Now that I’ve found you: family and fame are waiting!

Now that I’ve found you by Kristina Forest
Pages:
336
Format: ARC provided by Fierce Reads
Top 3 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Diverse
My rating:
Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey everyone! You know how it is important to publish and read stories about black joy, black stories that are not defined by racism or hardship. Now that I’ve found you is one of them, and one you should definitely consider adding to your TBR!

Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .
Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.
With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.

*Before starting my review, I wanted to link to you Ownvoices reviews and invite you to check them out:
Women of Colors read too
Sometimes Leelyn reads
Bookishends
Loc’D Booktician (video)
Bookish realm (video)*

The movie business is a hard one

In this book, we meet Evie, granddaughter of a super star of the movie industry, and trying to become a famous actress as well. But, after a poor decision and a heartful betrayal, her world crumbles while she is disregarded for any future movie.
Evie decides then that friendship is not for her, that she can’t trust anyone, and go spend some time with her grandma, the famous Gigi aka Evelyn Conaway. She hopes to persuade her to support her only hope to get back in the film industry: to play in the remake of the movie that lauched her granda many years ago.

But Evie is a bit of a wrecking ball, and she is so focused on her objective, on changing people’s opinion of her, that she does not realise who she hurts or ignore in the process. Starting with her grandma. So when Gigi disappears and Evie has no idea where she is, she decided to find her by herself and try to fix everything. Her only help: Milo, a young (and very cute) musician who lived partly with Gigi.
Of course, Evie can’t imagine he is not here to take advantage of her grandma, and she is reluctant to receive his help at first. But, little by little, while also retracing the steps and the story of her grandma, Evie might realise that some people are worth trusting!
To be honest, I was very frustrated at time with Evie, she is headstrong yes and that’s good, but also quite selfish and self centered, which made me roll my eyes time to time haha. But other than that, this book was a perfect Summer read.

Let’s make room for Black narratives!

The first thing I want to say and that I loved in this book is that 90% of the characters were Black, and that it was portrayed as normal. This book was not about racism or discrimination, it was about Black people living. And we definitely need more representation like that in litterature!
Finaly, Milo was a great male character: no toxic masculinity or tortured bad boy to save vibes here. He was sweet and considerate, and to that I say YES. We also need more male characters like that!

In a few words

If you look for a diverse contemporary, that focuses on family ties, with some Hollywood glamour and with a sweet romance, this one is a must on your TBR!

See you for a cup

Elise

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