Spoiler: I loved Cover Story.
A book that is marketed as a cross between Catch Me If You Can and Inventing Anna? I. AM. SOLD. Not only does Cover Story have the perfect cover with a 70's vibe, but it also has an interesting plotline told in a diary excerpt format, along with social media snippets, text exchanges and newspaper headlines. I devoured this one in a weekend. It has been a long time since I finished a book in such a short span of time (I honestly think No Exit by Taylor Adams was my last 48 hour read.) If you are looking for a fun summer/beach read, look no further than Cover Story by Susan Rigetti.
Aspiring writer Lora Ricci lands her dream internship at ELLE, where she meets the fabulous Cat Wolff. Cat is a contributing editor for ELLE and is a glamorous Austrian heiress who lives a life of extravagance in the Plaza Hotel. Lora works on a job assignment with Cat and a friendship blossoms. Soon, Cat has taken Lora under her wing, but Cat's facade begins to crack and soon Lora's world crumbles down as Cat's con artist life comes to light.
I cannot emphasis enough how much fun this book was to read. The format is genius and kept me entertained, plus I could easily read it with the kids around because it didn't require much attention span or brain power. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I read part of this book while lying on the ground and letting Silas crawl all over me. I just held my book up above my head and read in between diaper butts and baby feet being shoved in my face.
I agree with the comparison of Cover Story to movies like Catch Me If You Can and Netflix shows like Inventing Anna. Cat Wolff had some Anna-esque qualities (German/Austrian heiress with Russian ties, scamming those around her for money, living in a luxurious New York City hotel) but I was ok with that. It did not turn me off from the book and made it a bit easier to imagine happening for real. I love books set in New York City and have elements of socialites and extravagant NYC life. I like to think that in another life my Wisconsin country bumpkin butt would have moved to NYC after high school to attend NYU or Columbia, live in a shoebox sized apartment, ate pizza at 3am and casually walked through Central Park. (A girl can dream...)
Cover Story is the perfect book for easy breezy summer reading. I could see this one pairing nicely with a cold glass of champagne or prosecco and a little patio or beach reading. Cheers!
"I'll let you in on one of life's little secrets: most people are so caught up in their own internal drama and so worried about their own problems, they rarely pay attention to anyone or anything else for very long."