Saoirse Berger's Bookish Lens In La La Land

Young Adult - Romance
311 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2021
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Author Biography

Nicole Schubert is an award-winning author and screenwriter with a big soft spot for anything YA/teens, comedy and romance. Her debut YA novel, Blues Harp Green (2017), won an Independent Publishers Book Award and a Readers' Favorite Award in YA Social Issues. Her second book is a YA romcom, Saoirse Berger's Bookish Lens In La La Land (2021), drawing on her time working in Hollywood in film editing. Nicole also loves the heavy stuff and recently wrote the Lifetime Movies/Mar Vista Entertainment thriller Deadly Assistant (2019).

Nicole dabbles in other behind-the-scenes activities as well, like producing the monthly Improv Diary Show at Santa Monica’s Westside Comedy Theater. She’s produced a music awards TV show and European-wide photo exhibition out of Brussels and enjoyed another side of storytelling working in the editing rooms of numerous Hollywood feature films.

Nicole lives with her family in Santa Monica, by way of Brussels and New Orleans, where she was born during a hurricane.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

If coming-of-age romantic comedies are your forte, grab yourself a copy of Saoirse Berger's Bookish Lens In La La Land by Nicole Schubert. The only single teenager amongst her group of friends, eighteen-year-old BookTuber and blogger Saoirse Berger has romantic fantasies of being swept off her feet. While working for her uncle's film, she develops a burgeoning crush on a twenty-three-year-old directorial prodigy named Leo Landis. However, his on and off relationship with his girlfriend and Saoirse's insecurities make her hesitant to pursue a potential long-term relationship. To complicate things further, Saoirse finds a kindred spirit in the form of Hector Rojas. Hector is a mural artist who mistakenly becomes infatuated with Saoirse's cousin Sadie, a talented actress who acts as the face of Saoirse's BookTube channel.

Author Nicole Schubert writes Saoirse's tale in a personal diary style, making the narrative highly accessible and providing it with a contemporary feel that makes it so much more entertaining to read. Most of the characters are typical teenagers on the verge of adulthood, trying to cope with their changing environments. Saoirse is a likable protagonist, and her relationships with her friends and family form the backbone of the narrative. I particularly enjoyed her dynamic with Hector and Sadie. This is a character-driven story, and as such, the plot moves at a relatively slower pace. But the story feels all the more immersive because of that. I would recommend Saoirse Berger's Bookish Lens In La La Land to readers who enjoy young adult romance novels.