The Blonde Bookworm: Limelight by Amy Poeppel -- Review

Limelight by Amy Poeppel -- Review

Monday, June 4, 2018

Title: Limelight 
Author: Amy Poeppel 
Pages: 416
Publishing: May 1st 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 1501176374


In a smart and funny new novel by the author of Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor as their lives merge with the captivating world of Broadway.

Allison Brinkley—wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist—discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initially thought.

Allison learns that New York is unruly and bewildering, defying the notions she developed from romantic movies and a memorable childhood visit. After a humiliating call from the principal’s office and the loss of the job she was counting on, Allison begins to accept that New York may not suit her after all.

When Allison has a fender-bender, witnessed by a flock of mothers at her son’s new school, she is led to the penthouse apartment of a luxurious Central Park West building and encounters a spoiled, hungover, unsupervised teenager who looks familiar. It doesn’t take long to recognize him as Carter Reid—a famous pop star who has been cast in a new Broadway musical. Through this brush with stardom, Allison embraces a unique and unexpected opportunity that helps her find her way in the heart of Manhattan.

In a book that delivers laughs, warmth, and delightful wish fulfillment, Poeppel dives into celebrity culture and modern motherhood with her trademark style.


I was a huge fan of Small Admissions, so when I saw Poeppel had another novel coming out, I was very excited. Limelight was entertaining and fun from start to finish and Poeppel's writing style did not disappoint. Poepple's characters were smart, fresh, and genuinely made me want to a part of their family. The story line was a lot of fun and kept me turning pages late into the night. 

The main character Allison is by far my favorite part of the novel. She is a wonderful mom who puts her kids first and she even transfers her mom skills to kids who aren't her own. She was smart, funny, tough, and didn't take crap from anyone. I loved her personality and I think she really made the book for me. There were so many great characters in this novel, so I can't comment on all of them, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each character. 

Limelight is a fun and entertaining novel and I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoyed Poeppel's earlier Small Admissions. Her light and fresh writing style is even better in Limelight! I loved the small glimpse into the Broadway life, and I look forward to more novels from Poeppel in the future. Thank you Atria and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 4/5 


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