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Posted December 11, 2012
From a distance, Lily Lockwood has it all. She¿s the star of a
From a distance, Lily Lockwood has it all. She’s the star of a popular and acclaimed TV series with a handsome boyfriend poised to become a big time Hollywood leading man. But in her own eyes, her life is unraveling. That boyfriend, Jamie, is cheating on her with his costar on a film set miles away, and Lily’s mother, Daisy, is comatose following a devastating car accident.
The Seeds of a Daisy opens with Lily by Daisy’s side in the hospital, begging her to return to the realm of the conscious. As she waits for news from the doctors, she reflects on her life and relationship with her mother, who raised Lily alone and guided her through the mad world of Hollywood. When Lily goes through Daisy’s possessions in search of a living will, she discovers things about her mother’s past that she could never have dreamed of, things that reveal the woman behind the tough-cookie career queen Daisy the bestselling author was known as.
Caiola writes with a natural, conversational style that brings Lily’s voice to life. The realistic dialogue and easy, fluid prose carry the story forward in a way that makes the pages turn themselves. The reader is privy to all of Lily’s thoughts and raw emotions as she faces the madness her life has become—her grief, her anger, her hope, and then some. Each moment is a suspenseful one for Lily as she waits for news from the doctors and comes to grips with reality, and that suspense carries over to the audience, making this book an unexpectedly fast-paced page-turner. Although the story is told from Lily’s point of view, The Seeds of a Daisy, as the title implies, is as much about Daisy—her effect on Lily and the world around her. Lily spends much of the book reflecting on her somewhat codependent relationship with her mother and learning to stand on her own and take charge of her life.
Behind the mother-daughter drama is a colorful supporting cast and a fascinating glimpse of Hollywood politics. While the reader sees Lily as a vulnerable young woman, the rest of the world views her as a celebrity to be gossiped about. Paparazzi mob her in the hospital lobby, trying to get a snapshot of her distraught face for the tabloids. So when Jamie flies back to be with her, is he actually trying to comfort her, or is this another publicity stunt? Meanwhile, Daisy’s longtime friends flock to Lily’s side out of genuine concern.
Also, I must note that this book seems incredibly well-researched on the hospital drama front. The medical jargon and explanations—dry and impenetrable to both the reader and Lily—add to the story’s realistic atmosphere. Although the book’s set-up, with the Emmy’s and the paparazzi hovering in the background, may seem glamorized, the story itself is very down-to-earth. Lily may not be the most eloquent speaker, but her words ring true even though she sometimes seems to have trouble expressing her emotional frenzy.
I didn’t mean to read The Seeds of a Daisy in one sitting, but I ended up getting so absorbed in the drama and the characters that I couldn’t put it down. Entertaining, gripping, and sometimes tear-jerking, it’s the kind of book that’s easy to get lost in.
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Posted June 10, 2013
This novel is an excellent combination of great story-telling mi
This novel is an excellent combination of great story-telling mixed with insider Hollywood info. I found the main character's journey gripping, and I finished the book in a day.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Although in many books it's hard for the reader to relate to a character who's a famous actress, that wasn't the case in The Seeds of a Daisy. Lily, the main character, is human like the rest of us, slightly flawed like the rest of us, and going through a situation that is too horrifying for many of us to comprehend. I found myself wishing I could be there for her.
The writer does an excellent job of weaving past and present as well as introducing a variety of colorful characters along the way. The dialogue flows easily and the pages flew by.
As someone who has lived in both California and New York, I personally loved all of the specific LA and NY references. Also, the writer's experience with the entertainment industry shines through.
The book helps us examine our own lives, relationships and friendships. There's a mix of both heavy, difficult moments as well as lighter ones that will make you smile. I highly recommend it.
Posted December 15, 2012
I thought the book was terrific. I got into it quickly. It grabs
I thought the book was terrific. I got into it quickly. It grabs you and doesn't let you go. I laughed out loud and wept through a few parts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Did you ever read a book where you miss the characters after you're done--well this is that good. EXCELLENT. Hope there is a sequel.
Posted December 11, 2012
While the story itself is compelling and the characters three-di
While the story itself is compelling and the characters three-dimensional, I was most impressed by the believability of the interactions between each character. It felt conversational, real and organic. The writer definitely has a knack for the human condition. If you have some time, a good head on your shoulders and wished to be swept up in a kaleidoscope of surprise, emotion and intrigue, definitely pick this book up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2012
I LOVED this book!
A friend of mine recommended this book to me. I have to say that from the moment I picked it up I was pulled right into the story--from the first page! I put the book down three times-- I ended up reading it all day (It is Sunday, so there was no work or any other distractions)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The characters were so rich and real. I found myself laughing out loud and yes I shed some tears. I hope there is a second book! I am absolutely going to give it to my friends for Xmas. It's sexy, dramatic, funny and heartbreaking. GREAT READ.
Posted December 9, 2012
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