Going La La Paperback – 19 Mar 2001
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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
'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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yet another great book by Alexandra Potter, good characters and a great story, would recommend.Published 13 months ago by Emma Pearson
I started reading this book and expected another chick-lit predicable story, except it wasn't. The story was cleverly written, funny and tense. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Charlotte
After owing and reading all of alexandra's other books, this was an obvious choice to add to the collection. Read morePublished 23 months ago by stacey
Love this book, great entertainment and a good believable story. I'm now convinced I need to move to california! Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2013 by Jessica
Loved it, read a book similar, liked the book and the ending I wanted became a reality :) x happy endingPublished on 2 Jun. 2013 by Sophie Lamden
Ive read a few books by Potter and never been disappointed. Unfortunately just abit average. A few good twists and turns but the plot was quite predictable in places. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2012 by Lxy Flippa
I bought this book because I previously read and enjoyed What's New, Pussycat? by Alexandra Potter and wanted to read more from her. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2012 by Me, My Books and I
An older but classic Alexandra Potter, she is an entertaining author, the book is easy reading, made me laugh, down to earth and superb!Published on 11 Oct. 2010 by Zola
Just finished this book and have to disagree with some of the other reviewers. This is the first book I have read by this author and have just bought the others. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2009 by littleskippy