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Can an up-and-coming horror actress and the makeup artist for her newest “creature feature” turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime? Lilah Silver’s a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She’s been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance…but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she’s going to Can an up-and-coming horror actress and the makeup artist for her newest “creature feature” turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime? Lilah Silver’s a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She’s been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance…but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she’s going to need major help along the way. Noa Birnbaum may be a brilliant makeup artist and special effects whiz-kid, but cracking into the union is more difficult than she imagined. Keeping everyone happy is a full-time job, and she’s already run ragged. And yet when the beautiful star she’s been secretly crushing on admits to fears of her own, Noa vows to do everything in her power to help Lilah shine like never before. Long hours? Exhausting work? No problem. Together they can take the world by storm…but can the connection forged over long hours in the makeup chair ever hope to survive the glare of the spotlight?


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Can an up-and-coming horror actress and the makeup artist for her newest “creature feature” turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime? Lilah Silver’s a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She’s been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance…but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she’s going to Can an up-and-coming horror actress and the makeup artist for her newest “creature feature” turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime? Lilah Silver’s a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She’s been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance…but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she’s going to need major help along the way. Noa Birnbaum may be a brilliant makeup artist and special effects whiz-kid, but cracking into the union is more difficult than she imagined. Keeping everyone happy is a full-time job, and she’s already run ragged. And yet when the beautiful star she’s been secretly crushing on admits to fears of her own, Noa vows to do everything in her power to help Lilah shine like never before. Long hours? Exhausting work? No problem. Together they can take the world by storm…but can the connection forged over long hours in the makeup chair ever hope to survive the glare of the spotlight?

30 review for I Kissed a Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shay ☆

