Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
Book Description from Goodreads.
Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca “Bec” Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world’s top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes smoothly. Bec quickly realizes that Parker’s “accident” may not have been quite so accidental, and when the First Lady’s life is threatened, Bec is determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with bitchy models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who are both vying for her heart.
A really fast paced read that reminded me of Gallagher Girls. I really enjoyed Bec’s witty behavior and her hacking antics. It was fun to read about a teenage girl hacker who is, let’s be honest, a little over her head trying to solve Parker’s antics. However, I definitely felt annoyed towards Bec a some points, here she is, someone with a lot of potential and opportunity, and she’s constantly being caught hacking and gets kicked out of another school. She seemed really ungrateful towards her mother and her life (actions have consequences).
In my opinion there were some parts of the book that felt the character’s behavior little forced and wasn’t very authentic. Bec was a hard character for me to relate to, but I enjoyed the other characters and they, in my opinion, made the book. There were also some parts that slowed the pace and muddled the story a bit. Overall It’s a great fun summer read. 3/5 stars
Published: 2014, 289 pages.