This Chick Read: The Daydreams by Laura Hankin

Four ex child stars are brought back together for a reunion show. The last time they had seen each other was at their second season Live finale where all hell broke loose, ending their very popular primetime show. The Daydreams brings back the sweetheart couple Summer and Noah, the mean girl, Kat, and the single diverse character, Liana. Noah has gone on to superstardom, Kat is now a lawyer, Liana married a uber popular MLB player, and Summer has gone through rehab several times and never gotten her life back on track. Each of them returns to the reunion for their own reasons and as they get together again, they re-live those golden years and face the truth about what went wrong.

For those of you who lived through the days of Beverly Hills 90210 or get caught up in the current Real Housewives franchises you know that a reunion show can be dramatic and fun to watch. The Daydreams mixes fiction with reality by using the real names of the actors for their characters, so the lines are blurred and the public believes the stories they are watching and reading in the gossip magazines. Summer is pure, Kat is a b!t@h, Ariana is the sidekick and Noah is the hearthrob and Summer’s main squeeze. The novel does a great job of juxtaposing their on air personas with who they are in real life. I thought the author did a good job of mixing gossip and reality while at the same time giving the reader flashbacks to what life was like on the show 13 years ago.

I’ll admit to being a little bored at times with the back and forth between the flashbacks and the real time scenes, those are not my favorite plot structures to read. So, I skimmed through some of the less interesting to me sections to get to the more juicy bits and to speed up to the big reveal. What happened to break up the show, and how would that act get repeated or redeemed in the reunion show. There weren’t a ton of surprises, but I did like how some of the characters started off as more jaded, but as the book moved forward they lost that edge and became true to the innocent’s they were back in the day. Despite the good character development I did have a little trouble liking some of these characters which affected my feelings and therefore my rating of this book. Not bad, but not great either. Somewhere in the middle.


I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review and it was honest!

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