    1.5 stars. Buddy read with Trisha & Naomi! Visual (& accurate) representation of me reading this book : (BEWARE : this meme is going to be the running theme of this review) ⤷ Before I start ranting, I'll focus on the redeeming qualities of the book. The LGBTQ+ rep was great! Lilah is a struggling closeted bisexual who undergoes an inspiring arc throughout the book. She is kind & gentle but plagued with insecurities, as anyone would be as a young starlet growing up in the spotlight. It was great 1.5 stars. Buddy read with Trisha & Naomi! Visual (& accurate) representation of me reading this book : (BEWARE : this meme is going to be the running theme of this review) ⤷ Before I start ranting, I'll focus on the redeeming qualities of the book. The LGBTQ+ rep was great! Lilah is a struggling closeted bisexual who undergoes an inspiring arc throughout the book. She is kind & gentle but plagued with insecurities, as anyone would be as a young starlet growing up in the spotlight. It was great to read about her growth & coming out process to becoming more confident & outspoken, little by little. No thanks to Noa of course, who is constantly up Lilah's ass about Lilah being fake. (view spoiler)[ The part at the end where she spots fan's hesitance in mentioning his boyfriend & takes it upon herself to mention her own girlfriend to empower him was very very heart-warming. I really liked Lilah in that moment. (hide spoiler)] The Jewish rep was also quite endearing & I can see Jewish readers finding those elements exceptionally relatable. ⤷ The stalker plotline was also the only thing that kept me engaged & my guess was right! So I wasn't exactly blindsided but it was still a gripping element. It was also quite chilling to read about being stalked & watched from Lilah's perspective. Okay, that's it. Everything else made me feel like pulling my hair out. RANT INCOMING. ⤷ First, the insta-love. One Direction fanfictions(which are also Hollywood romances) from 2012 have done better insta-love arcs than this one. Noa is a huge fan of Lilah Silver so I understood her little celebrity crush but the first thing Noa did when they met, was to insult Lilah's intelligence by judging her taste in books. Lilah, despite seeing Noa for the very first time is already losing sleep thinking about her. & because they literally knew nothing about each other, their attraction was often reduced to physical attraction. I'm just sitting here like : I felt ZERO emotional connection between them. No chemistry, just lust that popped out of nowhere but if I were to take a smart guess, probably out of loneliness & desperation. This made it very hard to be invested in the relationship because there was no substance. I had no idea why they liked each other so much. Both the girls were also so easily offended so the dialogue was almost unbearable. Like, y'all don't have to clarify that you're joking or bantering every time y'all make a slightly informal comment. They were just walking on eggshells around each other because they're literally still strangers. Here's an example: "You're beautiful. Is that okay?" Stop treating each other like delicate china & we might actually get somewhere. ⤷ I literally could not care less about Noa. She has no redeeming quality & I disliked her. She was spiteful & judgemental towards Lilah for no reason. It seemed like Noa desperately wanted Lilah to be snobbish & diva-like when none of their interactions have ever indicated that. Yet, every time they were in within 20 feet of each other, Noa is electrified & wants to touch her or kiss her. Noa was just a very contradictory, inconsistent & flat character, honestly, she even felt manipulative. ⤷ This book reads like teen fanfiction fiction. It's classified as New Adult & coming-of-age. I couldn't disagree more. The entire book read like something I would've enjoyed a bit more if I was 12 because then, I wouldn't be this aware of the inconsistencies in the book. There are A LOT. Here's a list : 1. Lilah is apparently allergic to dog. At some point, she requests for the dog in the book to be brought to her & she hugs & cuddles with him like they're bestfriends. Sneezing? nada. Allergy? nope. 2. The author tells me Noa gets tongue-tied around Lilah. I've never seen that in action because Noa always talks her head off around Lilah, making jokes & giving backhanded compliments. 3. Denise, the head of the special effects team that Noa is part of, tells them to keep things professional. 2 kisses & 5 cuddles later, Denise is nowhere to be found. But, oH, dEniSe iS sUcH aN oBsTaCLe, oHHH tHis iS sO sAd, wE cAn'T bE tOgeTheR!!! 4. Lilah tells Noa that she understands that they should date AFTER they finish filming because dating now could cost Noa her job. When Noa pushes away from her in the presence of Denise, Lilah goes, "Who would want to stick around for more of that kind of rejection?" 5. A lot more of other subtle inconsistencies & loopholes that I simply can't be bothered to include. ⤷ One of my favourite things in characters is having goals or aspirations. The author tells us that both the characters have aspirations but I NEVER see it. Lilah wants to be taken seriously as an actress but hates her job & is constantly unhappy about having to act in horror despite it being a potentially breakout role. Noa is passionate about special effects but always wants to go home. I don't see any passion or any enjoyment from them regarding their supposed talents. Their jobs seem to just be a plot device that throws them together. ⤷ The humour was also horrible. All the jokes fell flat for me & was so awkward. Here's one example out of many : "Maybe her parents had forced her into entering. And maybe it's Maybelline." The humour is just overall cringey & embarrassing, I'm sorry. ⤷ The writing. I'm not going to say much but I'm going to leave a compilation & you be the judge. "...that little frowny thing she did..." "...there was something heated and a little flirty..." "...something so honest and soft..." "...a flash of something in her expression..." "...there was something intense behind her stare..." "...you have this thing you do..." "...something clicked over inside Lilah..." "...something raw and empty inside of Lilah..." "...brushing her lips in something like shock..." "...searched Noa's expression for something..." "...to give her something grounded..." Overall, I'm tired & bored because of this book & I would not recommend. 〖 Follow me on Instagram (@shashaybooks)! 〗 Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    On the whole, this book was very underwhelming to me. I Kissed a Girl follows a up and coming makeup artist, who gets a job applying stage makeup to a B list actress, Lilah Silvers. They clash, they have misunderstandings, but ultimately they're both very drawn to each other. This sounds like the perfect recipe for a rom-com, but this book unfortunately just didn't hit the mark. Starting with the good, I absolutely loved Lilah Silvers. She's a bisexual actress struggling to get out of her type-ca On the whole, this book was very underwhelming to me. I Kissed a Girl follows a up and coming makeup artist, who gets a job applying stage makeup to a B list actress, Lilah Silvers. They clash, they have misunderstandings, but ultimately they're both very drawn to each other. This sounds like the perfect recipe for a rom-com, but this book unfortunately just didn't hit the mark. Starting with the good, I absolutely loved Lilah Silvers. She's a bisexual actress struggling to get out of her type-cast mold of B horror movies. She's a former beauty queen from the parent circuit, but she's so much more than that, something it takes her makeup artist Noa a while to understand. I felt super connected to her, she had a compelling story, and I loved her personality. Unfortunately this book just couldn't sell the romance between Lilah and Noa to me. Noa makes snap judgements about her based on her past, she insults her for reading women fiction, and it takes a pretty long time for her to stop viewing her in a very objectified manner. We watch their romance blossom as they grow closer, but the chemistry just... isn't there? There was never a scene where I felt "oh, this is why they make sense. This is why they belong together." I did enjoy the stalking sub-plot involving Lilah. I think it added more depth and excitement to the story than even the romance, which is supposed to be the main plot. I do think the stalking sub-plot became a little campy at the end, which I wouldn't have an issue with if the rest of the novel was also camp, but this discontinuity was cringe to read. The story also really dragged. I confidently think the author could've cut out about 100 pages of this book and ended up with the exact same story. We're taken on set almost everyday with painstaking detail. Did I need to know what Lilah and Noa's day to day lives were like when so many scenes had no relevance to the story? Nope. Overall, Lilah was definitely the saving grace to this book. I didn't enjoy much of the story, romance, or writing style. I think the plot idea was great, but the execution was really lacking. 2.5 stars, rounded up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: Jewish lesbian mc, Jewish bi mc, gay side characters, Black side character, sapphic trans side character, Indian(?) American side character CWs: stalking Galley provided by publisher I Kissed a Girl is probably one of the few adult f/f romances I haven’t found myself bored by (high praise, I know). It’s a romance between an actress and her makeup artist, and one I’ve been anticipating since it was announced. And I did like it! So I think we can consider that a great book and go On my blog. Rep: Jewish lesbian mc, Jewish bi mc, gay side characters, Black side character, sapphic trans side character, Indian(?) American side character CWs: stalking Galley provided by publisher I Kissed a Girl is probably one of the few adult f/f romances I haven’t found myself bored by (high praise, I know). It’s a romance between an actress and her makeup artist, and one I’ve been anticipating since it was announced. And I did like it! So I think we can consider that a great book and go home. I’m kidding. It was a book I enjoyed reading, for the most part, and that’s really all I ask of books I pick up, to be honest. I liked both Lilah and Noa, I liked reading their POVs, I liked them together. There was never a point where I didn’t understand their relationship, and I enjoyed the progression of it. It felt natural, in all. However—and there are really two howevers here—the whole schtick of two sapphics being unsure of whether the other liked them and thus not actually acting on anything was. A little stereotypical, let’s say. I mean, I get that’s the (other) joke about lesbians (sapphics in general here), but it felt overdone. Add onto the fact that they didn’t really feel…sexually attracted to one another (for want of a better phrasing), and… I don’t know. I can’t really verbalise this, except for, if you read a lot of m/f or m/m, you’ll notice the characters viscerally — and clearly, on-page expressing desires — want sex with their love interest. In f/f books, though? (But I will make clear that they did eventually have sex in this! I’m not saying there wasn’t that.) After that mess of a paragraph, my second “however” relates to the sheer length of the book. For me, romances shouldn’t be much longer than 320 pages or so, definitely not more than 350. This one… was over 400. So, as much as I did like the voices, and the characters, at times it just made me tired reading it. I think a lot of it could have been a bit more condensed, especially the dithering of “oh my God does she like me” and “oh my God I like her”. After a while, that gets tedious. So, while I did enjoy this book in a broad sense, there were still parts of it that I found… less fun I suppose. But, if you’re looking to get f/f adult romance recs out of me (a short list at the best of times), this would be one of them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This was a cute quick read but ultimately nothing amazing. I loved the fx makeup stuff and surprisingly the stalker subplot was interesting. The romance fell flat for me though. I never really felt the chemistry between Noa and Lilah and it was paced very slowly. I love the makeup artist/actress concept but wanted some more fireworks between them. Noa felt almost condescending at times to me but I loved Lilah and her arc. There just felt like there was something missing that keep me connected to This was a cute quick read but ultimately nothing amazing. I loved the fx makeup stuff and surprisingly the stalker subplot was interesting. The romance fell flat for me though. I never really felt the chemistry between Noa and Lilah and it was paced very slowly. I love the makeup artist/actress concept but wanted some more fireworks between them. Noa felt almost condescending at times to me but I loved Lilah and her arc. There just felt like there was something missing that keep me connected to the characters and the story. The representation in this though? 10/10. LGBTQIA+, Judaism, societal differences, you name it, this book had it. So I do totally commend it for how it handled a lot of things. I just wish the plot lived up to that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trisha (semi-hiatus)

    Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I really loved it!!! I'm finally reviewing this after my pretty long hiatus from reviewing (I have 24 books I need to review, TWENTY FOUR) and this is going to be a review filled week if everything goes to plan. Review after review after review coming your way. SO, after I finished the mindf*ck that was The Love Song Of Ivy K Harlowe, I needed a good, normal, predictable, a Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I really loved it!!! I'm finally reviewing this after my pretty long hiatus from reviewing (I have 24 books I need to review, TWENTY FOUR) and this is going to be a review filled week if everything goes to plan. Review after review after review coming your way. SO, after I finished the mindf*ck that was The Love Song Of Ivy K Harlowe, I needed a good, normal, predictable, angsty yet fluffy rom-com, and THIS F*CKING DELIVERED ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY WANTS. I loved our MCs, most of the time, at least; I didn't like how judgemental Noa was of the romance genre in general, and she never really completely apologised, or even acknowledged out loud to Lila that maybe she was being too judgemental, but because I ended up really enjoying this, I decided to let it go. Also, both of them were Jewish, which is a rep I haven't actually read a lot of, so that was amazing to read about! I really loved Chrissy's friendship with Noa, and Lilah's complete friend group; they were such good friends and such a great support, to both of them, and I just loved it! There was a whole lot of rep in this, bisexuality, trans, lesbian, polyamory, gay (that last scene was so cute!), and others I might not remember, and I loved this diversity! I also loved the way this book got into the whole movie making industry, especially horror, which is not a genre a particularly enjoy or watch (mainly because my parents don't really watch it so then I just haven't) and I loved all the behind the scenes we got, both on the acting as well as the makeup artists, stunt artists, and other different people like the on site scientist (God, I feel sorry for that guy). The one thing I didn't completely love was the way we were like building up to this something with the guy who was giving her the creeps, and then nothing happened on that front, and then we were having this nice rom-com when suddenly there were snakes and murderous creepy stalkers (I don't really know about murderous, but I think we can agree that that was attempted murder, or rather manslaughter). But I still didn't hate it a lot, so I didn't change my rating for any of it. I just loved the fluff to angst ratio in this, it was perfectly balanced, but tooth rotting fluff interspersed between hardcore angst, denial, and feelings. I will definitely be checking out more books in the future from Jennet Alexander. On the whole, an amazing rom-com, though with slightly out of this world ending that kinda reminds me of of the bollywood movies from the 80s and 90s (because those are the only ones I've really watched, and then also only some of them), like Angoor. I loved it, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys f/f rom-coms, loads of lgbtq rep, the whole celebrity romance thing, insight into the film industry and the art of makeup, and amazing fluff to angst ratio.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pia

    Thank you to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. You can read a more detailed review over on my blog. The story follows Lilah, a struggling actress, who is trying to make it in the film industry, and Noa, a makeup artist, who is trying to make it into the union. Long hours of working together might lead one thing to another... The premise for this book sounded so good, but the execution was just underwhelming for me. I think that Thank you to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. You can read a more detailed review over on my blog. The story follows Lilah, a struggling actress, who is trying to make it in the film industry, and Noa, a makeup artist, who is trying to make it into the union. Long hours of working together might lead one thing to another... The premise for this book sounded so good, but the execution was just underwhelming for me. I think that that might be the result of Liliah being already infatuated with Noa from page 1--if her attraction for the makeup artist would be done slower, then the story would not feel so dragged out, and I think I might have enjoyed it more. Another thing I did not particularly like was the underdevelopment of the attraction between the two women. The story just did not sell it to me, no matter how hard I tried to find the little details of why Lilah would fall for Noa (who constantly makes judgments towards Lilah). And there was also a stalker sub-plot that I actually enjoyed, but the mystery of which was obvious from the start. Overall, it was a cute story with a nice Jewish rep, however, I could not find myself caring about the characters, and as someone who has a phobia of snakes, I did not enjoy the last quarter of the book. ~2.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eros Bittersweet

