Like a Virgin by Paige Nick

2nd May 2016

What the publisher says:

Hilarious, sassy, fresh and at times completely outrageous, this is an utterly unputdownable feel-good debut from Paige Nick.

Grace Hendriks has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs Grace to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a seedy club in Amsterdam, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for . . . until she ends up onstage with only a pole for support and her lacy knickers in a knot!

Thrown into strip-club life, and forced to share an apartment with an exotic troupe of impersonating divas with Lady Gaga-sized egos, Grace has to learn some hard lessons fast. One: living with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna isn’t easy. And two: transformations don’t happen overnight – especially when your bra is determined to sabotage your dance routine.

 

 

What I say:

 

This is the story of a naïve girl from South Africa who flies to Amsterdam to fulfil a contract her sister had committed to before breaking her leg.  Grace is to spend a couple of months as a Rihanna impersonator to raise money for her sister to go back to college.  The story revolves around the club where Grace performs and introduces other impersonators who work at the club and also share a house.  She, understandably, struggles with what she needs to do to earn the most money possible while also trying to keep the truth from her fiancé Lucas who is back home in South Africa.  Through his messages Lucas comes across as controlling and possessive, something pointed out by one of her new friends from the club although it takes some time for Grace to see it.

Certain elements of the story were predictable, such as the son taking over the running of the club from his parents and changing the rules for the performers.  I have to say though that I didn’t expect the twist featuring Marilyn Monroe!

The ending seemed a little sudden for my liking, Lucas suddenly appearing and changing from disapproving of the performing to wanting Grace to continue so that she can earn money for their future within the same conversation seemed a little unlikely to me.  I also wasn’t convinced that Grace would suddenly have the initiative to suggest something to Rihanna’s people when they contact her.

 

Rating 3 out of 5

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