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Strong heroine and nice love story
on 29 June 2013
The story of Uptown Girl, which is reminiscent of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in a few places, is fashionable and light-hearted. It is satirical in some places, insightful in others and provides an entertaining and well-written short read. Emma Hastings is a model from a wealthy family who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery triggered by a chance encounter with a rude mechanic. The glamorous, privileged life led by Emma is described in whole-hearted detail, providing a lavish milieu for the events of the book.
Emma Hastings is beautiful, stylish and not immediately likeable. Even in the long term, despite transition from vacuous Chelsea girl to school teacher, the heroine of Uptown Girl is still a work in progress (but aren't we all?). The supporting characters are somewhat hit and miss; wealthy Jason Rothschild who possess significantly less chivalry than he does money is well-developed and convincingly slimy as Emma’s original love interest. Similarly William Flynn is a rounded character whose tragic past brings a tangible melancholy to his persona. Emma’s best friend Celia however, remains distant and vague, a character who has recently lost her mother and boyfriend yet seems to recover enough to consider asking William out on a date within a short space of time. The relationship between Emma and Celia doesn't convince as well as others.
Uptown Girl is fast-moving and romantic, possessing enough pizazz and sparkle to keep the pages turning, however were it developed into a full length novel it could perhaps shine even more.