    There are two things I absolutely love about this book: its dedication to horror movies, and the way it turns a romance moment of reconciliation into some kind of meta movie moment. Snakes slither amok, a set is trashed in a spectacular disaster, and there are mutual heroines-rescue-each-other scenes which are really adorable. Before this, a villain is outed (his villainy is very nicely foreshadowed) and our brave heroines must outsmart him. This was so fun and so creative, and I just loved it. There are two things I absolutely love about this book: its dedication to horror movies, and the way it turns a romance moment of reconciliation into some kind of meta movie moment. Snakes slither amok, a set is trashed in a spectacular disaster, and there are mutual heroines-rescue-each-other scenes which are really adorable. Before this, a villain is outed (his villainy is very nicely foreshadowed) and our brave heroines must outsmart him. This was so fun and so creative, and I just loved it. I am a total wimp who hates to be scared so I am never going to watch a horror movie ever, but what I really love to read about is when one passion is folded into another passion. So the way that this romance is also structured a bit like a suspense thriller with its stalker sub-plot, and the way its final scene resembles a disaster movie, really worked for me. It was totally in keeping with the theme and tone of everything else in the character's worlds. I know other reviewers have complained that the stalker sub-plot takes away from the romance. I don't think this is the case at all - as storytelling, it works well, at least it did for me. There is real dramatic tension in the fact every single guy on set (except the lead actor) is hinted to possibly be the stalker, with leering glances, "don't upset the others with the news you're being stalked" concealment, and nervous behaviour as if they're getting away with something. In a post MeToo era, this feels, well, basically like reality for an attractive female actor on a non-blockbuster movie set. There's also a huge amount of space for a romance novel devoted to making practical horror effects, and the somewhat monotonous business of setting up shots involving said effects. This does work against romance reader expectations, but I was completely intrigued. The book has such great energy when it's telling us snippets of conversation overheard in the props department, the ridiculous gripes of the science lead about the proper scale for Pterodactyls, or gleefully describing the buckets of fake blood that drench the watching crew. What I think is actually the problem is that the romance beats are very muddled on on their own. They get drowned beneath the more memorable subplots and setting. The characters, while pitched as total opposites, one of them a pink-wearing former pageant girl, the other a black-clad horror movie enthusiast, a never quite find their distinct voices. When they're cracking a joke, they sound just about the same, and some of the reciprocal dialogue struggles with awkwardness that doesn't seem entirely self-aware. I know these are mutually awkward people, they are intended to be awkward. But, "Because both you and caramel can be so sweet, deliciously well rounded, but disappointing when oversalty" is a line that, if a human being uttered it, ought to be received with groans of pain. I love humor that doesn't land, and often its not-landing becomes funny, but this is not that. And there's just not much content to Noa and Lilah's romance. They go on literally half a date (a friend's outing that turns into a date) and kiss once, then apparently a bunch of stuff happens off-page on the movie set that the reader misses, and they're in love. There's several references to coupley thing they've done together that I honestly don't remember happening on-page at all. For example, apparently Noa helped Lilah memorize lines for a movie audition in Paris, but I don't recall that being a thing that was even mentioned. I just didn't get a sense of two opposites slowly warming to each other thanks to forced proximity in a work environment. Initially, Noa is prejudiced against Lilah as a former pageant queen, thinking that she's fake with crap taste in books (she's caught reading an f/f romance novel by Noa, which Noa makes fun of). And Lilah IS sometimes fake, piling on the charm to please people by concocting a persona she thinks they'll like more than her actual self. This is a great idea for two character arcs. However, the relationship escalation notes don't entirely make sense as a coherent set of facts that would lead a person to behave in a certain way? For example, we're told that Lilah idolizes Noa and thinks she has it all together. But on the page, Noa's been snobby about Lilah's taste, to which she's reacted negatively, so she already knows Noa can be mean - that's not perfect. Lilah has much more experience in movies than Noa does, considering this is Noa's first gig and Lliah's reached the status of a leading lady, so in that regard, Liliah has it more together by any objective measure. Lilah is envious of Noa's assurance in her queerness and her belonging in the queer community, but that's one aspect of her life - there's no reason Lilah would believe she "has it all together" across the board, as she tells Noa. Quite often, the subtext becomes the text, with the characters making speeches about the realizations they've had and how they better understand themselves now. Such realizations are important, and these give us some clarity about where the character arcs are going. But I wished that there were fewer outright reiterations of the fact that Noa is a snob and Lilah is fake, that Noa is too quick to judge and that Lilah struggles with being herself instead of a movie star everyone loves. This could be more subtly signaled through the content of their dialogues, so the reader can conclude this on their own without being guided like a horse on a lead. And the same applies to the romantic scenes. Most often, the scenes where they're together are a lot of "they wanted each other" without building much real emotional closeness to show how their intimacy is developed beyond feelings of lust. Steam level: closed-door, one fade to black, a few on-page kisses. CW: stalking, scenes of danger involving snakes. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ribbs

    Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I Kissed a Girl is about Noa, a makeup artist trying to start her career and Liah Silvers, an actress in a horror movie. Noa is more of a background makeup artist just helping around but gets her positioned moved up to be the main MUA for Lilah. Lot’s of stolen glances and yearning, and thinking the other doesn't like them this is a super cute romcom. The writing style was a bit choppy. Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I Kissed a Girl is about Noa, a makeup artist trying to start her career and Liah Silvers, an actress in a horror movie. Noa is more of a background makeup artist just helping around but gets her positioned moved up to be the main MUA for Lilah. Lot’s of stolen glances and yearning, and thinking the other doesn't like them this is a super cute romcom. The writing style was a bit choppy. Sometimes I found myself going back to read passages a couple times and about halfway through I contemplated DNF’ing the book just because I had other things I would rather be reading but did end up finishing it. I think that the characters lacked some personality. But if you are looking for a quick sapphic romcom with Jewish rep and LOVE movies this book may be for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    I loved the juxtaposition between the sweet romance and the cheesy, gory horror movie–and I wished that I had been played up a little more in the marketing (especially the cover). Far from a glitzy Hollywood romance, Lilah has to tread water in a tank that smells like sour milk and spends a lot of time rinsing various kinds of goo and fake blood from her hair. I also appreciated that both of the main characters are Jewish, and they find connection with each other in that. There’s also a trans sid I loved the juxtaposition between the sweet romance and the cheesy, gory horror movie–and I wished that I had been played up a little more in the marketing (especially the cover). Far from a glitzy Hollywood romance, Lilah has to tread water in a tank that smells like sour milk and spends a lot of time rinsing various kinds of goo and fake blood from her hair. I also appreciated that both of the main characters are Jewish, and they find connection with each other in that. There’s also a trans side character, and one of my favourite moments of the book was when Noa’s parents say Chrissy (the roommate) is welcome at Rosh Hashanah even if Noa doesn’t come, but to tell them how many girlfriends she’s bringing, because last time they had to run across the street to borrow chairs from the Glazers. It’s such a sweet, casual moment of acceptance (Chrissy is also queer and polyamorous). I did have some issues with the pacing. There’s a stalker subplot that felt very drawn out and awkward, and the romance plot seemed to get paused for a while and then pick up where it left off. It feels like it could have been a more tightly-plotted novella, so that there wasn’t a chunk in the middle where we’re just waiting for Noah and Lilah to get together and the stalker to be revealed. Despite the pacing issues, I did enjoy this one overall, and I especially recommend it for readers looking for F/F Jewish romance who have exhausted the Shira Glassman back catalogue! Full review at the Lesbrary.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Noa Birnbaum dreams of being a Hollywood makeup artist, and when she gets the chance to work on a horror film, she jumps at the chance even though it means dropping out of college. It doesn't hurt that the actress she has been crushing on, Lilah Silver, is the female lead in the movie. Lilah hopes that this movie will be a breakthrough movie for her, pushing her past the B-list of celebs she is currently on. Lilah immediately likes Noa but is not out as a bisexual and is unsure how to become par Noa Birnbaum dreams of being a Hollywood makeup artist, and when she gets the chance to work on a horror film, she jumps at the chance even though it means dropping out of college. It doesn't hurt that the actress she has been crushing on, Lilah Silver, is the female lead in the movie. Lilah hopes that this movie will be a breakthrough movie for her, pushing her past the B-list of celebs she is currently on. Lilah immediately likes Noa but is not out as a bisexual and is unsure how to become part of the LA LGBTQ+ scene. The premise didn't live up to the actually story for me. Unfortunately, I didn't quite buy the romance in this story. Noa has had a crush on Lilah from afar, but when they get up close, she judges Lilah's taste in books, history of entering beauty pageants, etc. Lilah seemed mostly to like Noa because she's part of the LGBTQ+ community that Lilah wants to figure out how to enter. I also think the story dragged on. The story was OK but could have been so much better. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me an audio ARC of this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    This book had some fantastic rep and a lot of potential, but it was just all over the place in terms of execution. One thing that I just didn't understand is that from the beginning, make up artist Noa is completely obsessed with actress Lilah, but Noa goes out of her way to make of every single thing that Lilah enjoys. Noa hates the fact that Lilah is an ex-beauty queen and is completely shut off from the whole idea because it's "girly". Noa also judges Lilah's intelligence because she reads sm This book had some fantastic rep and a lot of potential, but it was just all over the place in terms of execution. One thing that I just didn't understand is that from the beginning, make up artist Noa is completely obsessed with actress Lilah, but Noa goes out of her way to make of every single thing that Lilah enjoys. Noa hates the fact that Lilah is an ex-beauty queen and is completely shut off from the whole idea because it's "girly". Noa also judges Lilah's intelligence because she reads smutty romance novels. Noa is just a grumpy ass main character who is just elitist, and I was sick of her BS about half way through the book. Yeah, as I'm writing this, I am knocking down a star from 3 to 2 because this book is just not great, and I have no positive feelings about it. Thank you to Dreamscape Media for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jena

