Author: Isabel Kaplan
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 272
My Rating: 2.5/5
Living in L.A.'s best neighbourhoods, Becky Miller is surrounded by luxury. But life is not all that amazing. Her parents are on rocky roads and soon she finds herself rotating her life with one or the other.
While that happens, her social life seems to sky rocket as she starts hanging around with the It girls of her school after her best friend, Amanda, moved away. With a little too much partying, can Becky hold it together before she changes completely into someone she does not know?
I felt that Becky is the self-insertion of the author (who is currently eighteen and a Harvard student). I don't want to think it is so but that is what it felt like. Becky is just very...dull. She apparently lives in this amazing and rich atmosphere but she ends up as the "smart student with world-saving goals" and dislikes the school's popular bitches (but, they didn't have the full out "rawr" effect so I shouldn't even consider them the "bitches"). Which I didn't really have a problem with but the way Kaplan shaped her, it was just so plain for brain intake from beginning to end. Even though Becky's feelings were defined, she just didn't bring up anything to look forward to because the story was simply taking the reader through her life.
The chapters were really brief and the plot went absolutely nowhere. But it was definitely an easy read to breeze through. I didn't dislike it; I just wished there was something more. All the characters presented were easily forgettable. I even forgot Becky's own name and had to pull the book back out to check.
Hancock Park is a perfect beach read. You can get through it and throw it to the side after for some swimming or tanning. But if you expect three-dimensional characters or a plot with a great development, than you will be most definitely disappointed.
You can have a peek of the book by clicking here!
Review ARC copy provided by HarperCollins.