn Gracie’s life upside down. Fangli needs a break from her social obligations, and Gracie and Fangli look suspiciously similar. A little makeup and a wig and not even Sam’s mother can tell the difference.
I didn’t love Gracie as a character – she didn’t have a lot of self esteem and second guessed everything she did. That said, by about 70 percent into the book, my feelings on Gracie changed slightly. I did, however, like Gracie’s friend Anjali. She showed growth as a character and brought some sharp wit to the scenes she was written in.
I also guessed the twist at the end pretty early on while reading this one, but I still really loved the ending. This was a clean YA romance, with just a little kissing and some serious hand holding.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for the digital review copy!
(photo taken at Canyonlands National Park – Islands in the Sky.)