    3.5 stars rounded down I Kissed a Girl has the fun premise of two women working on a movie set together and secretly falling in love. This is a good set up to a story and this was a cute, quick read, but I was slightly underwhelmed by the romance. The main characters of this book, Lilah and Noa, come from two very different walks of life. Unfortunately, I did not get the sense that Noa was judgemental of Lilah's lifestyle or privilege, but rather that she was just judgmental of her. Considering h 3.5 stars rounded down I Kissed a Girl has the fun premise of two women working on a movie set together and secretly falling in love. This is a good set up to a story and this was a cute, quick read, but I was slightly underwhelmed by the romance. The main characters of this book, Lilah and Noa, come from two very different walks of life. Unfortunately, I did not get the sense that Noa was judgemental of Lilah's lifestyle or privilege, but rather that she was just judgmental of her. Considering how much Noa judged Lilah in the beginning of this book, the end conflict felt inevitable and like a potential deal breaker, rather than just an instance of miscommunication. I also wish there were a few more scenes of Noa and Lilah in the middle stage of their relationship, so that we could really see their connection and what made their love worth fighting for. All that being said, there were some really good parts of this book too. To start, I found Lilah's character to be extremely well written and relatable. Specifically, her journey of coming out, and her feelings of not wanting to make a big deal out of it if she isn't actively dating a girl were very relatable. This book also impressed me with its diversity (the two leads are a Jewish lesbian MC and a Jewish bisexual MC). The diversity never felt like tokenism, and every social issue this book mentioned was explored in good detail. Overall, this book had a lot of good to it, such as its discussions regarding the complexities of coming out and feeling welcomed in queer spaces, but the actual romance of this book was somewhat lacking. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warning: stalking Pros: Overall, I Kissed a Girl is a light and fluffy read with a jewish bisexual main character and a jewish lesbian main character! I really enjoyed Lilah's character, her coming out, and struggling with her identity. Lilah was very relatable especially as she learns that bisexuality is valid. Cons: The book was a little too long if it was 300 pages instead of 400 I think it would have he Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warning: stalking Pros: Overall, I Kissed a Girl is a light and fluffy read with a jewish bisexual main character and a jewish lesbian main character! I really enjoyed Lilah's character, her coming out, and struggling with her identity. Lilah was very relatable especially as she learns that bisexuality is valid. Cons: The book was a little too long if it was 300 pages instead of 400 I think it would have held my interest more. The story was underwhelming in my opinion. I wish the romance portion would have picked up more...I did not feel the chemistry between our two main characters. I would recommend I Kissed a Girl for light hearted fluffy rom-com.

  14. 5 out of 5

    alexa

    3.5 ⭐️ bruh i have soooo many thoughts and feelings ab this one but i need a hot minute to process them ☝🏼

  15. 5 out of 5

    birdie

    DNF @ 36% not bad or anything, but nothing really kept me reading. definitely expected more :') DNF @ 36% not bad or anything, but nothing really kept me reading. definitely expected more :')

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anushka

    Ahhh thank you Netgalley!! Excited to read it :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Lew

    Thank you NetGalley for providing an arc copy of this book. I was really looking forward to reading this book, but honestly I ended up super disappointed in it. Overall I found the romance pretty lack luster and tiresome to read. Also the characters themselves felt like they had little depth and every step of the way I was wondering when the book was going to be over. The biggest part of the romance that fell flat for me was that it was instant, and instant romances to me always seem inauthentic. Thank you NetGalley for providing an arc copy of this book. I was really looking forward to reading this book, but honestly I ended up super disappointed in it. Overall I found the romance pretty lack luster and tiresome to read. Also the characters themselves felt like they had little depth and every step of the way I was wondering when the book was going to be over. The biggest part of the romance that fell flat for me was that it was instant, and instant romances to me always seem inauthentic. And since we didn’t really get a good look at the characters and there personalities, I felt that there was no chemistry between the two main characters. The end part of the romance also felt really rushed and that nothing was actually resolved. Both characters seemed really flat. This caused me to no really care about what happened to them. While we knew what the sexuality of the characters were and their surface level interests were, there was nothing deeper. This defiantly contributed to the lack of chemistry between the characters as well, because not only did we not know anything about them, they didn’t know anything about each other. The author gave very little to root for. The sub plot could have been used a little more as well, often times it felt like an after thought in the book. I thought the pacing was pretty good as well, while I didn’t care much for the characters, at least everything was moving along,

