“…I’ll tell you one of the best pieces of advice anyone ever gave me: Remember who you are, hold onto that, and whatever you do, don’t let them change you.”
Jennifer Niven’s American Blonde is a glamorous, post-World War II tale of heroine, aspiring singer and, now, Hollywood starlet, Velva Jean Hart. American Blonde’s tale picks up when Velva Jean returns home from the daring rescue of her brother. She is thrust into the spotlight and immediately noticed by MGM studios.
Throughout the novel, Velva Jean—renamed Kit Rogers—navigates through stardom, films and an interestingly colorful cast of characters until she lands in the middle of the murder of her close friend. From there, the story takes off into a fast-paced and exciting journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood, which is not as golden as it seems.
Velva Jean is an admirable character who stays true to herself among the pressures of the bright lights. She knows who she is and follows her heart, even if it leads her into danger.
American Blonde is the fourth novel about Velva Jean, but it stands alone, not relying on the events of the past books to tell the new tale.
Jennifer Niven did a wonderful job weaving the mystery with real facts from old Hollywood all while building her characters and creating a page-turning world. The novel had the feel of classic noir drama and mystery.
I received an ARC copy through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.