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Going La La by [Potter, Alexandra]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Going La La is a contemporary romance that benefits from its Los Angeles locale, setting it apart from other recently published London-based "chick-lit" and "city-lit" titles. Frankie is 29, happy in her job and thinks she might be about to get married. However, within the space of a week she loses both her job and her potential fiancé and is on a plane, running away to her best friend Rita, who is trying to make it as an actress in LA. Alexandra Potter revels in seeing LA and the Californian lifestyle through Frankie's naïve eyes, detailing the excesses and the absurdities of this image-conscious, sun-blessed, car-driven culture. Through Rita's somewhat nefarious contacts, she and Frankie experience an LA of parties and glamour that many a British visitor to LA could only dream of. However, Potter hams these up to such an extent that they appear as film scenes in their own right, with farcical swimming pool set pieces, obligatory scantily clad women and a whiff of Class A drugs.

Potter has written a classic romance that manages to twist and turn to leave the reader guessing at Frankie's happiness until the very end and has created in her hero and heroine two believable and yet off-kilter characters. Reilly, the love interest, appears as both the uncouth, cowboy-hat-wearing American of stereotype and yet also as the charming gentleman who has experienced pain and needs some love. Frankie, though she has a worrying tendency to relate all her LA experiences to the last two years of her life, (house parties are only comparable to those she went to with her ex-boyfriend, the smarmy Hugh, which feels unrealistic for a 29-year-old, but is perhaps symptomatic of her misguided devotion to her ex), is a sympathetic character and yet beautiful and flighty enough to be the star of her own story.

Going La La offers a dream away from everyday life, where men are Cary-Grant-cum-Marlboro man lookalikes and women are allowed to be swept off their kitten-heeled feet (while also becoming leather-trouser-wearing independent sex-bombs). Frankie rejects drab and oh-so-British-London and her equally drab and oh-so-British boyfriend, embracing sunny Los Angeles and Reilly with his "long, lazy smile"--something we'd all like to do, at least for one day, as we read this and smile on a cold, rainy Sunday morning. --Olivia Dickinson

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'Nobody does it quite like Alexandra Potter' (Daily Mirror)

The perfect reading romcom (Daily Mail on ME AND MR DARCY)

Fantastically funny (Elle on ME AND MR DARCY)

Sharply written, pacey and funny...pure self-indulgence' (The Times on BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR)

Feel-good fiction full of unexpected twists and turns (OK!)

A touching, funny love-story (Company)

Always perceptive, often funny, never dull (Heat)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340919620
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340919620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919620
  • ASIN: B0071M898U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Genuinely good read!
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I bought this book because I previously read and enjoyed What's New, Pussycat? by Alexandra Potter and wanted to read more from her.

This book has a lovely cover and the story captured my interest right from the start, Frankie was a likeable character who seemed to be going through a rough time after losing her job. After a disastrous birthday trip to the bowling alley she also ends up losing her boyfriend and her home.

I loved following her story as she headed to LA to start a new life full of glamour and fascinating LA living. During her time there a few coincidences seem to push her in a certain direction, one which she is quite reluctant to head towards. As I've said before, I love a story that contains a coincidence or two so this was a particularly enjoyable part of the book for me.

Rita and Dorian were brilliant characters - really fun and outgoing, they certainly liked to enjoy life and have a good time. Reilly was an interesting, sexy guy who couldn't figure Frankie out as she blew hot and cold with her indecision.

This book may have been a little bit predictable at times but this didn't affect my enjoyment of it in the slightest and I found that I just didn't want to put it down (another one day read to add to the list).

This is a real page-turner and, seeing as most of it is based in LA, a perfect summery read.
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I'veread a number of 'chick-lit' titles and this is far and away the worst. The story is so predictable it is hardly worth the effort of turning the pages to see that,yes you had guessed the plot. The characters are so two-dimensional you would expect to see them in panto not a book... Their are much better books of a similar nature out there.
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With a very predictable, mind-numbingly slow narrative, this book is not as colourful and exciting as the eye-catching cover suggests! The characters are dull and stereotypical and have been depicted so many times in books and TV shows in the past. Nothing new, Going La La is a huge disappointment with cliched lines that made me cringe in places. I'm sorry to be such a bore, but this book just did nothing for my imagination and I agree that there are many other books of this genre that are a much better and enjoyable read.
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Don't judge a book by it's cover. On in this case, do. I was enticed by the image the cover portrayed - a trashy, simple read for the summer holiday. What I found inside wasn't even worthy of this description. A predictable read...
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I bought this book having read and enjoyed "Be Careful What You Wish For" by the same author. But I was extremely disappointed with this dull, predictable story. I had the feeling that the author was struggling to reach her required word count, hence the over-use of both unneccessary swear words, and references to smoking!I have already bought "Do You Come Here Often" but my enthusiasm for reading it has waned considerably after this.
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After reading 'What's New Pussycat' I was really looking forward to reading this book. Oh how I was dissappointed. I was hoping that the further I got into the book the better it would get but it did not. The story was just so predictable from the beginning and you could guess all the time about what was going to happen next.
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Having enjoyed reading Me and Mr Darcy ... I found this book very mediocre. There is no real plot and the characters just don't come to life. I never give up on a book, so finished reading it, but felt I had wasted my time. Very predictable.
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