The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen — JENN’S REVIEW


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Sarina Bowen is an all time favorite of mine. I will read ANYTHING she writes.


5 stars


Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

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I never know what to expect when I start a new Sarina Bowen book, but I know it’s going to be awesome.  The Fifteenth Minute lived up to my every expectation.

We meet Lianne in The Shameless Hour, and come to know her as Bella’s quirky, techy, super famous neighbor. Lianne has a crush on Daniel “DJ” Trevi, Leo’s little brother and the DJ for the Harkness hockey teams. Unfortunately for Lianne, growing up on a movie set hasn’t preparedher for how to act around cute boys. DJ, on the other hand, can’t believe his luck that the beautiful, famous Lianne is interested in him, and if his life was headed in a different direction, he would be all over that. Sadly for DJ, a college romance isn’t in his future.

I loved DJ and Lianne together. They were truly the perfect match. Lianne wasn’t swayed by DJ’s impending complications, and DJ couldn’t have cared less about Lianne’s “celebrity.” They just worked. They really fit together beautifully and handled each other’s problems in a mature, confident way. I enjoyed how they fed off of each other. Even when trying to stay apart, they just had this pull that kept driving them together.

Sarina really does an amazing job of keeping her books relevant to what is happening today, and what college kids are facing. DJ and Lianne’s problems were realistic,  straightforward, and dealt with in an honest way. There was no unnecessary angst, or drama for the sake of drama. Nothing felt forced and it made for another perfectly written book from Sarina. I can’t wait to see what she brings us next.

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