Title: At First Blush
Author: Beth Ellyn Summer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lacey has thousands of followers watching her makeup tutorials on LaceyBlushes—her YouTube channel. And she dreams of the day when her count reaches a million. A high school internship at a fashion magazine might just be the key. She can spend the summer holed up in the makeup closet creating more amazing videos than ever.
But her plans come to a crash when the editor assigns her junk products to sponsor and when the magazine’s feature celebrity—troubled teen musician Tyler Lance—just wont leave her alone. Everything culminates in pushing her to choose between her online self and real life self: creating the opportunity for her to gain or lose everything.
At First Blush was beyond a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t heard anything about the book and didn’t really remember the description from when I requested it like forever ago. It has so many good things that I absolutely love.
First it has makeup. I don’t share it a lot on here—besides my makeup haul—but I have recently gotten moderately into makeup and doing my makeup. It also has YouTube. I loved getting a behind the scenes look at what it means to be sort of this big top-level YouTuber. I don’t follow any makeup or beauty YouTubers—although I like to think I’d follow LaceyBlushes (making that channel with videos would’ve been such good marketing promo)—I do follow a handful of BookTubers and really enjoy the community.
Plus she’s working at a magazine in New York City—which is very Carrie Bradshaw and #lifegoals for me. And there is a celeb teen heart-throb. I am complete trash for romances that involve a celebrity if done well, and I surprisingly haven’t read a lot of young adult with the trope. In the case of this story it is a teen musician who is trying to revamp his image by editing the issue of the magazine.
Plot and writing wise it is very young adult contemporary fluff—a favorite of mine. It just works really well with the content of the story as well as our main character. It is one of those feel good young adult novels that is just like cotton candy and sunshine when reading. There was a smile on my face the whole way through.
On to our main character. Lacey is up and coming on YouTube. She is really trying to focus on growing her channel with more and better quality content. She sees her internship as an opportunity for that. Part of it is that she knows she and her family really needs for her to get a contract because their furniture shop isn’t doing great.
Anyway I love that she loves makeup. I feel like girls loving makeup oftentimes get portrayed as fake or shallow and she is most certainly not. The book even touches on that a bit talking about how makeup is about confidence and also acts as an art form for those who are into applying makeup.
Lacey is driven but still unsure and flailing a little bit. There is a lot being thrown at her and she is trying to juggle it all—YouTube, internship, friends, family. It felt so real to me as I feel the same a lot of the time. She was just really sweet, friendly, and like someone I would want to be friends with.
Her friend is actually working on a comedy sketch talk show across the street and that dynamic and relationship was interesting. It wasn’t central to the book. I don’t really feel any of the problems were central to the book. More so it was all these different points of stress and conflict.
She also makes friends with some of the other interns and employees at the magazine. It was nice. None of the relationships were overly developed but I don’t think they needed to be. They kind of all served their purpose.
Tyler Lance was a treat. I really enjoyed him. He had this interesting back story of an ex-boyband member fallen from grace. His personality definitely flipped back and forth—with Lacey being the reason for the good changes most of the time. He was the just the right parts sweet and oblivious for me to really love him but also get really frustrated with him—just like boys in real life.
At First Blush is perfect for makeup and media lovers alike. A fun, light, and loveable contemporary you sure do not want to miss out on. You can find At First Blush on Amazon and the author at bethellynsummer.com.