No Ordinary Life

No Ordinary Life

by Suzanne Redfearn

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Suzanne Redfearn delivers another gripping page-turner in her latest novel, a story about a young mother's fight to protect her children from the dangerous world of Hollywood.

Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and their three children . . . or that she'd have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don't come without a price. In a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it's impossible to know whom to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family.

Emotionally riveting and insightful, NO ORDINARY LIFE is an unforgettable novel about the preciousness of childhood and the difficult choices a mother needs to make in order to protect this fragile time in her children's lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455533893
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 686,563
File size: 655 KB

About the Author

Suzanne Redfearn is a summa cum laude graduate from California Polytechnic University and is an architect, in addition to an author. She is also an avid surfer, golfer, skier, and Angels fan. She lives with her husband and children in California.

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No Ordinary Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Have you ever wondered life for a child actor was like? Have you also wondered how it impacted the other members in the family - the parents, siblings and so on? If so, go pick up this book now! It may be a fictional tale, but it felt just too real. Molly is a four year old who through the magic of YouTube gets discovered by a talent agent and then gets a part on the number one hit tv show and life should be perfect. But life isn't perfect and there are some realities about being famous that maybe people just don't think of.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn is about a child’s life in the motion picture industry and how it affects a whole family. Faye is applying for a job on the boardwalk in Santa Monica and she had to bring her children, Molly (4), Emily (12), and Tom (8) with her. Her husband, Sean is a truck driver. He disappeared five months prior and has not returned (or called). Molly, a precocious child, does an impromptu routine with a dancer (which people capture on their phones) and soon the video is a hit on-line. Faye soon gets a call from Monique Braxton of the Braxton Talent Agency. Molly is wanted for a Gap commercial. Faye sees this as a way out of their financial troubles (and an answer to her prayers). Molly does great in the commercial which quickly turns into a hit. Molly is then asked to audition for a popular show and gets the part. This is the beginning of a new life for all of them. But things are not rosy for the family. Emily is not happy. Because of the financial troubles, Faye moved the family in with her mother (in a small condo). Emily misses her friends and her old school. Then Sean comes crawling out of the woodwork (smells money) and starts making demands. What Faye thought was an answer to her prayers is turning into a nightmare. Will Faye make the right choices? No Ordinary Life gives you a peak at what life is like for families when one child is a star. The long hours, the lines, publicity, stalkers, etc. You may make good money, but it comes at a price. The authors writing style makes No Ordinary Life easy to read, but the content is extremely frustrating (not a relaxing book to read). I wanted to make Faye stop and think about her choices (as she kept making wrong choices). One thing about Faye that was annoying was she kept thinking about sex (a lot). Did she look sexy? Was she appealing to this person? Did they want to sleep with her? This went on through the whole book (and was really not needed). I started skimming (my word for speed reading) through these sections. I give No Ordinary Life 3 out of 5 stars. It was okay, but not great (she my personal feelings). I thought it was predictable (about life in Hollywood, the husband coming back for money, and the ending). I wish the author had been a little more creative. I received a complimentary copy of No Ordinary Life from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
Original review @ Broken marriage, child stars, greedy spouses, naïve Hollywood newcomers. What do all of these have in common? They are all plot points in No Ordinary Life, and they all work so very well together. Suzanne Redfearn has created a moving and thought provoking tale of what happens when you run from one life and leap into another that you are not prepared for. Faye’s husband has done a runner and has left her and their three children with nothing. Seeing no other option, Faye moves them to L.A. and in with her star obsessed mother. Cue the montage of struggling for a job and the angst of her babies. Then, with a seemingly innocuous dance, her family is thrust into fame and the pressures of Hollywood. Redfearn has a way of writing that sucks you in. She created a delicate balance of internal thought and external action that completely work within the scope of the story. She creates a vivid world, in which you can see the lights and hear the cacophony on the set. Her pacing is spot on and there were only a few lulls in the driving action. The plot was great, it was almost like reading a Where Are They Now special. The characters were spectacular. Their motivation was obvious and understandable. They were people you wanted to root for, people you wanted to see fall from grace and people that you just wanted to go away. Their interactions were powerful and the interplay was what made the book. I was so happily surprised by No Ordinary Life and with Suzanne Redfearn. I was thinking this would be another mom done her kids wrong or questing for fame novel and it was not. It was nuanced and strong and showed the power of a mother balancing what is best for her life and what is best for her children’s future. Redfearn is an author to watch, as her turn of phrase and vivid world building are top notch. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ribbet More than 1 year ago
Grabbed me from page one and didn't let go. Insightful and intriguing, this is one of those stories you continue to think about long after the last page is done.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book about a single mom whose husband has decided to just run off and leave his wife and three kids for about a year. She's trying to make ends meet and ends up having to move to LA and live with her mother in her condo. Her precocious little four year old daughter gets "discovered" while they are out at an outdoor mall putting in job applications for a waitress job. This leads to a commercial and then to a starring role on the number one TV show. Of course, the dad sees the commercial and comes running back with his girlfriend with his hand out. The story is funny, sad, emotional, crushing, sincere and entertaining. I enjoyed the story, as well as most of the characters. The author did a great job with both as I really didn't want to leave the story when it ended. I felt that I had become a part of this family and wanted to stick around and see them grow up. It was a pleasurable and satisfying read in that the good got theirs and the bad got theirs. Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I would definitely recommend picking up this book and spending an afternoon with the Martin family.
Holly More than 1 year ago
No Ordinary Life is the tale of what Hollywood fame can do to a family. Faye is struggling to take care of her three kids who are Emily, Tom & Molly, after her husband takes off without warning and has to move back in with her mother in Los Angeles. When out one day with the kids trying to find a job, her four year old daughter Molly, is found dancing at a outdoor concert which leads to a YouTube video and being discovered for her talent. As Molly and Faye navigate the fame world and discovering that Faye's son, Tom is talented even though he had a problem of not talking around other people just a few month prior. Emily being the oldest and not involved in acting, has her taking desperate steps to get into the game but when Faye's husband shows back up, everything falls apart with the entire family. After a horrifying incident with Emily and with a stalker that involves Molly, Faye does what she thinks is right for her family before it's too late to save them all. I really enjoyed this book, it will have you so wrapped up in it that nothing else will matter until the last page is read. You hear stories of what Hollywood fame will do to kids and Suzanne does a fantastic take on the what fame does to a child and their family in this book. This may be my first book that I have read by Suzanne but it's surly not gonna be my last!! Thank You to Suzanne Redfearn for writing a story that will have you staying up way past your bedtime just to find out what happens with Faye and her family!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.