ROMANCE

Take Two, Birdie Maxwell

Berkley Mar. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780593546550. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Birdie Maxwell grew up feeling like she only ever belonged when she was with the O’Brien twins—her best friend Mona and secret crush Elliot—or on stage, where she could live out any story. Now she’s grown into movie star Birdie Robinson, the queen of rom-coms and America’s sweetheart. After she’s scapegoated for calling out a popular director’s sexist on-set behavior, she impulsively heads to her hometown to ride out the vitriol. There, the discovery of an anonymous love letter from someone in her past gives her an idea—get back in the nation’s good graces by living out her own rom-com, tracking down her lost love, and finding her own happily-ever-after. And who better to script Birdie’s romance than her off-limits crush, Pulitzer-nominated reporter and childhood friend Elliot O’Brien? Birdie and Elliot drive a ramshackle RV through California to the high-roller tables of Las Vegas, dodging public recognition, the paparazzi, and their own pasts as they search for her mystery man.
VERDICT Scotch’s (The Rewind) passionate and fast-paced story follows a roller coaster of ups and downs involving fame, friendship, and family. Will satisfy fans of classic rom-coms like Notting Hill and You’ve Got Mail.
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