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    DNF. This is reading like someone's self-insert fan fiction. It's so repetitive and not really interesting. DNF. This is reading like someone's self-insert fan fiction. It's so repetitive and not really interesting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    A fun movie set romance Noa Birnbaum's dream is to work in the movies: in horror special effects and makeup. She finally gets a chance to work on a real movie (one step closer to joining the union), but it means dropping out of school, where she's earning her theater degree. Her parents won't be pleased. On the set, she's face to face with actress Lilah Silver, whom Noa has had a crush on for ages. Lilah has her own dreams, to move beyond B-list horror films and into true stardom. This starring r A fun movie set romance Noa Birnbaum's dream is to work in the movies: in horror special effects and makeup. She finally gets a chance to work on a real movie (one step closer to joining the union), but it means dropping out of school, where she's earning her theater degree. Her parents won't be pleased. On the set, she's face to face with actress Lilah Silver, whom Noa has had a crush on for ages. Lilah has her own dreams, to move beyond B-list horror films and into true stardom. This starring role as the "final girl" could be her opportunity. When she meets openly out Noa, Lilah may finally have a chance to admit to her own bisexuality. But a relationship could have its own problems for both Lilah and Noa. "Noa'd thrown away everything else in her life for this job. And now she was seriously considering throwing the job away for a chance at a girl? Stupid beyond words." This is a cute story whose strength comes across in its representation--queer characters covering bi, trans, lesbian and more. There's also some excellent Jewish representation, as both Noa and Lilah bond over their religious beliefs. As a member of the LGBTQIA community, I love seeing stories that reflect myself and my friends. Watching Lilah grapple with her bisexuality and coming out and seeing Noa hang out with her friends, being openly out and accepted. These are still stories and characters we do not get to see and read about regularly. Even better, it seems like I read a lot of queer YA books, not a lot where the characters are adults (although they might not always act like it in this story, ha). It was fun and refreshing. "Special effects artist had never been on the list of things Good Jewish Girls Did." For me, this book was a little long. It could have been a bit shorter and would have felt more snappy. A lot of the focus in this story is on miscommunication, which is a pet peeve of mine. I just can't handle when so much of the plot could be avoided if the characters just spoke openly to one another. It's also not entirely clear why Noa crushes so much on Lilah, to the point that it seems that she can't rationalize clearly. A lot of this inability to communicate or think clearly leads to some back and forth storylines, so it seems like as if the plot zigs and zags. Up and down. Will Noa go for a relationship with Lilah or keep her job? Is Lilah willing to risk her career for her sexuality? Again, if things had been just a bit shorter, we probably could have skipped a bit of this. Still, this is a fun story. While Lilah and Noa can be frustrating sometimes, they are engaging characters. The horror film set adds an interesting level to the book (there's another plot line involving Lilah and threats to her safety). It's a little long, but I appreciated all the queer and Jewish rep. 3+ stars. I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review. It releases 8/3/2021. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing and eARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This wlw romance follows Noa, a makeup artist trying to get more work, and Lilah, an actress who might just be getting her big break. Both MCs are Jewish, and this book has bi, lesbian, and poly rep. For movie buffs and thriller fans, this might be a really good romcom for you, but it wasn't my thing. Firstly, the book is really long. It dragged so much, and I almost DNFed multiple times because I h Thank you to NetGalley for providing and eARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This wlw romance follows Noa, a makeup artist trying to get more work, and Lilah, an actress who might just be getting her big break. Both MCs are Jewish, and this book has bi, lesbian, and poly rep. For movie buffs and thriller fans, this might be a really good romcom for you, but it wasn't my thing. Firstly, the book is really long. It dragged so much, and I almost DNFed multiple times because I had to force myself through a lot of this. Alexander could have easily cut out a good portion of the book. I did enjoy the more 'thriller' element of the book with the stalking plotline, but it also felt really rushed through at the end. Basically the pacing was off, and some things, like the sub plot of Lilah moving overseas for work, just aren't even wrapped up. While I did enjoy Lilah's character, I was not a fan of pretty much anyone else in the book, especially Noa, who is prejudiced and not very respectful. She also pretty much only complements Lilah on her looks, despite Lilah informing her that she doesn't like being reduced to a pretty actress. In my opinion, the actual romance was really underdeveloped. The attraction between the two MCs was very surface level. Lilah loved Noa's style and was jealous that she was out and proud, and Noa thought Lilah was hot and had a celebrity crush. We never really get much of why they like each other, and I honestly didn't see much chemistry, though there were some cute moments.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trio

    A little bit of everything here. It starts out as a coming out/first time/friends-to-lovers story, and ends up with a kind of zany mystery. With nods to horror flicks all throughout the story, Jennet Alexanders' I Kissed a Girl turned out to be a lot of fun. With loads of chuckle worthy moments, Jennet Alexander breathes new life into this genre without taking it all too seriously. Four stars to I Kissed a Girl, for its toung-in-cheek handling of a hallway full of snakes! Audio performed by Natalie A little bit of everything here. It starts out as a coming out/first time/friends-to-lovers story, and ends up with a kind of zany mystery. With nods to horror flicks all throughout the story, Jennet Alexanders' I Kissed a Girl turned out to be a lot of fun. With loads of chuckle worthy moments, Jennet Alexander breathes new life into this genre without taking it all too seriously. Four stars to I Kissed a Girl, for its toung-in-cheek handling of a hallway full of snakes! Audio performed by Natalie Naudus who does a wonderful job. The quick shifting between characters couldn't be easy, and this voice actor handles it perfectly. thank you to Dreamscape Media via NetGalley for the audio arc of I Kissed a Girl, all opinions are my own

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    It was suppose to give… but it didn’t give… what it’s suppose to gave? Haha This will forever be a 10/10 for being a sapphic romance with both Jewish MCs ♥️ but my LORD that was a booooooring read. Nothing wrong with it at all! Just…. Snooze fest

