DNF Alert: Unrivaled

Alyson Noel - Unrivaled (Beautiful Idols, #1)
Published: May 10, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 420
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: DNF, so nada.

Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares.

I actually DNFed this on my birthday (November 10!) (I became 22!) (aka: #old) (Why am I using so many parentheses?) I read about 20 pages and closed the book, then the family and I had a great pizza dinner. I had to skim back through the book to remember what happened, honestly.

Okay, so it isn't a horrible book, don't get me wrong. I love LA and NYC-based books, but if you want a great LA-based book, you should sample Lauren Conrad's Fame Game/LA Candy trilogies or Lisa Yee's Absolutely Maybe, instead. Totally off-base here, but The Jimmy Kimmel NYC vs LA. videos are hilarious. Watch if you need a laugh.

The book starts with Madison strutting in her designer shoes, acting all schmancy before she has herself almost done in on Page 2. Meanwhile, the book flips back to the lesser characters, those being: Layla, who owns a blog named Beautiful Idols, surfers who surf, and horoscopes that horoscope.

Mateo was a Sagittarius, which made him a free spirit.

Layla was a Capricorn, which made her ambitious and a wee bit controlling - if you believed in those things, which of course Layla didn't. It was just some weird coincidence that in their case was true.

Because of course, coincidences are only coincidences. #Hmm

I usually enjoy the unlikable/unrelatble MCs, because out of their insecurities and abnormalities, I find one likeable personality trait and I'm able to draw onto that. We have Stevie from Paperweight and many of Nina LaCour MCs, but I blatantly couldn't find anything to familiarize myself to. Besides, the fact  Layla had a blog and it made it big in about 0000.2 seconds. Next.