Play Shop: Let's Pretend Sets
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Throughout the story, we as the reader get to understand the life of the rich and famous, just the not so glamourous side. Lily Thane and Adam Harker are our main characters, are children of showbusiness who have known each other their whole career. It draws attention to both their modern day careers, with Adam continuing to flourish and Lily being caught in the past, only recognised for her work in her younger day. This story is told from the perspective of former childstar Lily Thane, now a somewhat struggling actress in her early thirties. Lily and Adam’s fauxmance is not the only thing in this book that is toxic. Adam himself, Talia, cousin Dido, the Momager, best friend Nina, even Lily herself, are all toxic in their own way. I quite liked Rafael, because he seems to be the only one who knows who and what he is. And most of all I disliked Dan, who thinks he is so nice, but is actually a hypocrite of the worst kind. Even Lily’s stalker Zalandra is more honest.
It’s awful to think real people out there, actors, singers, sportsman in the eye who think this is still the only option available to them! Many never do come out for fear.But as she gets swept up in Adam's hedonistic and lascivious lifestyle she also learns more of his secrets. Former child star Lily Thane is now a struggling thirty-something actress. Her old stage-school buddy, Adam Harker, is on the brink of making it big, but he needs an appropriate red-carpet companion to seal the deal, and Lily fits the bill.
Some of the characterisation in Let's Pretend can come across as a bit cliched; for example, when we are introduced to former child star Lily Thane - now a struggling 32-year-old actress - at the start of the novel, she is passing a joint to Nina Gill (a friend who Lily's mum - referred to throughout as the Momager - disapproves of) after another failed audition and this along with Lily 's nose job at 15 could be interpreted as all too familiar tropes about the trappings of fame. Lily Thane is a struggling actress so when she meets her old pal from stage school Adam Harker and he suggests she act as his partner in a media fuelled "Faux-Mance" she jumps at the chance for any limelight.
I noticed the font varies. Italics when Lily is thinking and reading. Then a different font when the information is from the internet.