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laynie Rose

    I Kissed a Girl is everything I want in a sapphic romcom and more. I adored that Lilah and Noa were in different stages of their coming out process, showcasing that there is no "right" way to be queer. It was also incredibly refreshing to have a character still in the early stages of their coming out process while avoiding being an overdramatized coming out narrative. Lilah was able to come into herself and her bisexuality in a way that was real and relatable without being bogged down by fears o I Kissed a Girl is everything I want in a sapphic romcom and more. I adored that Lilah and Noa were in different stages of their coming out process, showcasing that there is no "right" way to be queer. It was also incredibly refreshing to have a character still in the early stages of their coming out process while avoiding being an overdramatized coming out narrative. Lilah was able to come into herself and her bisexuality in a way that was real and relatable without being bogged down by fears of homophobia like most coming out narratives are. The Hollywood aspects of the story were interesting and delightful, reminded me a lot of my old theatre days! Overall, this story was hilarious, relatable, and sincere. Utter love for this one. Can't wait to put it in people's hands!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    I listened to the audiobook for I Kissed a Girl on a whim, excited by a story about a horror movie actress infatuated with her makeup artist. As a whole, I enjoyed the book. I thought it had a lot of fun subplots (or maybe not "fun," but interesting), and wrapped everything up nicely. I've seen a lot of reviews kind of hating on this book, and I don't think it's THAT bad--I would recommend this one if you're looking for more Sapphic, celebrity romance in your life. The biggest issues I found, an I listened to the audiobook for I Kissed a Girl on a whim, excited by a story about a horror movie actress infatuated with her makeup artist. As a whole, I enjoyed the book. I thought it had a lot of fun subplots (or maybe not "fun," but interesting), and wrapped everything up nicely. I've seen a lot of reviews kind of hating on this book, and I don't think it's THAT bad--I would recommend this one if you're looking for more Sapphic, celebrity romance in your life. The biggest issues I found, and seem to be others' complaints as well, are the unlikability of Noah's character and the relatively slow pacing. Noah is a pretty judgmental person. This is something that's brought up throughout the book, so the author is definitely aware (and potentially accomplished her goal?) but I think the author crossed the line from flawed to unlikable. Noah, our makeup artist, seemed to judge Lilah, our actress from the get-go. She was one of those people who seemed to be in love with the idea of Lilah, rather than Lilah herself, as is sometimes the case in celebrity romances. Noah definitely did have character growth and development throughout the story, which is why it didn't bother me too much, but I think it could have been improved. It's interesting, because this audiobook is narrated by the same narrator who does One Last Stop. And she's a fabulous narrator, IMO. Though for the first few chapters I kept having to remind myself I wasn't listening to One Last Stop, because she does the exact same voices for the main characters, and it's also a f/f romance. A little jarring at first, but I soon got over it and into the story. Plus, the narrator is so good she probably improved the quality of the story as a whole. Thanks to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for my ALC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. tw/cw: stalking, snakes 4 stars - 6/10

  25. 5 out of 5

    phee !

    “And despite the fact that it was Noa who saw her makeup free and with bedhead first thing every morning, Noa who put Lilah’s face on her, it was also Noa’s heart that skipped tracks at the sight. A new facet, that was all it was, like seeing a bird of paradise in its native habitat for the first time.” I will admit that I’ve put off reading this book for a little while. I’d seen some less than stellar reviews about the trope within this book, but I regret putting it off so much now. For one, th “And despite the fact that it was Noa who saw her makeup free and with bedhead first thing every morning, Noa who put Lilah’s face on her, it was also Noa’s heart that skipped tracks at the sight. A new facet, that was all it was, like seeing a bird of paradise in its native habitat for the first time.” I will admit that I’ve put off reading this book for a little while. I’d seen some less than stellar reviews about the trope within this book, but I regret putting it off so much now. For one, the trope ‘insta love’ has nothing to do with falling in love over Instagram…who knew? For two, this book was so cute and cheesy. It was exactly what it displayed itself to be, a rom-com style novel with a cute sapphic romance on set of a horror film. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m not sure if it was the dampened down expectations that made the characters, main couple and story more enjoyable for me, but regardless, I enjoyed this book a damn sight more than I was worried I would. Both Noa and Lilah made really interesting and wonderful protagonists, and I enjoyed the insight that we got into both of their thoughts, feelings and actions throughout the course of the book. I also enjoyed the aspect of the both ‘will they/won’t they’ and ‘we can’t do this’ tropes. The co-workers to lovers storyline always has me in a grip, so seeing that come to life but sapphic edition had me enthralled; quite honestly. All in all, this was a lighthearted read perfect for summer with a sweet romance and great characters at its core. A huge thank you to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the opportunity to read this wonderfully written book ahead of it’s release. 3.5/5 stars, rounded up to 4! ⭐️

  26. 5 out of 5

    C. S.

    This was…fine, I guess. The book features a lesbian and a bisexual who are both Jewish, and those aspects I really enjoyed. But a minor personal epiphany for me was the realization that the “celebrity with a stalker” trope just does nothing for me. Like, at all. In addition to that, it kind of contributed to a feeling that the book couldn’t really decide what it wanted to be — millennial coming of age in a harsh and insecure work environment, romance, thriller, something…else I’m not even sure w This was…fine, I guess. The book features a lesbian and a bisexual who are both Jewish, and those aspects I really enjoyed. But a minor personal epiphany for me was the realization that the “celebrity with a stalker” trope just does nothing for me. Like, at all. In addition to that, it kind of contributed to a feeling that the book couldn’t really decide what it wanted to be — millennial coming of age in a harsh and insecure work environment, romance, thriller, something…else I’m not even sure what. I also didn’t really buy into the mc’s as into each other. They both had better chemistry with a piece of cheesecake than each other. I’m also a little frustrated with the sapphic dynamics I’m seeing in a lot of contemporary romances where there’s this endless song and dance of “oh is she into girls? But oh is she into ME? But oh I don’t want to presume or take any action whatsoever that can be construed as moving this relationship forward” and I’m just tired of it. I also have a lot of trouble when the main characters of a romance are suspicious of each other over comparatively low stakes stuff and do stupid things because of it. I can see this being really enjoyable for people who like theater themed romance, celebrity/non celebrity romance, and romantic suspense, but this really wasn’t the book for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    TheEuphoricZat

    Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for making this book available to me via #Netgalley . I have been reading a lot of Lesbian romances in the past few weeks and this one was just beautiful. Filled with laughter and slasher horror scenes. Honestly, it is so funny even when the humour is just dark. We follow Noa who is a special effects makeup artist. Instead of attending college as a medical student just like her parents wanted she decided to forge her own part in the horror genre makeup scene. This i Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for making this book available to me via #Netgalley . I have been reading a lot of Lesbian romances in the past few weeks and this one was just beautiful. Filled with laughter and slasher horror scenes. Honestly, it is so funny even when the humour is just dark. We follow Noa who is a special effects makeup artist. Instead of attending college as a medical student just like her parents wanted she decided to forge her own part in the horror genre makeup scene. This is when she finally meets Lilah Silver. Lilah is an actress who has long been trying to climb out of her B-list status. She no longer wants to just be the hot chick in the horror movie. She wants to be in a movie that the stabbing scenes don't live her drowning in stage blood. Oh, she is trying really hard. When Noa meets Lilah she is saying all the wrong things [because that is what you do in front of a very hot chick - Noa has no game]. The long hours on set keep bring them together and every encounter seems to drive them apart from each other until on faithful Kiss. A kiss that hints that the other girl might be more interested in the other! I really enjoyed this book. There is something about forced proximity stories that you know will drive you to the edge of your seat. Combine that with celebrity status and you know that you have some high stakes relationship on your hands!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I received an audiobook-ARC of this book from Netgalley and Dreamscape media in exchange for an honest review: Content warning: stalking I wanted to love this book. It has great bisexual, lesbian, and Jewish representation when it came to the main characters, and great Black, Indian American, Trans, rep when it comes to side characters. *This review contains spoilers* I’ll start with the things that I liked: -The premise ; make up artist falls for Hollywood’s favourite horror movie final girl. -Rel I received an audiobook-ARC of this book from Netgalley and Dreamscape media in exchange for an honest review: Content warning: stalking I wanted to love this book. It has great bisexual, lesbian, and Jewish representation when it came to the main characters, and great Black, Indian American, Trans, rep when it comes to side characters. *This review contains spoilers* I’ll start with the things that I liked: -The premise ; make up artist falls for Hollywood’s favourite horror movie final girl. -Relatable job struggles, and the hard decisions involved in following your dreams while risking security, or defying expectations. - I loved Lilah - she was an interesting and well rounded character; she didn’t follow any rules or expectations about what a bi woman should or shouldn’t look or act like. She was great However, so much of this story seemed great in theory, but fell flat in execution. I found the second main character, Noa, to be extremely unlikeable, despite attempts at redemption. She was extremely judgemental of Lilah for being “too girly”; liking the colour pink and enjoying romcoms. She treated Lilah’s “traditional femininity” as a defect. She eventually comes around and is convinced that she was too harsh/ judgemental of Lilah - but only after spending hours together where Lilah proves to her that she is interesting and complex despite all the pink. The banter between the two characters was really cute, but there were just so many misunderstandings and miscommunications that I left the book wondering if Noa and Lilah were even well matched for one another ! Opposites may attract, but neither trusted or respected the other for most of the book. It seemed like Noa only liked Lilah because of her celebrity crush, and Lilah just latched onto the first gay girl she met. They were determined to make it work but I didn’t feel convinced that they should. I also completely forgot about the secondary plot of the stalker until the end; it almost felt like an after thought. It was a really interesting addition and I felt could have served more in the story If given a little more attention. A lot of the misunderstandings and miscommunications were rooted in the stalking subplot , and it could have been given more attention instead of feeling rushed. The book felt like it was over before the stalking plot was resolved so the last few chapters that dealt with it felt as if they dragged on. Overall I liked this book- it was a light, fun read and pretty fast paced most of the time. I loved Lilah and all of the side characters, but wasn’t invested in her romance with Noa. Thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape media for this ARC

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mae - Twice Upon A Book

    Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks and Dreamscape for the ARC in exchange for an honest review CW: stalking, blackmail, fear of coming out I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS) -f/f hollywood romance -workplace romance -scary movies -a very cute puppy -two Jewish heroines -forbidden romance elements This was a cute read, but I struggled with the pacing. It was slow a lot, the book more concentrated on the plot of the film and what was going on there than the romance itself. It made it diffi Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks and Dreamscape for the ARC in exchange for an honest review CW: stalking, blackmail, fear of coming out I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS) -f/f hollywood romance -workplace romance -scary movies -a very cute puppy -two Jewish heroines -forbidden romance elements This was a cute read, but I struggled with the pacing. It was slow a lot, the book more concentrated on the plot of the film and what was going on there than the romance itself. It made it difficult to see the connection of the two MCs who didn't spend a lot time together. Noa was very judgy which made it hard to understand why she liked Lilah. I enjoyed the secondary characters and the fun setting. This was a light read of two people trying to find their place in the world and become comfortable in their own skin. Lilah was fun and very relatable with her trust issues and nerves about coming out as bisexual. Rating: 3 Steam: 1.5 (completely closed door).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for an alc of this book! Content Warnings at end of review. Lilah is cast as the "final girl" in a low budget horror movie, and Noa is getting her big break doing makeup and special affects for that movie. They immediately hit it off, but there are a lot of things conspiring to keep them apart--Lilah isn't out as bi yet, Noa's boss doesn't allow dating on sets, and something more sinister happening around the filming. This was a great, cute and quick audi Thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for an alc of this book! Content Warnings at end of review. Lilah is cast as the "final girl" in a low budget horror movie, and Noa is getting her big break doing makeup and special affects for that movie. They immediately hit it off, but there are a lot of things conspiring to keep them apart--Lilah isn't out as bi yet, Noa's boss doesn't allow dating on sets, and something more sinister happening around the filming. This was a great, cute and quick audiobook! I really enjoyed Lilah and Noa as characters and dual pov's. The voice actor's did a great job of distinguishing them! I liked the setting of this and seeing how behind the scenes on the horror movie was portrayed. I loved the budding romance and the adventure! Such a cute book. Pub date: August 3, 2021 Content Warnings Graphic: Stalking Moderate: Sexual content

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